‘A’ is for April and asparagus – the main arrival this month. Other stars include tomatoes, wild garlic, rhubarb and Jersey Royals.
In a recent poll of market traders, healthy eating was voted as the number one trend boosting their sales. If you travel across London, it’s not hard to see why. High-end juice bars.
At this time of year, France is laughing – the warmer climate means growers edge ahead with early spring crops such as wild garlic and asparagus.
“Now the buzz word is local,” says Martin Gallagher at Pomona. “People want our stuff to be English if at all possible.”
There’s a positive side to the recent fruit and veg crisis – a renewed appreciation of British produce.
Courgette crisis. Supermarkets with empty shelves. The news was stuffed with the dire impacts of freezing weather in Southern Europe.
What food trends might we expect in 2017? Weirder predictions include blue-algae coffee and flours made from pulverised insects.
This month, of course, is extra festive. After my trip to the Market, I dragged home a vast bunch of holly and a 6ft Christmas tree.
A picture of Gwyneth Paltrow enjoys pride of place on Chris Molyneux's desk.