In winter with no local stone fruit, berries and citrus continue to be the focus for HFM. Raspberries are in short supply but there are enough blueberries and strawberries. However, big wet weather events are interrupting supplies here and of course, harming the quality.
The citrus is good, and we have a well-priced line of imperfect ruby grapefruit in our stores this week. In mandarins, Imperials are now finished. There are now quite a few alternative mandarins available, I think overall the Honey Murcotts are the best option. The blood oranges are also now approaching their best.
If you are a fan of imported fruit, the Washington state cherries over the next four or five days are fantastic. A few days into August they are never quite as good. All our grapes are now imported, they will get better as the season progresses. Apples are still hard going; it will be 2021 before that changes.
Not a lot of changes in vegetables this week. Plenty of broccolini, celery, Brussel sprouts and Dutch carrots with prices very similar or slightly cheaper than last week. Cabbage and spinach are both cheaper than they have been. Onions, potatoes and zucchini also remain good value. By and large, a very similar market to last week.