This month we welcome an abundance of colourful and seasonal produce from hero growers right on our doorstep. Less food miles and less packaging means the local produce you're enjoying should be celebrated for more reason than one!
Let's talk Kentish...
Hoaden Court Farm is a hub of activity at the moment with Tom's award winning cherries, apricots and plums in stock and ready for you to enjoy now. To read more about Tom and why he is one of our star growers, check out our previous blog here.
Kentish strawberries are proving as popular as ever and Newlands Farm, who have a long heritage of local, Kentish strawberries will supply us for the rest of the season. Like last year, we will be delivering them in compostable punnets made from strawberry waste - supporting our ambition to reduce plastic and food waste as much as possible.
Raspberries are being supplied by Hugh Lowe Farm, and getting tastier by the day. Hugh Lowe have been very busy bees, did you know they are the exclusive suppliers of strawberries to Wimbledon?
It's a family affair; managing directors Marion at Hugh Lowe and Fiona at Newlands are sisters! We always use Hugh Lowe for early season strawberries before they pass the baton over to Newlands Farm for your outdoor grown varieties.
Boundary Farm has benefitted from the recent sunshine and summer season Savoys are now in stock. Broccoli is also available as well as cauliflowers; Boundary Farm is the place to be for all brassicas this summer.
Green Lane Farm have started their short season of broad beans, make sure you add these to your summer menus whilst they're still in season. We will welcome their selection of patty pans and spring onions in the coming weeks.
Local salad grower L J Betts continue to supply their full range of salad leaves and heads, and cherry tomatoes are also in abundance from A Pearson Growers.
In other news...
There is no brighter news to the ongoing dairy and bread issues unfortunately. The market continues to be volatile and prices are still rising with all producers across milk, cream, cheese and butter.
There is no change to high prices and changeable availability on bread due to the ongoing situation in Ukraine and for obvious reasons, we cannot predict when these issues will be rectified.
From further afield...
As you know, Foodari champions local and British produce, but when this is not available, we aim to give you the same consistency and short supply chain, working with growers throughout Europe and the rest of the world.
We're eagerly awaiting the start of the Brazilian melon season, so you should see dramatic improvements with availability and pricing.
Egypt has experienced intense heat recently, so you may find some green grapes have received a 'suntan'. They can appear straw-like in colour but rest assured that this has no bearing on their quality and taste; they're as juicy and sweet as ever.
We hope you've found our monthly produce blog useful. Please drop us a line and let us know what you think, we’d love to hear from you.
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We hope you and your customers enjoy this sunshine!
Amy and team Foodari 💚