The bad news is that the extremely cold weather conditions have put the brakes on the Queensland vegetable season. The good news is that the crops are all intact in the ground, just waiting for a helping hand from Mother Nature to bring them through to harvest! Locally grown Sydney basin and Victorian green Shanghai and coriander are both fantastic quality and on a fantastic special this week. Other well supplied lines include fennel, celery, pumpkin, red caps and loose corn. Plenty of value can be found in our Imperfect kumera and Imperfect eggplant.
The overlapping of the North Queensland and Bundaberg growing seasons has led to incredible numbers of avocados making their way to the markets this week. With excess of half a million trays of avocadoes being produced weekly, retail prices are as low as they have been for a considerable period of time. Queensland Strawberry season has been impacted by the cold weather we are currently experiencing on the East Coast. As is the case with the vegies, the crops are intact and the first burst of warm weather will see volumes increase significantly. Blueberries are slowing gathering momentum, albeit a bit slower than recent years. The premium blueberries in stores are from North Queensland and are the best eating blueberries we have had on offer for a while. The northern NSW season has also started but this week I definitely would steer customers towards the premium offer – well worth it.