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Veg news 11th April

Enjoy the kale through the beginning of the week… Last weekend’s blast of warm sunny weather has caused it to flower and most growers are reporting a smaller yield. So here begins our annual kale gap – most likely to last through to June.

While the mild weather means the last of this season’s kale, it looks likely to bring an abundance of UK spring crops a couple of weeks earlier than in 2016. This week, that’s most evident in the fresh herbs from Strawberry Fields in Lincolnshire – mint being the latest addition, plus a continued abundance of leafy greens (ruby chard, perpetual spinach etc). Next week we anticipate a growing selection of lettuce varieties, plus a sprinkling of radishes and spring onions. UK asparagus is even being whispered about!

From the continent, calabrese broccoli remains tricky, but Cornish purple sprouting is fortunately abundant. The blood orange and clementine seasons are drawing to a close, but there’s a wealth of Spanish berries to provide a good range of fruit across the top shelf.

Tomatoes! We’re starting our much-loved Isle of Wight supply this week. The cherry vines in particular taste a little special.

Last Modified - 11th April 2017

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