Jacket 40s and 50s have come down a bit, washed whites are up and midds are up too. The cheaper midds are finishing and are no longer good enough, jackets are running out of supply and the same with washed whites, This will get worse before it gets better. MORE NEWS TO COME WHEN WE HAVE IT. People are struggling to buy them.
Both red and green are up in price because of the French season coming to an end.
Changeover between two Spanish seasons at the moment, which might result in some fluctuation in prices. Quality is good.
We've just switched over to a Mexican supply, which at first will be noticeably more expensive. Rest assured these high prices will not last.
These have finally dropped in price!! There is now lots more English available!
Apricot, Peach and Nectarine
These will not be available again until roughly May when French and Spanish start.
We have moved from the cold-stored Spanish produce to a new Spanish season. The quality of the new onions is very good, but some of them have a skin that isn't fully formed, and quite thin.
Price on these is up because the quality isn’t as good as it has been.
The price on cucumber has dropped slightly because we have more Spanish coming in. Dutch still isn’t good enough as it is quite floppy.
Again, the Spanish season has finished, with only light pink coloured onions now available. We're using English at the moment, but soon the best option will be from Tasmania, which at first will be expensive, but those prices will ease after a few days.
We're in the middle of the transition between Spanish and Dutch seasons, using Canary produce at the moment. Prices fluctuating.
Williams are a cheaper option to the expensive conference at the moment.
We've changed from South African to Chilean, which are much sweeter.
Have gone up this is because one of the major growers has finished, so it puts pressure on the other suppliers.
Mangetout and sugar snaps
Same story for the last few months - Kenyan weather is severely affecting the supply. Prices have been high for a while.
We have had a drop in price on these as we have now moved onto Indian.
These are very green/under-ripe at the moment. This is because there has been a bigger demand for them, so the suppliers aren’t getting chance to let them get ripe before they sell them.
Cauliflower / Broccoli
There's a shortage on these, due to poor temperatures in the evening and at night, which is the time that they grow most quickly. The prices are likely to stay a little high for the time being.
The English season has started, but the first batch that arrived had a high water content, to the extent that on some days we weren't able to buy any at all at the right quality. Subsequent batches have been better, but prices remain high.
English season is here, so prices will not reach the heights that they were at two weeks ago. As it is, they're slightly erratic, and a little on the high side. It should level off soon.
These have returned to normal prices again after the recent problems. Spanish season is now in full swing, and the weather there has improved.
The Italian season is producing a low yield at the moment (this is having a slight effect on fennel and parsley too). Unfortunately, we can expect it to get worse before it gets better, so please consider alternatives to radicchio wherever possible. We are looking into the possibility of buying in red little gems as a replacement.
Suppliers have been asking ridiculous prices recently for these. Some days we weren't able to get hold of any at a reasonable price. The shortage shouldn't last for more than the next few days.