Amongst the Norfolk asparagus, Indian mangoes and Greek watermelon, it might be easy to overlook the ‘humble’ salad at this time of year, but not this week as a fantastic display of lettuces, radishes and peppers took over the entrance to our stall. This week we had some particularly fine bunched lambs lettuce which set off the absolutely stunning peppers that arrived from Italy.
These peppers are enormous, beautifully shaped and brilliantly coloured. Their display was the absolute star of the stall this week and the quality on the plate is second to none. This is fantastic produce for the time of year which just goes to show, once again, what the continent has to offer us while we wait for our later harvest.
Our tomato display has become so popular that whilst most produce moves around our stands with the changing of the seasons, this sea of red with ripples of yellow, green and orange remains a prominent constant right at the heart of our stall. This doesn’t mean that the display is unchanging – far from it – we move through the continent and seasonal varieties and right now we are especially enjoying the Italian Camone, an early variety that demands less intense sun to develop its green tinted skin and flavoursome, crunchy and crisp flesh that makes it a perfect salad tomato.
The exceptional baby seedlings and tiny baby vegetables from True Baby in Scotland that have recently arrived on our stall also make for exceptional salad ingredients. Never before have we seen or tasted such perfect baby carrots, turnips and beetroots, and the beautiful miniature potatoes, leeks and salad onions are a sight to behold. They were all accompanied this week by another bumper crop of courgette flowers, this year has been a great one so far for our favourite edible flower, and it is great to see a brilliant product that we have been pushing for a while now really beginning to take off.