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The Leaf Difference - Market Report 18th December


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Market Report 18th December

Australia green and flame grapes are our produce of the week. I think the flame grapes are tasting better. Grapes traditionally come into season in January from the Mildura district. Many Mildura growers have now set up farms in Queensland to supply early season Australian grapes just in time for summer. 

Clingstone Peaches have started, just in time for xmas. All Peaches  nectarines, apricots, plums and  cherries are all available, prices are good and tasting great.

Local cantaloupe from Fred Dawson and Sons, Mildura have started and the value is great. The Dawson family have been producing great cantaloupes for many years. 

Honey Gold mangoes are really flavoursome this week. Honey Gold Mangoes are a delicious mango and generally have a smaller seed. Kensington Pride Mangoes are now coming from Bowen in North Queensland. They look a little rough on the outside, but have a great mango flavour. Look beyond the skin. 

Local raspberries are in season, taste great and great value.

 Local tomatoes are amazing value and have great flavour. Cherry tomatoes are only $1.49 a punnet and truss are $3.99kg

 The Lychee season has started, it's the tropical version of christmas cherries. Our variety is Fay Zee Sui, which are a sweet small seed variety. There are other cheaper varieties on the market, but these tend to have a larger seed and not taste as good. 

Local strawberries, including organic strawberries, are still tasting fantastic. Blueberries are still eating well.

Seedless watermelon quality is still good. Bananas are now plentiful and cheaper. Limes and lemons supply is still tight at the moment.

Local hand picked  beans are now available. The main Australian asparagus season is coming to an end. Australian asparagus will still be available through summer, but the prices will go up soon. 

Local dried purple garlic has started. The bulbs are a little small, but the flavour makes up for the size. Our early season garlic is from Robinvale, near Mildura. 

Spring peas are local, fantastic and in season. Continental and Lebanese cucumbers quality and price are cheap. 

New season brown and red onions from Queensland are instore. These onions are rough looking on the outside, but have a great onion flavour. Look beneath the skin! I'd rather support local flavoursome queensland onions, than USA onions which may look better on the outside. 

Hass avocados continue to ripen well.  Valencia oranges are juicy and in season. If you happen to get a valencia orange with a green tinge, that's actually nature's way of sunscreen, the greening helps to prevent sunburn. 


The organic stonefruit quality is getting better and better and the prices are coming down. Yellow peaches, yellow nectarines, apricots, cherries and mangoes are all eating well.

  The harvest of organic strawberries that we have been getting from our Silvan grower have finished. He will start harvesting his second crop before christmas. We have been able to secure another grower from Monbulk and their strawberries are smaller but still good.

Organic Hass avocados are eating well.

The season for organic fuji apples has finished. There are some organic pink lady apples available, but they are a crazy expensive price and quality only average and we have decided not to buy them. Email me if you want $12 kilo apples.

Sweet potato harvesting is between crops. They should be back in soon. Organic celery is between growing seasons, but should be back early December. Organic hand picked beans back in stock 

Organic herbs (inlcuding dill), asparagusIceberg and cos lettuce  silverbeetkale,and broccoli are great at the moment. Organic lebanese cucumbers are great quality. Broccolini is in short supply for a week or so

New season dutch cream potatoes and nicola potatoes are in stock. These potatoes have that great new season flavour.

 Valencia oranges are now available. Valencia oranges are juicy, a little more tart than navels and the season is spring/summer/autumn

All of the organic carrots ,brown onionsQueensland organic tomatoes, sweet corn and jap pumpkin are also great at the moment.

Organic Iceberg and cos lettuce are available as are organic snowpeas

The organic baby spinach, salad mix, super green kale and curly kale packets are good quality as is wild rocket 


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