Seasonal Fruit and Veg

An update from The Market Stall – August 2021

This month brings a wide range of fresh seasonal produce from suppliers across Devon and Cornwall:

  • Potatoes
  • Red Beetroot
  • Broad Bean, Courgette, Calibrese, Swede and Parsnip
  • Cauliflower
  • Red, Savoy and Hispi Cabbage
  • Cavolo Nero and Russian Kale
  • Strawberry, Rhubarb and Raspberry

For good value fruit and veg varieties, we recommend opting for local greens, lemons, pineapple, salads, butternut squash, potatoes and root veg.

Also in season but from slightly further afield, are local Gooseberry, English Plums, Peach, Nectarine, Cherry and Apricot.

For more information on any of our produce and to place an order for collection or delivery, give us a call on 01803 842148. Alternatively please email galleonstores1993@gmail.com.

An update from the Market Stall – July 2021

With the change in weather, this month’s recommendations from the Market Stall include a wider variety of local produce than you could find in June. Find fruit and veg from across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset in addition to produce from further afield.

Devon

  • Bakers and Marfona potatoes from A.J Lidstone and Sons, Kingsbridge
  • Strawberries from Martin Berryman Terawhiti Farm, Kingsbridge
  • Bunched beetroot, broad beans, savoy & hispi cabbage and strawberries from Anthony Thorne Hawthorn Garden, Crediton

Cornwall

  • Savoy and pointed cabbage
  • Calabrese broccoli
  • Courgettes
  • Gooseberries
  • New potatoes

Somerset

  • Raspberries
  • Cherries

In England from further afield

  • Bunched rainbow carrot
  • English peas
  • Spring onions

For more information on any of our produce and to place an order for collection or delivery, give us a call on 01803 842148. Alternatively please email galleonstores1993@gmail.com.

An update from the Market Stall – June 2021

The last few weeks of rain have certainly helped with vegetable growth both locally and further afield, but unfortunately provided a dramatic set back for soft fruit. Here are our top recommendations available on our Market Stall and to order for collection or delivery.

Local produce:

  • Cornish cauliflower – very large!
  • Green kale
  • Rhubarb

Produce from the wider English region:

  • Asparagus
  • Savoy cabbage
  • Beetroot
  • Leeks
  • Carrrots
  • Bramley apples
  • Some salad items including tomatoes, iceberg lettuce, flat lettuce, spring onions

Strawberries and raspberries will shortly be available, and for the best of the English produce we recommend the English tomatoes which are looking lovely.

Recommended produce from overseas – all good quality and low in price:

  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Apricots
  • Mangoes

A final note from Gary on local produce:

Sunshine following rain will be excellent for all local produce currently in the ground. We await news of which produce we can source ready for customers from the Market Stall – particularly regarding  fresh peas, broad beans and runner beans. Keep an eye on our future reports for full details.

The current Market Stall update – April 2021

This time of year is always challenging for buying local produce and planning interesting, delicious meals around the limited choice.

This year, we’ve had the added unprecedented dry spell which has affected all harvests.

For those of you willing to take on the challenge, this is the current Market Stall update:

Local produce from Devon:

Parsnips, swede, celeriac, potatoes, red and white cabbage, green and red kale

Cornish new potatoes:

Cornish new potatoes are currently being supplied at very high prices. We hope to be stocking these by the end of the month once the prices have settled to a more normal level.

Cauliflowers, hispi and savoy cabbage:

Due to the lack of rain over the last few months, these are available in very limited quantities, poorer quality and more expensive than usual.

From the rest of England:

Asparagus and purple sprouting broccoli (both recommend by Gary), broccoli, strawberries, rhubarb, Braeburn and Gala apples, Bramley cooking apples, carrots, Cavolo Nero kale, beetroot, January King cabbage, spring greens and rainbow chard

Bringing good value from the rest of the world:

Aubergines, courgettes, mangoes, red grapes

All other products are available in store and to order. Orders can be placed via email to galleonstores1993@gmail.com or by phoning the shop on 01803 842148.

We’ll be sharing more about the stories behind the produce over the coming months, as we continue to provide updates on our Market Stall and fruit and veg forecasts.

Seasonal fruit and veg – March/April update

We often talk about offering a wide range of fruit and veg which is – where possible – locally sourced from our suppliers across Devon and Cornwall. In fact, we’re currently offering around 78 (!!) different varieties of fruit and veg from our Market Stall and available to order through the shop.

Purple sprouting broccoli, red grapes and Packham pears offer some of the best seasonal produce this month, alongside our extended list below.

Fruit:

  • Apples – including Bramleys, Braeburn Devon, Gala Devon, Granny Smith and Pink Lady varieties
  • Blueberries
  • Grapefruit
  • Red grapes
  • Kiwi Fruit
  • Limes
  • Packham Pears
  • Raspberry
  • New season rhubarb

Vegetables / Salad:

  • Asparagus
  • Aubergine
  • Avocado
  • Green beans
  • Beetroot bunches
  • Broccoli – including tenderstem
  • Butternut squash
  • Carrots (bunched)
  • Celeriac
  • Red chilli’s
  • Spanish courgettes
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Kale – Cavolo Nero and Green varieties
  • Mushrooms – chestnut and portabella varieties
  • Red onions
  • Cyprus new potatoes
  • Shallots
  • Spinach (bag)
  • Sweet potato
  • Sweetcorn packet
  • Water cress

If you have any questions about our seasonal produce or would like to place an order, please give us a call on 01803 842148 or email galleonstores1993@gmail.com.

Fresh fruit and veg forecast for the coming month

We have a wide range of fresh fruit and veg recommendations this month, sourced from farmers across Devon and Cornwall. Our top picks include:  

  • Cabbage – January King, Savoy, Red and White varieties
  • Kale – Cavolo Nero and Curly
  • Beetroot
  • Purple Sprouting Broccoli
  • Celeriac
  • Parsnips
  • Swede
  • Butternut Squash
  • Apples – Cox, Braeburn and Russet

To help you see in the Spring and, we are also selling bunches of daffodils for £1.25 each.

From overseas, offering the best value fresh fruit we recommend nardicotts (like a satsuma), fresh figs, red grapes, blood oranges and kape eating plums.  

You can find a select number of our recommendations on our Market Stall or place an order for collection or delivery. Please note, all produce is subject to availability.

Fresh fruit and veg for the festive season

As we approach the festive season, don’t forget we offer a wide range of seasonal fresh produce from our Market Stall, sourced in the main from local suppliers.

If you have any questions, want recommendations on ‘best in season’ or to place an order, please email garydeare@aol.com or give us a call on 01803 842148.

Fresh fruit and veg forecast for the rest of October

The changing of the seasons brings a change to the seasonal produce we have available on the Market Stall and to order, supplied in the most part from local farmers across Devon and Cornwall.

To get the best out of the season over the next few weeks, we would recommend:

Cabbage (January King and Savoy), Kale (Green Curly, Cavalo Nero, Calabrese) and Romanesque Cauli. There’s also Salad Potatoes, Spring Onions, Apples, Mixed Squash, Celeriac, Swede and Carving Pumpkins ahead of Halloween.

If it’s best value produce you’re looking for:

Opt for Cabbage, Corn on the Cob, Calabrese Kale, Tricolour Peppers and Potatoes. For fruit, take your pick from Limes, Bramley Apples, Pomegranate and large unripened Mangos.

And for something novel:

You can find fresh chestnut mushrooms, cranberries and Sharon fruit.

Alongside our recommendations above, we have a wide range of produce from the following local farmers and growers:

Canara Farm, Falmouth

Red Padron Chillies and varieties of Mixed Squash are currently in season, alongside bunched baby carrots, Curly Green Kale, Flat Leaf Parsley and Pumpkins.

The November to December Winter Crop Plan includes Brussel Sprouts, Pointed Cabbage, Red Cabbage, Calabrese Broccoli, Celery, Celeriac, Leek and Purple Sprouting Broccoli.

A.J Lidstone and Sons, Kingsbridge

Bakers and Marfona (washed) varieties of potatoes

Four Elms Fruit Farm, Sidmouth

Varieties of apple include Bramley, Cox and Royal Gala

Place Barton Farm, Morleigh

Agria potatoes (unwashed)

Frank Clark & Sons, Cullompton

Parsnip box (5kg)

Hawthorn Garden, Crediton

Savoy Cabbage, bunched Beetroot and Leeks

West Trecott Farm, Okehampton

Swede and Turnip

Terawhiti Farm, Kingsbridge

Pointed Cabbage, Calabrese, varieties of Cauliflower, Celeriac, Rainbow Chard, varieties of Kale and Tenderstem Broccoli.

Disclaimer! Shopping local and supporting local farmers and growers does mean that the realities of adverse weather may sometimes interfere with the stock we have available, or how quickly we are able to source it for you.

 

Supporting our local farmers: new in Autumn produce

We’ve pledged to do more to help support our local farmers during this time, and are continually adding to our wide range of local produce.

Our latest additions are perfect for Autumn meals and we hope you’ll join us in enjoying them in all their fresh, local glory:

– Sweetheart Cabbage

– January King Cabbage 

– Cavolo Nero Kale

For more information or to place an order for collection or delivery, email garydeare@aol.com or phone the shop on 01803 842148.

 

New season produce and supporting our local growers

We think now more than ever is the time to be supporting our local growers (you can find a full list of these below!). Local harvests are reasonable and we have access to a wide range of produce grown in Devon and Cornwall, available on our Market Stall and to order for collection or delivery.

We continue to supply customers with our Seasonal Vegetable Baskets too. Made to order and locally sourced where possible, the baskets offer a different selection of fresh vegetables each time and cost £12. For more information and to place an order, email garydeare@aol.com or phone 01803 842148.

Here’s a selection of some of the produce available, grown locally in the South West and within the UK:

  • Apples (including Cox’s, Russett’s and Bramley varieties)
  • Plums (including Victoria and Marjorie Seedling varieties)
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Beetroot
  • Radish
  • Celery
  • Lettuce (including iceberg, lamb and oakleaf varieties)
  • Cress
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Cabbage (including savoy, hispi and spring green)
  • All varieties of kale
  • Carrots
  • Swede
  • Cauliflower
  • Parnsips
  • Herbs (including basil, coriander, chives, dill and thyme).

*Linstone Farm (Kingsbridge), Gluning Farm (Paignton), Luscombe Farm (Stoke-in-Teignhead), Four Elms Farm (Exeter), Hays Farm (Plymouth), Thornes Farm (Crediton), Frank Clarke & Sons Homeleigh Farm (Cullompton), West Trecott Farm (Okehampton), Place Barton Farm (Moreleigh).

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