Fruit and Veg

Fruit and veg in season this August

Written by Tom Moggach
July 31, 2018

Two nuns on Buyers' Walk - an unusual sight. They vanished before I caught up with them.

But it's the recent heatwave that's big news. Temperatures have now cooled, but the effects will be evident on the Market for months to come. 

"It's affected just about everything," says Michael Barrett on H G Walker. "It's going to get worse before it gets better," adds Simon Collier-Ward on Side Salads

Prolonged high temperatures and lack of rain have caused problems for a large range of crops. Lettuces, for example, stop growing above 30C. 

Carrots, onions and potatoes have all suffered in the drought. For more info see here

The Fresh Produce Journal also reports how dry conditions have created problems for growers attempting to plant winter brassicas. 

But it's not all doom and gloom. UK cherries look great after the dry weather - get here quick to claim the last of the crop. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report August 2018 Cherries

Great to see a British grower invest in some classy packaging, too.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report August 2018 Cherry Packaging

The first juicy British sweetcorn has started. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report August 2018 Sweetcorn

British plums are here - early varieties such as Opal, with Victoria's along soon.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report August 2018 Plums

From across the Channel, we have Mirabelle plums. The first greengages are on stream, too. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report August 2018 Mirabelle Plums

English apples and pears are imminent - starting with the crisp Discovery. Cobnuts are also trickling in, with French crops before the English. 

Gooseberries (red and green), currants, blueberries and raspberries are highlights right now. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report August 2018 Blackberries
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report August 2018 Blackcurrants

On the veg front, there's plenty of British runner beans and broad beans are going steady. (From the Continent, there's also Coco de Paimpol, Borlotti, Taccole and more ...)

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report August 2018 Runner Beans
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report August 2018 Broad Beans

Peas, however, have struggled in the heat, with smaller yields reported. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report August 2018 Peas

Tomatoes and squashes have been loving the sun. There's an abundance of British courgettes, marrows and patty pans.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report August 2018 Marrows
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report August 2018 Patty Pans

Other lines from the Continent include green almonds, Petit Violet artichokes, Jerusalem artichokes and aubergines of all kinds. 

Wild mushroom includes girolles, trompette, ceps and chanterelle. (You may find Scottish girolle if you're very lucky). 

From Southern Europe, stone fruit is still plentiful - including peaches (blood and white), nectarines and apricots. Melons are abundant. 

It's a prime time for European grapes, too, such as these top-class Muscat at The French Garden. Prima and Chasselas are other key French varieties. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report August 2018 Muscat Grapes
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report August 2018 Grapes

The first of the Bursa black figs from Turkey are now trickling in, although prices are high for now. (Find out more on this fabulous fruit in our Guide). Right now, wholesalers also offer green and black figs from France, Spain and Italy. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report August 2018 Bura Black Figs

See you in September. Personally, I can't wait for my first haul of English apples. Do drop us a line with any comments or queries. 

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