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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.
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 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.
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 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.
Organic herbs (inlcuding dill), asparagus, Iceberg and cos lettuce silverbeet, kale,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
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
Holiday Trading Hours
Below are our Christmas/New Year trading hours for you to get the perfect ingredients for your perfect days!
|Dec 24||5.00 AM to 4.00 PM|
|Dec 27||7.00 AM to 6.00 PM|
|Dec 28||7.00 AM to 6.00 PM|
|Dec 29||7.00 AM to 7.00 PM|
|Dec 30||7.00 AM to 7.00 PM|
|Dec 31||6.00 AM to 4.00 PM|
Normal trading hours resume from January 2nd.