A difficult start to the week with berries as recent rain there spoiled the fruit for a few days but by the weekend this will have worked through and all berries will be well priced and good quality. For special mention are the premium blueberries – they are dear but they are very, very good to eat.
Pears are eating very well, and we have those delicious Corella pears on offer in our Imperfect Pick section at a bargain price. Our avocados are now coming from further south, and Balmoral orchards supply us from near Toowoomba. This fruit is both fantastic quality and excellent eating. Papaya continues to be cheap and good.
The Queensland imperial mandarin season has come to an end and although we still have imperials from further south, from now on all the later varieties from Queensland are underway. Personally, I love imperials – great flavour and easy to peel but generally speaking this southern fruit is a little more expensive than the Queensland offer.
I attended an industry conference last week and was told we are only 5 or 6 weeks away from Aussie mangoes starting again.
Lots of very good kale in the market this week. Our customers don’t seem as interested in this vegetable as they were a couple of years ago, and hence the price gets cheaper. Fennel is fantastic and cheap as are all cucumbers.
Beans, pumpkin and Imperfect parsnips are all well priced and just right for a Winter night. A few more Dutch carrots and spring onions available this week, and by the weekend there will be a substantial reduction in the price of broccoli. Both red and green capsicums are in full swing and Brussels sprouts continue to grow in sales.