Market Update

With the exception of Dates from USA, and Garlic from Spain, all produce we deliver is Australian grown, and locally sourced wherever possible.

When unpacking your produce, it should be handled as carefully as possible to minimise damage and bruising. Vegetables will store best in plastic bags or tupperware to prevent them from drying out in the fridge –  especially for carrots and broccoli. Most fruits will generally stay fresher in the fridge. However, to maximise flavour, tomatoes should not be refrigerated.

VEGETABLES

Market prices for a few varieties are up due to supply shortages. Over the last few months there has been unfavourable growing conditions in growing areas – very hot one day, wet the next – which has led to issues planting and maintaining crops.

Asparagus – Australian season finished.  The new crop will be ready  August / September

Beans – The quality of hand- picked beans is very good, however market price is up

Broccoli – Supply of both Broccoli and Broccolini have  improved over the last few weeks

Brussels Sprouts – Out of season / unavailable until late Autumn

Cabbages – In very short supply.

Capsicums – Supply has improved for reds. Locally grown greens are good value.

Carrots – Premium quality, tender and sweet. It’s always best to store carrots in a plastic bag or tupperware, to prevent them from drying out and turning limp.

Caulitflower – Remains scare due to unfavourable weather although supply is gradually improving.

Corn – locally grown – very good quality

Cucumbers – Locally grown and in season. Very good quality and value

Lettuce – Supply and quality of baby spinach, roquette, mixed leaf and Iceberg is very good.

Snowpeas / Sugarsnap – Locally grown snows which are very good quality. Sugarsnaps are temporarily unavailable.

Tomatoes – Round and Romas are good quality, however market price is up.  Cherry and grape tomatoes are in short supply

Zucchini – Local season – very good  quality and value

FRUIT

Apples –  New season Galas are available. They should be kept cold, as the will tend to turn floury if kept in a warm place. Kanzi are fresh off the trees and excellent quality. Pink Lady are still last year’s fruit, however they are still very good.  Their new season will commence in the next few weeks.

Avocados – Market price of Hass has increased over the last week. Shepards are trickling into the market, and better supply should bring down prices.

Bananas  Good quality and value

Berries – All varieties should be good quality this week, although market prices are up

Grapes – Thompsons (green) are coming to the end of their season. Crimson will continue for another month or so

Kiwifruit – Unavailable, Australian and New Zealand seasons will commence very soon

Lemons – Supply of Lemons and Limes is very good

Mandarins – We will commence buying next weekl

Mangos – The season for Kensington Pride is over. There are other late season varieties however their eating quality is generally not great, so we have stopped buying.

Oranges –  Valencias are in season – very good quality

Passionfruit – Very good quality, however market price is higher than average

Pears – New season Packams have started – very good quality

Pineapples – Very quality and value

Rockmelons – Very good quality and value 

Stonefruit – The season for both Nectarines and Peaches are is over. This will be the last week for Plums

Strawberries – The Victorian season – quality is very good, however they should be eaten as soon as possible. The best way to extend the life of berries is to remove them from their punnet and place on paper towel in the fridge. Only wash them just prior to eating.

Watermelon – Very good quality and value