Storms and wet weather across much of the Australian East Coast have impacted on supplies of many fruits and vegetables this week. Best buys in fruit include avocados, yellow and red pawpaw, and many varieties of pear: Packham, Josephine, Beurre Bosc, and Corella from Victoria. Just as they were coming into season, the nectarine crop from Kumbia was damaged by hail, so stocks are low and prices are high. However, we encourage you to support local growers and buy nectarines because the quality is still excellent. Lime and passionfruit are both expensive this week. The quality an..
Stormy weather, warmer temperatures, and the arrival of stonefruit at the Brisbane Produce Market are all sure signs that summer is on its way. Yellow and white nectarines are making their first appearance: grown in Kumbia in the South Burnett region, these nectarines are at the start of their season and are already well priced. Expect prices to rise however, as a result of the recent hail storms which has caused damage to some crops. We’re also seeing good quality yellow and white peaches coming from local growers around Childers and Gatton. Other best buys this week includ..
It’s been a week of dry warm days and cold nights for our local growers, so we’re seeing good supplies across most produce lines. Top fruit buys include blueberries, pineapple, watermelon, and both red and yellow pawpaws. Mangoes and new-season nectarines are beginning to appear: look for R2E2 and Kensington Pride mangoes from the Northern Territory ahead of the Queensland season starting next month. Donut peaches from Gatton and yellow peaches from Childers and northern NSW are a sure sign that summer is on its way. Supplies of Mareeba-grown limes and Granny Smith apples..
Warmer spring days are bringing a surge of fruits and vegetables to the Brisbane Produce Market this week. We’re well supplied with excellent quality pineapple, watermelon, and rockmelons, along with locally grown limes, passionfruit and pawpaw. The Queensland season for oranges, lemons, and mandarins has finished, but produce for the southern states is keeping these fruits in stock. We’re seeing increasing quantities of blueberries from New South Wales, so expect them to become more affordable. Also keep an eye out for that childhood favourite, mulberries, which have star..
Recent rain and warmer temperatures are affecting supplies at the Brisbane Produce Market, as spring brings a change in growing regions. Stock up on citrus fruits this week, including Queensland-grown seedless lemons, limes, Victorian-grown grapefruit and easy-peel Navels, and tangelos from Loxton in South Australia. Swap tangelos into your favourite citrus recipes likes marmalade, delicious puddings, tarts, and cakes. Bananas still have their duller winter skin, but are sweeter eating, with Lady Fingers from NSW and Queensland especially popular. Queensland-grown pineapples and Vi..
Queensland produce takes centre stage as spring hits the Brisbane Produce Market this week, with North Queensland entering its peak production period and the Lockyer Valley continuing its bumper season of vegies. We’re seeing strong supplies of passionfruit, pineapple, navel oranges, and North Queensland-grown papaya, honeydew and rockmelon. You may be surprised to spot peaches back on the shelves — they’re the yellow-flesh variety coming out of Childers in central Queensland. Strawberries from the Sunshine Coast continue to be a star performer, although supplies ar..
A chilly end to August means we’re seeing slightly less volume through the Brisbane Produce Market, but supplies will bounce back once spring arrives. Rockmelons from North Queensland are at their best at the moment, as are strawberries from the Sunshine Coast. In fact, strawberries are in oversupply, so stock up and make tarts, sorbets, purées, or another of our favourites, the Eton Mess. One of England’s best loved and simplest desserts, it combines sliced strawberries with whipped cream and crumbled meringues. We have good supplies of Hass avocados, as well as b..
North Queensland is producing many of our stand-out fruit and vegies this week, including Mareeba-grown limes and passionfruit, Daintree-grown watermelon, and pineapple. One of our favourites from up north, bananas, might have a duller skin at the moment but don’t let this put you off. In fact, bananas are sweeter during winter because they hang on the tree for up to 20 weeks (in summer, they only hang for about eight weeks). Kensington Pride mangoes are starting to arrive from the Northern Territory; also keep an eye out for green mango varieties like Fa Lan, Keo Savoy, Nam Do..
Warm days and cool nights continue to provide the perfect growing conditions for veggies, with an excellent range of seasonal favourites on the shelves this week. The fruit of the moment is undoubtedly the Queensland-grown strawberries from Chambers Flat and Caboolture. At the peak of their season in August, the strawberries we’re seeing are excellent eating. Avocados and lemons are also in good supply. Supplies of bananas are steady, but prices are firming slightly. Oranges and mandarins are in shorter supply than usual due to a large export demand. Limes from Atherton i..
Just as bitterly cold temperatures might cause us to long for spring, many produce lines are also protesting, with slower growth rates meaning reduced supplies. In fruit, banana production has slowed due to cold weather and prices will rise accordingly. Expect banana skins to go black more quickly due to dehydration and burn from the cold. Raspberries are in short supply and will be hard to find, while Granny Smith apples and smaller sized pre-packed apples are also becoming more expensive. Good buys this week include honeydew melon, lemons, limes, oranges, passionfruit, wint..