Avocados continue to be very well priced, so do strawberries and blueberries. Everyone loves a really excellent berry and I would like to make a strong recommendation here. In both strawberries and blueberries, we at Harris Farm have always carried premium lines of berries, and as you would expect for these you pay a little extra. Right now, I think paying that bit extra makes great sense if your budget stretches to that. I believe you will be delighted with the outcome if you do. This week our stores are all specialling Josephine pears. They are a green pear similar in appearance to the Packham pears, but are smoother and definitely sweeter to eat. They are a bit delicate and so are less popular with the major retailers, but a really good eating pear.
Tangelos are at their best in August and they are a good alternative to mandarins, though not as sweet to eat. The real surprise to me has been the early start to the Northern Territory mangoes. The fruit is quite marked and not good enough for our premium line so we are selling the fruit only in our imperfect section. It eats amazingly well. Also in the imperfect section, avocados are really good value. Imported grapes, although not my favourite fruit, are starting to eat a bit sweeter and have come down in price this week. Apples and Navel oranges are also good but Australian new season blood oranges are at their best, enjoy them now as it’s only a short season.
This week is a good week for traditional winter vegetables. Cauliflowers, broccoli, beans (the cheaper machine picked bagged line are very good this week) and kumera (check out the larger product on the imperfect stack) are all very good and inexpensive. This week also sees corn prices coming down and by the week’s end corn will be half last week’s price. Radicchio and Treviso lettuce both of which are not always available are both really well supplied this week and make a real difference to a salad. Standard gourmet tomatoes are still inexpensive and rhubarb which traditionally comes on in spring is starting to fall in price. A bit of rain would be a blessing to our farmers!