There are a heap of fantastic fruit options in our stores this week. Peaches are slowing up but we still have lots of good nectarines. We now turn our attention to plums to replace peaches and nectarines. This can be a bit tricky because there are just so many varieties on offer. For me this week, the Tegan Blues from Western Australia are the best option this week.. Each week I will identify the plum of the week in this blog. Limes and new season pears remain excellent value. I prefer not to promote imported fruit, however the USA navel oranges this week are outstanding and cheap. Early Autumn is of course the time for grapes. Right now it's hard to choose between Thompson seedless, natural sultanas and black muscatels. They are all well priced and fabulous quality.
As an aside, the Batlow district Which was ravaged by the recent fires has started picking fruit this week. There is an auction of the first box of Galas from Batlow to help rebuild the community and Harris Farm will of course be actively bidding for this item. As well, old fashioned Jonathons which are nearly a thing of the past are being picked there this week. We will be selling a small difficult to sell size of apple from the district at near cost to assist that community, we are calling them lunch box Jonathons. Also this week, we have our late picked KP mangoes from Mildura. This fruit is fantastic to eat because it stays on the trees far longer than the QLD fruit and the longer its on the tree the better the flavour. Great fruit and great value.
Despite the low levels of plantings in areas that would traditionally supply our market with vegetables at this time, we still have some very good options available to us. Corn is cheaper than last week and excellent quality. Brushed potatoes have eased in price. Cukes and especially Lebanese cucumbers have eased dramatically in price. Quality premium glasshouse eggplant is probably as cheap as it gets this week.. Pumpkin and Kumara are also both easing in price.