Dave's Market Picks Fruit and Veg Box

Dave's Market Picks Fruit and Veg Box

$70.00 ea

Dave's Market Picks Fruit and Veg Box will be ever changing due to current market availability.


You'll get the best balance of value and quality in this perfectly selected offering of the market's very best.




 A great week for berries coming up. Raspberries and strawberries continue to be inexpensive and blackberries will join them as the week progresses. We transition from old season Hass to new season Shepard avocados this week, see my pick of the week for more information. Australian lemons and Imperfect lemons are now in full swing and prices are easing as orchards in Queensland ramp up supply.

As well as Gala apples, we now have good eating Fuji’s available. Peaches and nectarines are still eating well and my pick of the plums this week are Amber Jewels. Both William pears and all grapes continue to be at their peak, all inexpensive and eating fantastically. Figs, my favourite Autumn fruit, are just fantastic.



 The market is well supplied with most lines. Bargains for the week are our yellow snacking tomatoes, they are very sweet and very inexpensive, as well as truss and Sampari’s, all great quality and well-priced. Corn is cheaper than it has been for a while, as are Dutch carrots and Lebanese cucumbers. Both fennel and capsicums continue to be oversupplied and inexpensive. The pumpkin market has peaked and will now get cheaper over the coming month.



This week, we will transition from the black when ripe Hass avocados to Shepard avocados. These are a green skinned variety and won't change colour. A gentle squeeze that has some give in it will tell you when they are ready to eat. Like all tropical fruit, they are best out of the fridge, only refrigerate when ripe and then only for a day or two.

Unlike the Hass variety, Shepard's only grow in tropical North Queensland and are the main avocado on sale from now until mid-April. In total, they represent about ten per cent of Australia’s avocado crop. They are the first avocado of the year and have a nutty flavour and buttery texture. The old season Hass will still be in some shops this week, but this is the time when they start to cut black so look for the green skins. Shepard's are easy to distinguish from unripe Hass as they are much longer and more elongated and will be a more reliable option than the Hass variety. One thing I really like about this avocado is that when you cut them they don't go brown.


Shepard’s don’t go black on the skin as they ripen, you must judge the ripeness by the feel of the fruit. Pick avocados which give gently when pressed on the top end.

Store unripe fruit at room temperature. Once ripe, store in the fridge.


– David Harris










  • 2 Shepard Avos 
  • 1 punnet of Strawberries
  • 3 Lemons
  • 2 Royal Gala Apples
  • 2 Fuji Apples
  • 3 William Pears
  • 1kg Red Seedless Grapes
  • 2 punnet of Raspberries
  • 3 White Peaches
  • 3 Yellow Nectarines
  • 2 Amber Jewel Plums
  • 1 punnet of Figs




  • 1 bunch of Dutch Carrots
  • 2 Corn Cobs
  • 1 bunch of Truss Tomatoes
  • 1 bunch of Sampari Tomatoes
  • 1 punnet of Yellow Snacking Tomatoes
  • 3 Lebanese Cucumbers
  • 1 yellow Capsicum
  • 1 red Capsicum
  • 1 cut Jap Pumpkin
  • 1 Fennel
  • 1 bunch Broccolini
  • 1 bunch baby Buk Choy
  • 1 bunch Watercress


Contents updated 16:07 on 25/02/2021

*The Box pictured is for illustration purposes and may contain different products