Market Report

Thursday April 27

This week's top 5

This week our produce of the week is Sage from Clyde, Victoria. Produced by Australian Fresh Leaf Herbs, founder and executive director Jan Vydra used to be an Elwood local and we were one of his first suppliers. Sage, which is native to the Mediterranean, has silvery-green leaves with an earthy fragrance and harks back to ancient times when it was used in the healing of headaches.Choose sage with elongated, blemish free leaves. Keep refrigerated in protective, plastic sleeve.

  1. Sage
  2. Sweet Potato
  3. Cauliflower
  4. Imperial Mandarins
  5. Pink Lady Apples
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Fruit

This week as we hold on to the last few days of sunshine, we have an abundance of delicious tropical fruit including Rambutans, Longans and Custard Apples. These are not to be missed, trust us you won’t regret it.

Another of the more unusual fruits we’ve seen is Cotton Candy seedless grapes. They look just like a normal green seedless grape, but the flavour is quite unique – they taste just like fairy floss! These grapes are grown in Robinvale, Northern Victoria. We also have local Thompson green seedless grapes are now in season, and eating really well.

We also have new season Imperial Mandarins from Gayndah, Queensland. The eating quality is only fair, but it’s a start. The eating quality will only improve as the weeks go by.

The stonefruit season has almost drawn to an end, but we do still have plums available for the next few weeks.

Unfortunetly due to the weather, our local fruit is dropping off in quality and supply including cantaloupes, strawberries and blueberries which are all in short supply. Due to the cyclone in Queensland, and the subsequent rain in northern New South Wales, these lines will stay in short supply for the next few months.

Shepard avocados are also now in season. These avocados are grown in North Queensland and have a lovely creamy flavour and the added benefit of not going brown when you cut them.

Local valencia oranges continue to be in short supply, new season navels will be in soon.

Our William pears are fantastic at the moment. These pears have a great flavour and ripen quickly. We also have Buerre Bosc, Red sensation and nashi pears.

Unfortunately our tomatoes have been affected by the weather, and there is very limited supply coming in from Brisbane area, so this week tomatoes are slightly more expensive than usual.

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Vegetables

Unfortunately some of our produce has also been affected by the weather, including capsicums which are in limited supply, leading to an increase in price. The price of sweet corn, beans, peas, snowpeas and sugar snap may also rise as we head further into winter, however the quality at the moment is still fantastic.

On the salad front, Iceberg lettuce from Somerville on the Mornington Peninsula is in good supply and quality. With the better growing conditions, all of the salad leaves are now in good supply. We are also stocking a lovely selection of greens including kale, chard and spinach bunches.

Cauliflower has come down in price and the growing conditions have improved, leading to increase in supply. Organic cauliflower is however still really poor quality at the moment and we won’t be stocking it until the quality improves.

Our potatoes are exceptional at the moment, and we are stocking a great range including washed, cocktail, desiree, dutch cream, kipfler, royal blue, organic sebago as well as organic kestrel. This week sweet potatoes are our produce of the week, which are a fantastic, and are great value. We have both organic and conventional available and we are also stocking mini sweet potatoes which are perfect for roasting.

Our herb bunches continue to be fresh and abundant and this week, packed full of flavour. We have also started new season purple garlic from Tasmania and also have organic garlic available.

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Organic

As we prepare to bid farewell to the sunshine, we welcome organic star fruit and organic mangosteens so we can close our eyes and pretend we are somewhere far away on a tropical island.

Our organic crimson grapes and organic sultana grapes are fantastic at the moment. We also have organic royal gala apples and williams pears available.

In terms of apples we have organic imperial apples available at the moment. The organic galas apples are pale skinned, with a sharp taste. We also have organic williams pears are available.

On the salad front, with better growing conditions, our organic cos lettuce and the organic twin cos pack are great at the moment. We are also stocking a lovely selection of greens including organic silverbeet.

Organic cauliflower is really poor quality at the moment and we won’t be stocking it until the quality improves. We have organic broccoli, but it is expensive. Same goes with organic carrots, they are in really short supply, but the quality is excellent, sweet, fresh and flavoursome. Organic celery is also still great at the moment and is great value.

We also have organic garlic now available.

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