The supply and quality of most vegetable varieties is very good.
Colder growing conditions have increased the price of tomatoes, zucchini and cucumbers.
The market price of celery and cauliflower has come down over the last week – quality is very good.
Corn and yellow squash out of season – quality not the best.
The market price of broccoli is higher than average.
Snowpeas remain good quality and value.
Apples – This week I’ll be buying Pink Lady, Gala, Granny Smith and Kanzi – all new season and very good quality.
Avocados – New season Hass are now available. Quality is very good, and hopefully some good supplies will come into the market in coming weeks to put downward pressure on prices. Demand for avocados has been outstripping supply for a couple of years now because of their increase in popularity, so until growers can catch up with new plantations, price will continue to be firm.
Bananas – Very good quality and value.
Blueberries and Raspberries – Temporarily unavailable. Very scarce, price is extremely high and quality not great.
Grapes – Crimson Seedless are coming to the end of their season – and picking has finished. There is still fruit in the market however quality is declining. Any grapes available in the shops now will have been cold stored, and after another few weeks USA grapes will be all that is available. The new season will commence in December.
Kiwifruit – The New Zealand season has started and quality is very good.
Lemons – Excellent quality and value.
Limes – Excellent quality and value.
Mandarins – Imperial Mandarines are in season – excellent quality and value.
Oranges – New season navels have started. Market price is high for the best looking fruit, however I am sourcing very good quality locally grown fruit with minor skin marks which offer much better value this week.
Pineapples – Topless Pines are in season. Quality and value are excellent – sweet and juicy.
Rockmelons – Quite scarce as the season changes from QLD to Northern Territory. At this time of year, the available varieties will have a firmer texture. They are still juicy, sweet and flavoursome.
Stonefruit – The season has finished until Mangoes start around October.
Strawberries – The Queensland season has commenced. Quality is very good however market price is very high and will probably remain so for a few more weeks. Then we should hopefully see some good value in the market.
Watermelon – Quality and value are good.