The spring raspberry crops have started. Prices have eased substantially to be quite reasonable and they will continue to come under pressure as the spring crops gain momentum. Our raspberries are mainly from Coffs Harbour in Northern NSW. Dry weather conditions the last fortnight in the growing areas means the blueberries are eating fantastic. Hard, crunchy and very sweet. For those who like to indulge, try our premium range of blues – they're worth every cent. Strawberries are still arriving into the markets in strong volumes. The fruit is fantastic eating and really inexpensive. Our premium range of strawberries are a cut above anything you will find in a supermarket and not expensive at all.
There is some more papaya around the market’s week. With conditions in far north Queensland starting to warm up, the papaya crops start to come out of hibernation. Papaya has been fairly expensive in recent weeks; however, prices have eased this week. Time to put papaya back on the shopping list. Kensington pride Mangoes from the Northern Territory are still dribbling into the markets with no large volumes expected for another month. The mangoes instore are mature fruit and good eating.
The markets this week have a good variety of quality vegetables on offer. Some of the spring crops have started so we will see some excellent opportunities in leafy green vegetables over the coming weeks. This week, we have coriander on special in all stores at a great price. Celery, lettuce, broccoli, fennel, baby broccoli, brown onions and zucchini are all well supplied.
This week, Imperfect zucchini represents excellent value. Their imperfection is that they are larger than normal but still perfectly good to eat. All our asparagus instore is now Australian. Cooler temperatures down south have held the Australian asparagus season back a little, but it looks ready to go with volumes of Australian asparagus on the increase. Look for prices to ease over the coming days.