Market Report - July


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Fresh from Rungis

Our buyer Nick says: "Although French salads are still available, we’ve also got reasonably priced and excellent quality English salads that are being very well received.  Our spinach is all French and although production always incurs problems throughout summer, we have good quality and sufficient quantity.  Old crop truffle potatoes are now finished but the new is readily available, although at a slightly higher price. Coloured carrots from our partner Martin from Zonherd in Holland are still plentiful and good quality. Also, the good news is that we’ve started new crop coloured beetroots. The artichoke market in Brittany has had more ups and downs than a yo-yo! But we’re finding the right articles at the right time."

Fresh from Milan

Our buyer Tess says: "Milan is now in full sweltering heat - the heavy rains and storms seem to have stopped. The soft fruits are well underway, with the full selection of peaches (yellow, white, flat and percoca), nectarines, plums, apricots and huge black and green fresh figs. There is a wide variety of beans, too, at the moment in all sizes and colours from black bobby beans to the bright borlotti and everything in between.

For tomatoes, we're now seeing new season Cuore di Bue tomatoes. Vesuvio, the marmite of the tomato world, is back! Grown on the slopes of Vesuvius, the rich soil and sunshine does amazing things. We also have the delicious Costaluto Riviera from Liguria. The courgette and cucumber families have started their weird season with some very strange varieties to be seen. Looking ahead, as the heat goes up watermelons get bigger and we start to see lots of different pumpkins coming including the long zucca Napoli. We've seen a few things finish over the last month: Marinda tomatoes; monks' beard; and the big fresh Tropea rosso onion bunches. Verbena has been hard to get. On the plus side, the porcini season will start soon, too."

ESC Direct

Our buyer Gaelle is available on +33 789 866 675. She says: "New season black radish and  coloured cauliflowers have just started. Despite the beautiful weather, baby chokes are extremely short due to the extreme winter - resulting by high prices at auction. New season root veg probably won't start until August. Romanesco is back on the market in small amounts. French new summer cauliflowers volumes shall improve in the next weeks. French heritage tomatoes are in full season although a bit more pricey lately.

From the south of France, courgettes are available -  quality is excellent and price is reasonable. Courgettes even just started in Brittany. French Muscade are expected to start within the next couple of weeks from Châteaurenard area. Old season banana shallots are still available, while new season will start in August.

"On the Spanish side, new season white garlic is starting. Chilies and Ramiro peppers are coming to end of season, but Moroccan chilies and Kapya are still available instead and very cheap. Watermelon, cantaloupe and galia are in full season and also cheap. Black figs are very limited and quality very fragile, but more volumes are expecting soon. From Egypt, sweet potatoes are expected to start by the end of the month, but USA are cheap and available."

Special Orders

We also import a wide range of quality dried, tinned and dairy goods including cheeseyoghurtoilsolivesspicesBoiron fruit purees and more. See here for extra info. These Griottine cherries are a class act - Morellos pickled in alcohol and ideal for cocktails and desserts.