Spring is officially on the horizon!
Glebelands will be delivering our first lot of daffodils and broad bean seedlings this week, marking a subtle but significant shift from winter into spring. Incidentally we’re already stocking seed potatoes courtesy of New Fields, currently Marfona and Charlotte with many more varieties on the way.
But as we welcome in new lines and warmer climes, it does mean it’s time to say goodbye to some of our winter favourites. Blood oranges are coming to a close after a glorious season, and we received our last delivery of UK pears today from Sweet Apple Orchards down in Sussex.
Onto UK highlights and we’ve got three pallets courtesy of Francis Sampson expected this week, whose produce has been an absolute standout for us this year so far. Expect purple sprouting broccoli, green curly kale, spring greens and his famously photogenic caulis. From Europe, courgettes are looking good and competitively priced, whilst an excellent supply of green and red lettuces from Univert, Provence are doing their bit to keep the fridge looking fabulous. We also had our first delivery of Spanish broad beans last week, to tide you over until your very own homegrown beans are ready for harvest!
One final note: We can’t pretend our hard working veg buyers have been having it easy this month, it has been a challenging time but we would like to take this opportunity to once again remind everyone that we have plenty of cucumbers, peppers, lettuces, tomatoes, cauliflowers and everything else you would expect on our shelves at this time of year. There may be the odd gap here and there but, as usual, we have deliveries almost daily.
It is at times like these that we are so grateful for the wonderful relationships we have built with our suppliers in the UK and on the continent. Paying fair prices for produce, crop planning and paying on time are just three ways in which we are able to not only keep a bountiful display of produce, but also help contribute to building fair and resilient food systems.