Things are starting to improve in the fruit category. Nowhere near a normal December yet but starting to get there. Mangoes are again the bargain of the week. We have a fantastic special on large clean Honey Golds from the Territory plus loads of great imperfects - we are now back with our $20.00 tray sale KPs. Berry supply and quality are also improving and they are all now reasonably priced and will keep far better.
Cherries are still hit-and-miss. We are only buying if they are good so some days we will have them and some days not. Papaya remains inexpensive and excellent eating. White grapes are greatly improved and eating well (a better option than the reds). Apricots are not bad and will improve next week. With nectarines, I think the whites are still the better option and the imperfects are great value.
Lots of attractive prices in veg this week. The biggest drop is in beans which are around half last week's price. Lots of really good tomatoes both field and Truss - my pick this week would be the very good new crop, Romas, from the Sydney glasshouse growers, and of course still miles of Truss available.
Shallots, Dutch carrots, and all cucumbers are still inexpensive too. For me, you can’t go past those heirloom tomatoes we sell, they are the best-eating tomato in the shop and although not cheap, are only around half the price they were a week ago. Of course, there are still great snacking tomato options as well.
Corn has come right back in price as Victorian crops get underway. We have some great flat mushrooms in the stores and prepackaged carrots are great value. Chinese cabbage is cheap and of good quality.