Things on the fruit front are a far better proposition than the veg front. All the grapes and all the melons are superb quality and very attractively priced. So, in grapes it’s whites, reds, blacks, sultanas or currants. In melons, it’s watermelon, rockmelon, honeydew or champagne melon. This week will see the finish of the West Australian Hass avocados and next week will see the greenskin Shepard variety from north Queensland. We have purposely stayed away from these this week, they are cheap, however lots of the fruit is immature and they have had too much rain (now stopped) and I don't think we want to start these just yet. We have some excellent KP mangoes this week from Mildura, I still find it hard to get my head around mangoes, good mangoes, coming from Victoria. In Autumn fruits, the new season Gala apples and Williams pears are fabulous and the many varieties of plums are on our shelves. Peaches and nectarines, especially the whites, are still very good. However, there is some cheaper fruit starting to show signs of dryness – beware of anything under three dollars a kg, the best fruit is now bringing quite a premium over this.
Really tough going this week. Tomatoes have gone through the roof which isn’t all bad, they have been below cost for some weeks now and we risked smaller growers being forced out of the industry if those prices had continued. There’s plenty of cucumbers of all sorts still available at fair prices and look like getting cheaper. Imported asparagus continues to be oversupplied and we still have plenty Kestrel potatoes, again like last week mainly in the prepacked lines. Kumera is cheaper this week and there are some bargains in the imperfect section of this line.