On Saturday 11th, various teams assembled from firms based here are competing in a charity competition. Looks like P&I are in with a fighting chance!
There are plenty of winners on Buyers' Walk, too. Terrific cherries are flooding in from Spain, Turkey and France. British growers are reporting a good harvest, too – so make the effort to sample their extra-fresh homegrown fruit:
Soft fruit is also abundant. Expect gooseberries, white currants, raspberries, strawberries and blueberries – often British at this time of year:
Spain is sending top fruit such as the ever-popular flat peaches and nectarines:
Other treats include white peaches and excellent apricots.
Melons on offer in July include watermelons, cantaloupe, honeydew and galia:
Italian figs and Brazilian mangoes are also good bets. Note that grapes are tight at this time of year, in the gap before European supplies gather momentum:
On the veg side, British runner beans, peas and broad beans are all on hand:
Tomatoes are plentiful. British brassicas include kale, broccoli, cabbage and kohl rabi. Courgettes and their flowers are also on hand. English purple sprouting and asparagus are out of season.
"It's soft and salad," is how grocer Darren Cox describes his bestsellers this month. (See our Customer Profile from 2013 on his thriving business).
Salads and herbs are certainly looking lush:
Other treats include these gorgeous, colourful baby onions:
Artichokes – both globe and petit violet – are on good form. Here is Tim from European Salad Company with his range of top-notch Continental produce:
For mushrooms, trompettes have just started up. Cep and girolle both available, Mousseron are over. Check out these rarities called Amanita Caesarea from Romania over at Mushroom Man:
Finally, I couldn't resist an image of this label for one of the customers:
Next month, I'll make it my mission to find out the identity of this mystery man. See you in August!