Christmas is always a bit hard to pick. I am going to buy a few tomatoes for home this week, the prices on truss, Sampari and yellow snacking must firm up as the week goes on. Our red capsicums are still very reasonable, as are the 1 kg bags of carrots. Nothing will get outrageously dear, and of course, our fall-back is always the Imperfect offer with real bargains in both zucchini and kumera this week. As always, demand exceeds supply in Christmas week and almost anything can and does happen!
We are looking at a very good Christmas with stone fruit. As always, we try to offer our customers options over Christmas with lines of fruit by the case or tray and that tradition will continue this year. Peaches and nectarines are both eating well and will be on offer. Probably our most popular lines by the case are mangoes, cherries and lychees. A lot of cherries have been picked ahead of the rain and we will have a cheaper 2 kg option from Victoria and some premium 2 kg options from the first Tasmanian fruit. For those who want the best of the best, look at our 1 kg super premium offer.
In lychees, the small seed varieties, which are also the best eating, are in high demand and won't be cheap but they are really good. We should have both 1 and 2 kg boxes of this fruit. In mangoes, we will have 2 lines: our traditional $20.00 line and then a dearer, premium large line. These will both be KPs from Queensland. Honey Golds will be in between crops and though available on the stack, we probably won't have tray options with them. There will also be some very good apricots, though the best of these will be on the stacks.
In berries, blueberries are suffering from heavy rain in northern NSW but at this stage, there looks to be plenty of raspberries coming. Avocadoes are dear and scarce, particularly the west Australian fruit which is the better eating of the crop. We would aim to have all these options right up to Christmas Eve but as always, there will be some items unavailable as we get close to the 24th of December.