A couple of lines I have not mentioned for a long while are noteworthy again this week. Late autumn I ignore rockmelons normally, however we have now started some good eating Queensland rockmelons again. A little on the small side but definitely worth eating. The Navel orange story this year is quite interesting. After lots of very tough years, our orange farmers are finally making some money, they deserve to! This is definitely export driven and most of our bigger fruit will find a home overseas this year. However there is plenty of very inexpensive small fruit available, so big fruit is dear, and small fruit cheap. This week the prices of both 3kg nets and whole cases have started to ease. Of course it will be the smaller fruit where the real bargains are to be found. The other product that surprised me at the end of last week was the imported USA nectarines. They are fantastic, pretty much as good as ours in peak season. Hass avocados remain well supplied as are topless pines. Grapes are fast coming to an end, don’t overbuy these they are no longer keeping all that well.
Best news this week is red capsicums. They are great. New season, mostly from Bundaberg, the price is half what it was last week. They are just such a flexible veg, great to throw on the barby, make soup, add to salads or just munch on. A slightly different product this week are our beanettes. They are undoubtedly the best of the best in the bean lines. Beans are now very dear but beanettes are about the same price they have been so compared to regular beans they are extra good value, and you are buying the best. There are some excellent winter bargains also. Firstly Kestrel potatoes, my favourite, are very attractively priced this week. Parsnips, normally very dear, are a real bargain in the Imperfect range, the product is just a little bigger than the market prefers. Gold squash, fennel and brocollini round out the offer. Telegraph cucumbers are good value and we have some very inexpensive Imperfect kumera on offer.