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This Month: September Market News

MARKET NEWS – September 2019


Apples in season and to be enjoyed now are: English Organic Scrumptious – Kent. English Organic Conference Pear – Kent.  The start of the much loved Vassout varieties are starting (best French hard fruit around). Currently We have Royal Gala Apples and Red Williams Pears from France.Other, more popular varieties are becoming available in the next few weeks — Golden Apples, Pink Kiss and Braeburn.

Soft Fruits: Peaches and Nectarines – White have now finished, yellow still going but maybe for just another couple of weeks, so make the most of them whilst they are still here!  Greengages, Mirabelles and Marjorie Plums – all eating beautifully at the moment

Grapes are a big feature with the True Glenora Grapes (small, pink and seedless) which are super sweet. Chasselas de Moissac (small,white with seeds), a great alternative to the standard white seedles. Muscat (medium,black,seeded) are a little slow this year.

Mangoes are slowly coming to the fore, currently the Spanish Osteen variety – small but sweet and no fibre. Kent starting again soon — bigger, sweeter…

English strawberries are dwindling now, with the Dutch variety returning soon. Blackberries, Blueberries, Raspberries – all British and all at the peak of ripeness.

When the weather cools down we will be seeing the start of the autumnal squashes: Hokkaido, Onion, Butternut, Delica Pumpkin – lots of variety.

Mixed Chantennay Carrots – small and multi-coloured.

English roots will also be starting to make an appearance: parsnips, carrots, along with other harvest vegetables – baking potatoes, red Alhoutte potatoes, cauliflower – purple and yellow varieties too..


Cumin Gouda: A beautifully hand crafted Gouda: soft, young, and creamy, with cumin through the paste.

Sparkenhoe Blue: Creamy in texture and subtly flavoured with blue mould, wending its way through the cheese. Taste is similar of old Leicestershire blue cheese.

Lancaster Bomber: Strong, creamy and nutty with a touch of acidity, Lancashire Bomber is a punchy cheese wrapped up in black wax.It’s a traditional Lancashire aged for 24 months and explodes with flavour.


2018 `RUA` Central Otago Pinot Noir, Akarua, New Zealand

This Pinot Noir has a bright cherry-red colour in the glass and lifted cherry aromas with floral violet notes. On the palate, this well-defined Central Otago Pinot Noir exhibits juicy red fruits and a touch of spice. Supple tannins complement savoury highlights, with a long finish.

2015 Swartland Mourvèdre, Spice Route, Coastal Region, South Africa

This wine has aromas of black cherry infused with cardamom and nutmeg on the nose. Intense fruit on the palate, is balanced by savoury character. It is medium bodied with nicely tempered oak.

2017 Marlborough Classic Riesling, Framingham, New Zealand

This wine is an elegant pale gold in the glass, with hints of green. It has a fragrant, complex nose showing tangelo, honeysuckle, jasmine and quinine aromatics along with hints of apricot, beeswax, cream and some gentle nuances of wet stone.


A shout out from the buying team:

Shane: We have a new supplier: a fantastic company called Benjamin’s Kitchen. Small little kitchen producing some delicious vegan/GF ready meals in packaging that is almost 100% recyclable. Honestly, I have tried this range and they are really good, the lasagne is fantastic. Try his smoked aubergine and chickpea curry and the vegan veggie lasagna and let us know what you think!  Enjoy.

John: We also have one new yoghurt that I love – Spirulina and Kiwi Yoghurt. It’s crazily good. I think its a very unusual yoghurt and super healthy. I loved it.


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