Brisbane Market Report 113
The change of growing seasons means we’re seeing less produce from down south and more Queensland-grown fruit and vegetables in the Brisbane Produce Market this week. Queensland citrus fruit is leading the charge, with our local lemons, limes, oranges, and mandarins all offering great buying. Can’t go past the classic Hass? Avo aficionados will be happy to hear that Hass avocados are back in supply — an earlier appearance than usual. Other local in-season fruits include pineapples, persimmons, rockmelons, bananas (both Cavendish and Lady Finger), and Pink Lady ap..
Brisbane Market Report 112
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..
Brisbane Market Report 111
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..
Brisbane Market Report 110
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..
Brisbane Market Report 109
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..
Brisbane Market Report 108
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..
Brisbane Market Report 107
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..
Brisbane Market Report 106
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..
Brisbane Market Report 105
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 ..
Brisbane Market Report 104
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..
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