Lots of choices with magnificent stonefruit this week. Both varieties of peaches are excellent quality, flavour and value. Nectarines are very good and will only get better as we move into February. The second crop of figs, which are always sweeter and better eating than the first, is now well underway. There are excellent Tasmanian cherries in the stores this week, and the first good eating plums have started, these are Black Ambers from the Young district and they are good. Sadly, the raspberry flush is over and they will be hit or miss for a few weeks until the Autumn crops commence, which I think are better to eat than the summer fruit. Our imperfect Honey Gold mangoes are still excellent value and the best eating of all the mangoes, and passionfruit numbers are starting to build. Limes are again fantastic value. Cheaper than lemons and great for anything you would use a lemon for. Rockmelons are full of flavour and this week, the better quality grapes from down south have arrived with a vengeance, bigger bunches, sweeter to eat and best of all far cheaper than a week or 10 days ago.
A couple of outstanding specials in our stores this week. Firstly, Kestrel potatoes, a fantastic product and great value, secondly Sampari tomatoes, which are our pick of the snacking tomato range this week. All tomatoes have eased in price this week with Medley mix and truss both being good value. In other veg lines, broccoli and caulies are dear but shallots, spinach and beans are all good value.