We’re experiencing cooler Autumn weather and mostly clear conditions this week, so the Brisbane Produce Market is heaving with produce that’s fantastic quality and value. Citrus fruits are a stand-out, with lemons, limes, and Imperial mandarins all in good supply, along with the Queensland-grown Navel oranges that have just started to appear. You’ll also find great buying in avocados, bananas, quince, pomegranate, rhubarb, Toowoomba-grown silverbeet, and Terry Sweet Persimmons. You’ll notice all the apple varieties vying for your attention on the shelves; R..
As school holidays draw to a close, we’re restocking the fridge with lunchbox-friendly fruit this week. All the favourites are here: Imperial mandarins, plums, late-season strawberries, grapes (for one more month), and many apple varieties. While you might have noticed that bananas have firmed in price, supplies are still good although some fruit is discoloured. Got a melon fan? We have South Australia- and Chinchilla-grown honeydew, as well as plenty of local rock melon and watermelon. Victorian kiwifruit is beginning to make an appearance, and watch out for oranges which w..
Top quality fruit and salad vegetables are streaming into the Brisbane Produce Market this week — a welcome sight after the overindulgence of the past week! As the country that put avo toast on the map, Australia must be one of the only places where avocado prices are a topic of national conversation. The good news is that prices of Shepard avocados are continuing to decrease, so now’s a great time to experiment with your favourite smashed avo recipes. There’s a wide range of fruit in good supply this week: figs, grapes, Queensland-grown lemons, limes, plums, and na..
The weather has been kinder to local growers of late, so it’s almost entirely good news at the Brisbane Produce Market this week. Arriving from Stanthorpe are apples of every variety including Red Delicious, Gala and Fuji. Also keep an eye out for a variety you may not have heard of — Kanzi. Originally developed in Belgium, the sweet and crunchy Kanzi is a cross between the Braeburn and Gala varieties. Pink Lady apples are still on the pricey side, but that will change once the new season kicks in. From Gayndah, we’re seeing grapefruit and new season mandarins, w..
It might be the middle of March, but our long summer means stone fruits are great buying at the Brisbane Produce Market this week. All varieties of plums are good quality and well-priced, as are nectarines (despite their lighter colour). Keep an eye out for the pale yellow skin and firm flesh of Golden Queen peaches, which peak at this time of year. They often take longer to ripen, so store peaches in a paper bag at room temperature if you’d like to speed up the process. Although traditionally a bottling peach used for preserves, Golden Queen peaches make a delicious snack and the..
Grapes, pears and limes are enjoying a strong season, along with Fuji, Gala and Red Delicious apples from Stanthorpe and Batlow. Plums are the best of the stone fruit, with their season expecting to continue until the end of April. After recent fluctuations in price and availability, bananas, lemons, avocados and watermelons are all in good supply this week. The only fruits struggling this week are the very sensitive strawberries — they’re struggling with the wind, rain, and heat. You might have seen the gorgeous purple-skinned mangosteen in the markets of South-East As..
While it might not feel like Autumn just yet, we’re seeing a few of our new season favourites arrive at the Brisbane Produce Market. William pears, Thompson seedless grapes and Stanthorpe-grown Red Delicious apples are featuring prominently on the shelves. Citrus fruits are starting to make an appearance, including Australian Valencia oranges, lemons, and Queensland-grown limes. We reckon that means it’s time to don the baking apron and whip up lemon curd for tarts (and toast!), or a zesty lime and coconut cake. Also looking good this week are locally grown pineapples, Fu..
Extreme weather conditions continue to loom large over the Brisbane Produce Market this week. Extensive rain in tropical North Queensland and hot temperatures across the country have affected supplies of bananas, berries, beans, celery, corn, lettuce, herbs, and zucchini. So what’s the good news? Melons are still excellent quality, while grapes and figs continue their bumper run. For apples, we have new season Red Delicious and Gala varieties as well as Pink Lady and Granny Smith, but these are tart tasting. Save the Granny Smiths for cooking, or wait two more weeks for the ..
Welcome to the Year of the Dog! After celebrating Chinese New Year at the Brisbane Produce Market, we’re seeing diminished supplies of Asian vegetables such as bok choy, choy sum, coriander, enoki mushrooms, and oyster mushrooms. So popular was wombok cabbage that prices increased as much as 400% on previous weeks! Also in low supply are heat-affected broccoli, beans, spinach, lettuce, herbs, and cauliflower. That might seem like a long list, but we’ve got plenty of well-priced alternatives for your dinner plate this week: carrots, potatoes, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, c..
Despite the consistently hot temperatures across the state, it’s a time of transition for some of our fresh produce. This week we’ve begun farewelling a few summer favourites this week, including blueberries, menindee grapes, and Australian-grown apricots. Avocados are at a cross-point in the season, with shephard avos starting to come through at a cheaper price than hass. The pineapple season in Bundaberg is also winding down, so supplies will be lower until the Sunshine Coast crop starts. As one season ends, another begins and we are excited to see the start of th..