Produce Update – 8/11/2017
Butternut Pumpkin, Blueberries, Red Cabbage
, Spinach, Mangoes , Yellow Peaches, Long watermelon
Sweet Corn: There is plenty of good corn available from Bundaberg and it is very well priced.
Bulk Cherry Toms: Our Bowen grower has sent one last consignment in – get them while you can!
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.
Onions: Queensland onions are now in stock from the Darling Downs.
Mangoes: NT mangoes are delicious and at their best right now.
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. Donut peaches are also available.
De Padron peppers: We expect the season to run through until December, good peppers are currently in stock
Snow peas: Prices are firm, but snow peas are looking beautiful from Stanthorpe.
Strawberries: Stanthorpe Strawberries are getting in to full swing now, prices have eased and fruit is looking good. Victorian strawberries are also in full supply.
Foraged produce: Heaps of good gear coming on after the rain – Riberries, watercress with flowers, stinging nettle – get in touch with [email protected] and get yourself on the list for next week!! Pre-orders only.
STILL GOOD NEWS:
Australian Asparagus The season is in full swing from Koo Wee Rup, prices are up this week due to high demand, but should ease in the coming weeks. 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.
Red Cabbage: Supply is good, heads are full and heavy.
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.
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.
Herbs: Basil is continuing to improve; all other standard lines are in good supply.
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 have kicked up again.
Broccoli: Local broc is pretty much finished, Stanthorpe has limited volume and pricing is very firm on Victorian Broccoli. Quality is still good.
Handpick Beans: Beans are very short nationwide – we have some local supply coming through again 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.
Wombok: Quality is not great (heads are not full and heavy) and prices are extremely high – best to avoid if possible.
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. Large des are particularly difficult to source, you may receive mediums as a substitute this week
Radicchio: The bigger growers are now back on, heads are small but stock is looking good. You may be substituted with treviso if we can’t source radicchio.
Figs: Only hot house figs are available 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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