It’s very cold from the top of Queensland right down to Tasmania so vegetables everywhere are growing a little slower than our farmers would expect. As a result, most vegetable prices are firm to even quite dear but there are still some bargains to be had. This week fennel, red caps, celery, Brussels sprouts and snackable carrots are all good options and I see cauliies potentially easing as the week goes on.
Avocados continue to be great value and are as cheap as I have seen them for some years. With imported cherries, we now move to the really good one’s which come from Washington state. They are the far superior and a better eating fruit than the Californian fruit we have been selling. Similarly, we now have the southern Imperial mandarins as opposed to QLD fruit, this fruit is crisp and fresh and really worth a try. In fact, all citrus is good value! I am currently mixing ruby grapefruit and navel oranges for my morning juice and loving it! The navels are fantastic eating, our best value offer is our 3 kg nets. Our Imperfect Pink Lady apples are terrific value, they don’t look super smart but eat absolutely as well as the shiny bright red fruit we sell at double the price on our premium stacks. Packham pears are very good but you do have to buy them a good week or even more before you eat them. They need to be turning yellow and a bit on the soft side so don’t store them in the fridge. As in previous weeks, I think the kiwi gold is fantastic. Very cold weather in our growing areas will make all berries a little dearer and less available this week. Give it another fortnight or so before the bargains in berries really get going!