Produce Update – 15/11/2017
Butternut Pumpkin, Blueberries, Red Cabbage, Chicory
Spinach, Mangoes , Yellow Peaches, Flat Beans, Long watermelon
Oyster Mushrooms: Sold by the kg, we have growers in Noosa and Northern NSW, they are in a flush at the moment and have plenty of great quality oyster mushies coming through.
Bulk Cherry Toms: Now being supplied on the vine – eating quality is fantastic.
Broad Beans: Local broad beans are in good supply, now is their peak period of supply and the best time to be using them. We also have Flat Beans which have just kicked off this week, they are very tender and sweet.
Handpick Beans: Prices have eased and more stock is coming in each day – supply is getting back to normal.
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 having some quality issues.
STILL GOOD NEWS:
Australian Asparagus The season is in full swing from Koo Wee Rup, prices are steady and we have fresh stock coming in most days.
Kale: Green kale and Tuscan cabbage are both looking good, grown locally in the Lockyer Valley.
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.
NOT SO GOOD NEWS:
Avocados: Hass avocados are up in price, Queensland / NSW season is pretty much finished and we are into Western Australian. Prices will continue to rise through the summer due to high demand until new season Queensland fruit starts in February.
Watercress: Silverwing Moth and Rutherglen bug have been terrorising local watercress crops, volume is well down across the board. Expect orders to be cut back this week.
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 finished, Stanthorpe has limited volume and pricing is extremely high on Victorian Broccoli.
Cabbage: Price has kicked up this week, all coming from down south.
Ginger: Prices remain high.
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: South Australian growers are starting up again and pricing is starting to ease.
Radicchio: Supply will be very low this week
Figs: Only hot house figs are available and supply is limited – the price is high– avoid if possible. Better quantity should be on by next week when we expect prices to start falling.
Watermelon Radish: Is extremely limited again, only dribs and drabs coming through.
Carambola: Not available – out of season
Royal Blue & Purple Congo: Growers are in a gap until after Christmas – we suggest using Desiree instead of royal blue and red foo as a sub for purple congo.
Foraged Produce:– Our forager Nick is very ill this week and unable go out foraging. Get in touch with [email protected] and get yourself on the list for next week!! Pre-orders only.
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