Produce Update – 1/11/2017
Aussie Asparagus, Butternut Pumpkin, Blueberries, Red Cabbage
Tuscan Cabbage, Spinach, Kailan, Yellow Peaches, Long watermelon
Australian Asparagus The season is in full swing from Koo Wee Rup – Victoria. Purple and white asparagus are also available in limited amounts this week.
Kale: Green kale and Tuscan cabbage are both looking good, grown locally in the Lockyer Valley.
Bulk Cherry Toms: Our Bowen grower is finished now – but we have delicious bulk cherry toms on the vine now available.
Broad Beans: Local broad beans are in good supply, now is their peak period of supply and the best time to be using them.
Beetroot: Large beets from the Lockyer valley are in good supply.
Chipping potatoes: New season Atherton chipping potatoes are now in and are cooking up well.
Petite Bouche: Seasonal Mix is a great option – pre-orders are essential – Sunday for Tuesday/Wednesday delivery and Tuesday for Thursday/Friday delivery. Petite bouche flowers are very limited again this week, we have Petite Ingredient flowers in on Thursday
Pumpkin: Butternut and Jap pumpkin are plentiful and well-priced – the best fruit is coming from North Queensland.
Mangoes: NT mangoes are delicious and at their best right now.
Micro Herbs: After a few weeks of low supply Pocket Herbs are back to normal supply with their micro herbs.
Stone fruit: Yellow flesh peaches and white flesh nectarines are the pick of what is available. Apricots have just started and we are seeing the first plums come through as well. Queensland Donut Peaches have another week to run, then we may see a gap before southern fruit starts.
De Padron peppers: We expect the season to run through until December, good peppers are currently in stock
Red Cabbage: Supply is good, heads are full and heavy.
Cos Gems: we have switched over to a new line of cos gems, these have firm tight heads and are coming in regularly.
Foraged produce: Heaps of good gear coming on after the rain – warriguls, slender celery, stinging nettle – get in touch with [email protected] and get yourself on the list for next week!! Pre-orders only.
STILL GOOD NEWS:.
Blueberries: All coming from Queensland, prices remain steady. Eating quality is great and fruit is large.
Mesclun, Spinach and Rocket: Leaves are all in good supply and quality is A1.
Onions: Queensland onion season has started, we are sticking with South Australian onions for now, as new season onions have a high water content and aren’t ideal for cooking.
Asian Veg: Kailan, Perilla and Kang Kong are all in good supply.
Herbs: Basil is continuing to improve, all other standard lines are in good supply except for curry leaf which has been difficult to source.
NOT SO GOOD NEWS:
Avocados: Hass avocados are up in price and Queensland / NSW season is pretty much finished and we are into Western Australian. Price will continue to rise through the summer due to high demand until new season Queensland fruit starts in February.
Cauliflower: Lockyer Valley is now finished supplying and Stanthorpe has been slow to start. We will be using Victorian cauliflower again this week and prices are high, but have now steadied.
Lemons: Good quality fruit is up in price – there are plenty of cheap lemons around, but they are thick skinned and fruit is breaking down quickly.
Sweet Potato: There is limited supply of Large, but prices are slowly coming down from the crazy numbers we have seen in the last few weeks.
Handpick Beans: Beans are very short nationwide – prices are high and local supply is limited because of the rain over the last few weeks.
Snow & Snap Peas: Bundaberg snow peas are having quality issues, we have switched over to Stanthorpe snows which are very nice, but pricing is high on both lines.
Mulberries: Finished for the season.
Strawberries: Local strawbs have been smashed with rain – Stanthorpe is coming through in dribs and drabs and we are topping up with WA and Victorian fruit as required. Pricing is has eased this week
Ginger: The price is the highest we have seen in several years, order ‘juicing grade’ for a cheaper option.
Heirloom toms: Fassifern Valley heirlooms are finished up for the season. Medley Mix are the substitute until next season. Large mixed heirloom toms are very short supplied as well, large kumato is the best substitute. We expect to have South Australian Ox Heart toms sometime in the coming week.
Red onions: Tasmanian season is coming to an end, we expect Queensland red onions to be available soon, but the rain will not help with quality issues. We are on to a very good line of South Australian onions at the moment, so we will stick with them.
Washed Potatoes: Growers are having trouble getting in to their fields to dig, afternoon storms coming through Gatton and the Darling Downs are not helping, all grades are in short supply and prices are high.
Radicchio: The bigger growers are now back on, heads are small but stock is looking good.
Figs: Only hot house figs are available at the moment and supply is limited – the price is high– avoid if possible.
Watermelon Radish: Is extremely limited again, only dribs and drabs coming through.
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