There’s a hint of spring in the air this week and we’re happy to report the longer days are helping some of the UK crops still in the ground to bulk up nicely. Cornish cauliflowers in particular are at their best right now; after a few difficult weeks of stunted growth we now have plenty of large, beautiful, fresh heads coming in twice a week from Francis Sampson’s farm down in Penzance.
Kale is making a bold come back too; as usual we will have green curly kale on offer, along with vibrant red curly, the sweet tasting Russian variety and winter wonderland – a pretty mix of green, red and white kales grown by Pam Bowers and family at Strawberry Fields in Lincolnshire.
Spring greens are a good choice for a more tender leaf; these hardy, vitamin-packed brassicas are good for growing over winter due to their ability to withstand harsh weather conditions. Ready for harvest in early spring, they are a welcome addition when other UK lines are dwindling. Smart cooks will easily get a few meals out of the bags from Strawberry Fields, Pam fills hers to the brim. Also keep an eye out for her rocket bags, which have a fantastic pepperiness at the moment. For the plastic-conscious shopper we will also be offering some loose rocket from Libby Flintoff in Preston at the weekend – re-use your bags from home to keep the rocket leaf fresh.
From our European suppliers we’ll have the first of the new season bunched carrots and asparagus, both popular customer favourites and a welcome addition to the range. Fruit wise, we are all about the berries – blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and strawberries are brightening many a staff breakfast, all come recommended for flavour!