Nothing much new here this week. Grapes continue to be a large part of the fruit offer but again very few of the Thompson seedless that would be in full swing on a normal year are sweet enough to put in the shops. All melons continue to eat well and are well priced. Gala apples have eased in price, normally we would have both Jonathon apples and early Fuji apples in the market putting downward pressure on the Gala price, however this year those varieties are not quite ready to eat yet. Figs are eating well, as are Williams pears. Peaches and nectarines are both past their peak supply time and although they still have a month to run from time to time supply may be a little irregular. We would rather give you a good eating peach or nectarine than to keep the shelves full of something that we wouldn’t take home ourselves. The big news of the week is the changeover to those buttery elongated new season Shepard avocados. At this stage it looks like a fantastic crop and I think we will be enjoying them until the middle or possibly even the end of May.
Probably the best week for vegetables since the heatwave began. Lettuce, caulies and broccoli are still hard to source but there are signs of these easing also. With lettuce, although Icebergs are through the roof, there are options. Living lettuce and various salad mixes are unaffected in price. Carrots are very well supplied out of Tasmania this week and we have great specials in this product and in Dutch carrots as well. Kumera is fantastic value this week. Some of our stores received imperfect kumera this week that they will sell at $1.00/kg, unheard of prices. I am delighted to say that this week and probably for the next few weeks we will be selling only Australian grown asparagus. You really can taste the difference with this far fresher product. This all looks extremely promising for a well-supplied, moderately priced Autumn this year.