The first direct pallet from Univert in Provence, France, is due this Friday. We always get a bit excited about their produce. For one, because they’re a co-operative of small growers, and secondly, because they specialise in luscious leafy greens, like fresh herbs, spinach & lettuces. By trading directly with them, we manage to reduce the time it takes to get from the field to our display (and your fork!)
Spanish growers experienced their first frost last week. Most of Europe relies on Spanish ratatouille vegetables at this time of year, so when the frost hits, these crops quickly become scarce. First to be affected are cucumbers, courgettes and aubergines. Peppers are fine for now. In fact, they are looking and tasting particularly great at the moment.
The UK offer of brassicas (aka: cruciferous vegetables) remains strong, despite the low availability of kale. Kalettes, sprouts, leafy and hard cabbages make for a wide range. Francis Sampson, who is our winter cauliflower supplier in Cornwall, is sending a pallet to us on Thursday. He says purple sprouting broccoli is about to get to a good size, so that’s something to look forward to.
Finally, Seville oranges are now in their prime. There is nothing like making your own marmalade, especially on these rainy days. And for those feeling adventurous: a bergamot lemon gives it an unusual and delicious twist!