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British Food Fortnight

Sep 17th-2nd Oct
British Food Fortnight is the biggest annual, national celebration of British food and drink. It was established in the wake of the Foot and Mouth crisis, in response to the fact that, though there are numerous food initiatives, projects and events taking place across Britain, there was no overall flagship event to bring them to the public's attention.

Since its beginnings in 2002, British Food Fortnight has become THE opportunity for those who work in any aspect of food and drink, to come together and promote the benefits of buying and eating from our home produced British larder. In setting a particular date range, it concentrate efforts across sectors.

Every year businesses and organisations across the UK take part, all enjoying the commercial benefits that participation brings. The public sector supports the event en masse with major hospitals and school catering services being involved. Wembley Stadium, Harrods, St Pancras train station, Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Cathedral, the Cabinet Office, the BBC, Buckingham Palace, National Trust and even Grey Gables Hotel in Radio 4's The Archers are just a few of the famous establishments that have added their support.


On the Market this week.... 

Oh no……, not Brussels Sprouts! You know Christmas is only round the corner when these appear on the market. Don’t get me wrong as I love Xmas and I don’t even mind Brussels Sprouts, but I just wish it wouldn’t come around this quick.

Whilst on this theme… Parsnips are more plentiful and a little cheaper, loose Chestnuts are not readily available yet but there are some expensive French Chestnuts in their Cobs available. This time of year there are some great Pumpkins & Squashes around and they greatly vary in colour, size and taste. They should definitely be on your menu somewhere, some of the varieties available are Harlequin, Onion, Gem, Crown Prince & Kabocha Squash, far tastier than our own classic Orange Pumpkin variety. English Corn-on-Cob is still a good buy and Courgettes arriving from just about every European country keep the prices reasonable. English leeks are much better now and more plentiful so we expect prices to ease. Mid Potatoes are getting dearer which is unusual for this time of year. English Broccoli is both good quality and cheaper in price. The French Celeriac with leaf looks outstanding at the moment, a lot better than the English unfortunately. The price of Peppers regardless of colour are all over the place at the moment, so too is Aubergines as there are Spanish arriving too.

Lemons are finally getting cheaper, but the same cannot be said about the Limes, there seems to be enough around but prices are still quite steep. Pineapples remain expensive also and there’s no sign of easing just yet. English Russet Apples, the true classic apple of ‘Waldorf Salad’ is now available, also English Cox’s Apples are starting to arrive. English Victoria Plums may have all but finished but there are still some English ‘Marjorie’s Seedling’ Plums about that are a redder looking variety. If your one of those people that love crispy hard English Conference Pears then now the time to buy them. English Blueberries & Raspberries are still good but the Strawberries are coming to an end and we”ll probably switch to Dutch or Belgium shortly. Lastly, forget about Cherries, the price is horrendous and the quality is now poor and there are still no Lychees available.

Recent onTwitter 

"Lovely selection of mixed Pumpkins & Squashes grown by Michael Freemantle in Cropthorne, Worcs "

Fruit of the week

English Russet Apples: 
This crispy apple with russeting of the skin and the nutty scent make this a great british apple.
 Best of British

Salads: Round Lettuce, Raddichio, Little Gem, Pousse, Lollo Rosso, Oakleaf, Cos, Iceberg Lettuce, Tomatoes (inc. Heritage), Watercress, Micro Cresses
Vegetables: Cauliflower, Swede, Beetroot, Carrots, Leeks, Red, White, Primo & Savoy Cabbage, Chantenay Carrots, Broccoli, Piccolo Parsnips, Celery, Mid Potatoes, Turnips, Green & Purple Kohl Rabi, Cavalo Nero, Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Curly Kale, Peas In Pod, Broad Beans, Runner Beans
Fruit: Bramley Cooking Apples, Conference Pears, Cox's, Early Windsor Apples, Rhubarb, Strawberries, Raspberries. Blueberries, Cobnuts,
*coming to an end

The Restaurant Show 3rd - 5th October
Olympia National Hall, Hammersmith Rd, London W14 8UX
The definitive platform for the restaurant and food service market.

The Good Food Show - 11th - 13th November
Olympia, Hammersmith Rd, London, W14 8UX
The BBC Good Food Show 2016.   

The Taste of London - 17th - 20th November
East London’s Tobacco Dock, Wapping Lane, London E1W 2SF
Four days of eating, drinking and festive entertainment

Foraging Course

It’s a wonderful time of year for foraging for edible & medicinal plants
A well respected forager Robin Harford is endorsing a fellow forager Vivienne Campbell, who is also a qualified herbalist and she’s been teaching foraging classes for 12 years, as well as appearing many times on national television showing these skills. She now teaches students world-wide via her online course. It is packed full of videos teaching you how to safely identify wild plants and how to use them to make medicinal herbal extracts or cook them as nourishing wild foods.
There is so much to choose from, delicious and immune-boosting elderberries and rosehips; whizz up a pesto from sorrel & hazelnuts; dig up some roots and roast some dandelion coffee; or go really fancy and save some seed from red clover and sprout them in to nutritious bean sprouts. 
Vivienne's Autumn online course is currently in season and now is a perfect time to begin to learn about the wild herbs that grow around you.
If your interested then to enrol on the course, simply visit:

Avocado's the superfood

What's so super about it?
Avocados are brimming with essential nutrients, including potassium, B-vitamins and folic acid. They also act as a so-called nutrient booster; when eaten with other foods, avocados enable the body to better absorb cancer-fighting nutrients, such as carotenoids, found in vegetables that include spinach and carrots.
Eating avocados has been shown to lower cholesterol levels and they are a rich source of monounsaturated fatty acids, including oleic acid, which offers significant protection against breast cancer.
The potassium content in avocados regulates blood pressure and helps guard against heart disease and strokes, as well as aiding digestion and helping the body flush out toxins.

Matt's Life

Matt's infatuation to try every diet going finally paid off........his girlfriend actually fancied him!
So much so their expecting their 1st baby.
So Congratulations to them both.
I just hope he doesn't think that he has to start eating for two and the baby has more of it's mothers Genes otherwise the baby may look like this!

Matt, our Super Salesman is available on 07903 204675. Alternatively, call our office on 020 7720 3160
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