This week, I am eating those beautiful new season strawberries. I am a bit surprised at how quickly they have fallen in price this year compared to previous years, we normally wouldn’t get these price drops until mid-July. Raspberries though not a bargain yet, are starting to ease also. There are some real bargains in our Imperfect range when it comes to citrus. Lemons which are now in high demand all over the world are the best example. A bit marked or a bit large or a bit small, a lemon is a lemon. The juice inside is the same no matter what. So its Imperfect lemons for me and oranges also. Pretty much the same with apples this year also. As the season progresses, the smaller sizes will be cheap. Paw Paw is cheap again, and as we get well into our Queensland mandarin season the eating quality has improved and the price has stalled. Gold kiwis are still fantastic and Pink Ladys are my pick of the apples. The bad news is that bananas are on the way up, but to counter that tomatoes look like easing as supplies increase next week.
Best bargain of the week is broccoli. It’s less than half the price of last week, the quality is superb and it’s a great winter veg. The other significant price reduction this week is with celery. This is a very good week for potatoes at Harris Farm. We have Dutch Cream potatoes from Tasmania this week, an old fashioned variety but absolutely fantastic to eat. A waxy potato lower in starch, I prefer them to mash and make chips. Also we have very good Ruby Lou potatoes, both varieties are very well priced this week. Those larger imperfect parsnips are still an absolute bargain, around one third the price of the preferred size product. Spring onions are now at their best and local spinach and kale are both fantastic value.