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What's Tricky This Coming Week ???

With produce travelling from all corners of the globe there is always something you should stay away from.

This page is designed to ensure you don’t get caught out by listing something on your menu when supply is proving slightly tricky.

Fresh produce revolves around the climate so changes happen frequently, make sure you come back every week to find out what will be difficult during the coming week.

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How MEGA Is Our Hammer Head This Week???

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    Corn on Cob

    The green ears holding sweet and milky kernels of corn have come to a close so if you are using this please take note.

    Obtaining best flavour from corn on the cob is all about how quickly you get the corn from plant to plate so it doesn’t feel right looking around for imported options.

    If you desperately still require this it may return from Southern Europe in a few weeks but until then its time to adjust your corn offering.

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    UK Strawberry

    Its time to shed a tear as this week we will see the UK strawberry season come to an end for another year.

    This is early compared to last year but with the severe heat we have all witnessed the strawberry plants have been put under severe pressure this year resulting in diminishing energy and the season-closing early.

    We may get through to the second part of the week but we will be switching into imported crop during the later part of the week.

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    The swift season for greengage has come to a close for another year and these green-skinned yet yellow fleshed gages won't be back until next July.

    The UK plum season is also very nearly over so the only real option is imported ruby plums for the time being

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    This year we have seen a bumper crop of Turkish figs, volumes have been great and coupled with fantastic quality everyone has been happy with these ruby meat beauties.

    The Brazilian season is a little time away so things will be getting pretty tight, expect prices to be on the rise.

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    Blueberry is moving away from our European shores into air-freighted fruit from the southern hemisphere.

    The quality will be amazing but anything that travels by air is hugely expensive - Please watch out

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    Grelots will start to fade away, the red variety will be the first to go followed by the white.

    We will then have a short gap until the Italian production starts but these are miles apart from the French bulbous variety we have enjoyed all summer.

    WATCH OUT...

Potato Trouble

This time of year is critical for the most overused and often forgotten about crop we grow in the UK.

Potatoes are used on most things and over the years there is no doubt it has turned into a commodity crop that we all just expect to be available in good supply and quality at all times.

We have all been aware of the severe heat we have faced and the impending issue with crops that are still in the ground due to lack of water.

We will be doing an indepth piece on the potato forcast over the coming week but of late we have been receiving warnings from potato growers and processors across the land warning of a troublsome season ahead.

Early lifts of the crop are showing signs of lack of large graded potatoes which are used for bakers, chips etc along with reduced yields. Just take a look at the words flowing from Koffman’s!!!!

There isn't a shortage just now but please be warned as this coming 18/19 season could be extremely troublesome for our trusty tuber as the rest of the crop is lifted and inspected.

We will keep you updated.....
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