In fruit: Avocadoes are still very good for Harris Farm; the greenskin GMax variety are eating superbly.
Bananas are very well supplied again, and prices have eased. All apples are excellent to eat and superb value, as are all the varieties of pears. My favourite pear at the moment is the brown skinned Beurre Bosc variety.
From sunny and warm North Queensland, there are some exceptionally good eating rockmelons available this week. Berries are still hard going, however, the Queensland strawberries are just starting and though a little more expensive, are extremely good eating.
In veg: Veggies remain extremely scarce and more expensive than usual; however, as always, there are a couple of lines that remain reasonably priced.
We have a line of imported asparagus freshly arrived, and as the market is very quiet, we have been able to buy these at a great price. Eggplant is very well supplied in the Sydney markets. There will be a special on eggplant, either premium or Imperfect, in New South Wales stores. Celery is cheap in both States and on special in all our stores. New-season ginger is now well set on the skin and far more affordable than the old season has been. Brussel sprouts aren't as cheap as last week but remain good value.
It's challenging to fill the vegetable displays now, and I have had to choose an imported product for my Pick of the Week - asparagus. Asparagus this week is from Mexico as there is no Australian product available until possibly mid-August. The product can be hit or miss usually; however, the offer this week is of decent quality. The price is fantastic so enjoy it as the most affordable green in our stores this week.