This month, of course, is extra festive. After my trip to the Market, I dragged home a vast bunch of holly and a 6ft Christmas tree.
But not everyone was in such high spirits. The poor soul in the articulated lorry below was dragged away by this beast of a tow truck.
December is always a lovely time on Buyers’ Walk. There’s plenty of colour from citrus fruit such as leafy clementines, lemons and bergamots.
Pomegranates, kaki fruit, lychees and kumquats are also on top form.
It’s the beginning of the South African season for grapes and stone fruit such as peaches. No apricots yet at time of writing.
Less exotic – but still eating well – are English apples and pears. You’ll find Braeburn, russets, Cox, Bramley and Comice.
I was struck this year by the dazzling diversity of chilli varieties available – from red birds eye to green jalapenos, with many other types in between.
Fresh walnuts are fizzling out but there's plenty of dried nuts, including chestnuts.
Veg includes all the brassicas such as cabbages, kales, broccoli, purple sprouting, sprouts (green and purple) and their tops. Savoy and Hispi deserve a special mention.
Leeks, carrots, beets and onions are all solid. British Jerusalem artichokes are a good call. Continental specialties include baby veg, celeriac, Borlotti beans, artichokes, Muscat grapes, round and straight courgettes, squashes, aubergines, black and red heart radish and much more. It’s last call for the Italian tomatoes – the Moroccan season is now underway.
Salad lines are now from the South of Europe, such as these salads and crunchy breakfast radishes.
From Italy, expect all the plants from the chicory family - radicchios, puntarelle and more. I've become a bit obsessed by these plants and will give them a special mention in a Product Profile very soon.
Mushrooms, too, are on good form. I’ve never seen such monster Pied Bleu as these, plus some lovely Cep below...
See you in 2017. Feel free to drop me a line with any comments or questions and I hope you have a lovely festive break at the end of the month.