Believe it or not, it’s spring! And while it might not exactly feel like it on this side of the channel, brighter weather on the continent means lots and lots of new produce for our plates.
We had our first delivery of asparagus last week from Spain, and it’s looking positively gorgeous. A quintessential springtime veggie, asparagus is really versatile and can be roasted, sauteed, pickled, and steamed. French beans are also back, also Spanish, and another great candidate for steaming and sauteing. Celery is another highlight: very robust and absolutely enormous.
On the fruit side, loquats are our latest new addition to the fruit stand. Sometimes known as Japanese Medlar, loquats have a delicate tangy flavour which makes them a great option for jams and chutneys. We’ve also a full range of berries—strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries—with full supply for the weekend ahead.
This time of year does of course mean we’re coming to the end of a few of our winter lines; namely citrus, green curly kale, and squash. No more pumpkins now until the UK season starts later in the year, but we’ll have a limited supply of Sampson’s kale this weekend, and still hanging on to the last of the European citrus!
From the UK, Duncan Gielty’s pak choi is still going strong, but we’ll be looking to get Euro to supplement for the weekend. Purple sprouting broccoli is still looking fabulous, with consistent supply coming in from the usual suspects, Francis Sampson, Organic Pantry, and Pool Hullock Farm..
Libby Flintoff will be back this week too with her spinach beet and coriander expected on Thursday, so lots to look forward to!