The trophy certainly adds sparkle to Buyer’s Walk, just like the kaleidoscope of new spring produce.
Asparagus, of course, is plentiful. English salads are also coming on strong, with Iceberg and oak leaf soon joining the earlier crops. Outdoor rhubarb is a good call, too - although you can still find the very last of the indoor pink at traders such as H G Walker.
You’ll find some early strawberries, but the bulk are Spanish or Belgian. It’s still a touch early for most English soft fruit. Raspberries are your best bet; gooseberries and currants will be along soon.
For homegrown veg, other highlights are wild garlic (some now flowering), curly kale and new potatoes such as Jersey Royals (chats; mids; ware) or Kentish.
There are local artichokes courtesy of S Thorogood, which are also holding the first British marrows of the season.
Spanish stone fruit is building up momentum. Apricots, nectarines and peaches have all just started. Cherries, too, although quality can be a hit and miss due to poor weather in some parts of Spain.
Melons are also arriving in force from Southern Europe. You’ll find all the varieties on hard, such as Charentais, Galia, Cantaloupe and watermelons (pink / red and also on-trend yellow varieties).
Mangoes and papaya hail from Central and South America. Late clementines are the Murcott variety from Spain, actually a cross between a tangerine and sweet orange. Headlines for veg include peas and broad beans from the continent. There's also a dazzling variety of tomatoes.
Other specialties include wild asparagus, Borlotti beans, chard, aubergines, puntarelle, courgettes (round; straight; flowers) radish, spiky cucumbers, cime di rapa, celeriac, fennel, flat leaf parsley, and the stunning violet garlic in the picture below. Try European Salad Company or The French Garden for more upmarket lines.
Another rarity is this Ponzino lemon from European Salad Company, a rare citrus variety.
Foraged goods include nettles, elderflower and the first of the European wild mushrooms such as girolle, mousseron (below at The Mushroom Man) and Morel.
See you in June, when summer will be in full swing. As always, use the Comments box for any questions or queries.