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The Greengrocer Thirsk.
The Greengrocer

Seasonal Variations

Winter/Spring

In January the citrus season is in full flow. Fantastic navel oranges, clementines and satsumas are all at their best. Most of The Greencrocer Thirskthem come from Spain and also from Morocco and Turkey. Sweet and tangy blood oranges are available for a short season and are well worth a try. Seville oranges are also available and make the best marmalade – sharp and tangy.

West Yorkshire is famous for its ‘rhubarb triangle’ and their bright pink forced rhubarb comes in just after Christmas. It is full of goodness and so different in taste and appearance to the outdoor rhubarb which appears later in the year.
 Purple broccoli also makes an appearance at this time of year, it is more delicate than the green broccoli and is very tender.
Butternut squash is another  favourite in the winter months. It’s great roasted with the other winter vegetables and makes delicious soup.

It is also wonderful to see the spring flowers coming in. Daffodils Tulips and Narcissi bring a burst of colour to the winter days and the promise of warmer weather.
Potted hyacinths are an enduring favourite and the colourful primroses can brighten any border or plant pot.

Spring/Summer

By March the British new potato season starts. Jersey Royals are probably the most famous of the new potatoes and kick the season off, they are a sure sign that Spring has arrived. Cornish new potatoes follow in April and May and then we work up the country with the Pembrokes, Lincolns and eventually the local new potatoes each having their own distinctive taste and appearance.

A perfect accompaniment for the new potatoes is the local asparagus. This comes to us in April/May from two local farmers. It is only a short season but a real treat when it arrives. Pod peas and broad beans also become available at this time of year. They are both grown locally and are really tender and sweet.

The local tomato season extends from March through to November and we are spoilt with a wide variety of choice and flavour. Vine tomatoes round tomatoes and cherry tomatoes on the vine or loose all with their distinctive smell that reminds you of your grandads greenhouse.

By May the local soft fruit season has started. Two local farmers supply us with delicious strawberries which are picked fresh from the field and can be on your table the same day. The scent of fresh strawberries is everywhere and they are an irresistible and healthy treat.

Local raspberries and gooseberries are also available in June so we really are spoilt for choice, and all grown within a few miles of the shop.

Spring and Summer are also busy times in the garden and we have a huge range of bedding plants and perennials to choose from. Two local nurseries supply us with a   fantastic choice of healthy plants to fill your plant pots and garden borders. We also stock a range of hanging baskets and mixed planters for those who want an instant splash of colour.

Summer/Autumn

As the summer progresses we see the soft fruit start to appear from Europe. Nectarines and peaches are plentiful and by July the English cherries start to arrive. These are closely followed by the plums, mostly grown in Kent. There are several varieties, but Victoria plums are the most famous. The superb taste of English cherries and plums reminds us how good it is to eat fruit that is truly ‘in season’ and freshly harvested.
English apple time also starts in August with Discovery apples being the first to come into the shop. Cox’s apples are the biggest crop and the best seller, but also look out for the English Russets with their distinctive brown skin and a wonderful flavour all of their own.
Towards the end of summer we see some of the local vegetables start to arrive. Courgettes cauliflowers and corn on the cob are all plentiful. They are soon followed by local pumpkins – just in time for Halloween!

For the gardeners we also stock a range of spring bulbs and of course the ever popular winter pansies.

Autumn/Winter

 As the weather grows colder  it is the perfect time to start thinking about warm comfort food, and what better than casseroles, roast dinners and soups all made with fresh local vegetables. We have a wide range of locally grown potatoes, available in small bags or by the sack, that will mash, roast, chip or boil. English carrots, leeks, parsnips and beetroot are also readily available.

Cranberries dates and chestnuts are all available in good time for Christmas.

In the weeks leading up to Christmas the shop is filled with all sorts of wonderful decorative items to brighten up the dark days. We have wonderful house plants such as poinsettias cyclamen orchids Christmas cacti and hyacinths and lots of plant pots candle holders and other Christmas decorations. All of these make stunning gifts or are a great way to decorate your home. The penguins and reindeer are always popular at Christmas and we have a fantastic range of wreathes both real and artificial, and don’t forget to buy the mistletoe!