Torrential Rain + Cold Snap = Bad News for Produce

Torrential Rain + Cold Snap = Bad News for Produce

Torrential rain and a sudden cold snap across Europe are having a negative impact on imported fresh produce. Torrential Rain in Spain. During mid December 2016, Spain suffered from a spell of torrential rain. This heavy downpour has resulted in severe damage to the greenhouses and fields that provide around 80% of Europe’s fresh produce during the winter months. The floods caused by this rainfall have wiped out the majority of newly planted crops. Although the more mature crops have survived the rain, farmers are unable to harvest due to the fields being water logged and unsafe for vehicles. Crops most immediately effected will be lettuce (particularly cos and iceberg), spinach and baby leaf. The effects could possibly soon spread to broccoli, cauliflowers and courgettes due to the excess moisture causing rot. Deep Freeze in Italy. The unexpected snow and freezing conditions in Southern Italy have also had an adverse effect on produce coming from Europe. Table grapes that are grown in tunnels are at risk of being crushed under the weight of the snow. Crops including lettuce, chicory, baby leaf, broccoli, cauliflower, fennel, rocket and spinach are all at risk due to the cold temperatures. Tomato Price Rise. The long term impact of these unexpected weather conditions is difficult to foresee at the moment. We are however still experiencing the ramifications from poor weather across Europe last year. The main European tomato growing regions experienced such poor weather during the main planting periods (April and May) that crops were delayed. This has led to wholesale prices being 36 percent higher than the previous year. Not all Doom & Gloom We are seeing some...
Westcountry Year in Review 2016

Westcountry Year in Review 2016

The team at Westcountry would like to thank all of those who traded with us throughout 2016. We hope to build on these relationships and continue to bring our fantastic service to businesses  throughout Cornwall and Devon. Westcountry Local Produce. Every year the Fresh Produce buying team at Westcountry look to source the best local produce available from a variety of local suppliers. 2016 saw us working very closely with specialist growers such as Padstow Kitchen Garden and Good Earth Growers. We also continued to develop working relationships with a range of farmers throughout Cornwall and Devon sourcing the best seasonal produce available including cauliflowers, asparagus, berries, potatoes and brassica. During 2016 Pete grew a selection of crops that were very well received by chefs throughout the South West. Several crops were grown at Canara for the first time these included a selection of chillis and purple potatoes. Canara Farm grown produce featured on many seasonal menus in Cornwall this year with Lizard Leaves, heritage tomatoes, mixed beans and purple mange tout being popular throughout the spring and summer months. During autumn and winter the range of kales, spinach and chards was very well received. Westcountry’s finest Fresh Produce. While working with local growers we also have strong links with the world famous Rungis Market in Paris. This year we have been able to source some superb produce for a variety of customers. In 2016 we bought in the finest examples of fresh produce including Blood Oranges, Radish, Tomatoes, Aubergines, Beetroot and much much more. If you would like to see the amazing produce available from the French Market...
Meet the Supplier – 21-February 2017

Meet the Supplier – 21-February 2017

Meet the Supplier 2017. Save the date in your diary, we are holding a Meet the Supplier event on Tuesday 21st February 2017 to celebrate 3 amazing years as part of the Westcountry family and to showcase our ever growing artisan range. The event will be held at the  Royal Cornwall Showground Pavilions in Wadebridge from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm. Over 40 Artisan Suppliers. The Plough to Plate range features a unique collection of local artisan producers, over 40 of whom will be displaying their range at this event. All who attend will have the opportunity to sample many of the products, chat with the producers and gain valuable insight into their passion for food. This event is FREE to all customers old and new as well as people who have not worked with us before. So far we have the following producers confirmed: Baked to Taste Barnett Fare Bell & Loxton Boddingtons Burts Chips Carley’s of Cornwall Organic Foods Cornish Chough Brewery Cornish Natural Spring Water Cornish Olive Stall Cornish Orchards Cornish Pickle Company Cornish Sea Salt Cornish Seaweed Company Cornish Tea Company Deli Farm Charcuterie Exploding Bakery Flavour Foundry Furniss of Cornwall Get Fruity Ginger Mexican Grumpies of Cornwall Great British Crisp Co. Halzephron Hobbs House Homecrafts Preserves & Chutneys Hunters Brewery Kennall Vale Cheeses Kernow Chocolate Little Pod Luscombe Organic Drinks Mr Filberts Nature Kitchen Peck & Strong Polgoon Quickes Traditional River Amble Creamery Rod & Bens Roskilly’s Organic Sarah & Finns Sargies Simply Cornish Sisley’s & Crellow Truffle Hunter Meet the Supplier Exclusive Offer. To run along side this amazing event we will be offering...