LOCAL, LIGHTER PRODUCE

Q: Which other locally sourced produce lines should I be looking out for at the moment?

While it may still be only September, I am already shifting towards alfresco dining (where possible) and adjusting my palate to the lighter, fresher flavours that go hand in hand with the rising mercury and my annual Spring health kick. I know I’m not alone and this week I wanted to share not only our range of fresh produce lines perfect for the next wave of salads and sides, but also show some support for our local growers and profile top quality produce that SG&S is currently sourcing from Greater Sydney/NSW based growers.  

SALAD LEAF LINES:

LOCAL PRODUCT: Hydroponic Mix

There are a number of reasons to enjoy hydro lettuce, probably the most obvious being it is free of chemical fertilisers and pesticides. It may not technically be classified as organic but many consider it pretty close. Essentially a mesclun mix made up of ¾ leaf sizes (rocket, baby spinach etc) it’s a great base for any salad.

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Source: Sydney/NSW

Supply:  good supply, all leaf lines performing well

 

LOCAL PRODUCT: Oak Lettuce (Red/Green)

For further information on Oak Lettuce characteristics and availability, please refer to our past blog on leaf lines- A Touch of Frost

Source: mostly NSW, however product is also sourced from VIC when required

Supply:  currently performing well- supply, quality and price all good

 

LOCAL PRODUCT: Cos Lettuce (Standard/Baby)

For more information on Cos Lettuce characteristics and availability, please refer to our past bulletin on leaf lines- A Touch of Frost

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Source: NSW

Supply:  Both Baby Cos and standard Cos are performing well, standard Cos is good quality and super cheap- making it one of our best buys this week. Meanwhile Baby Cos is fantastic eating

 

LOCAL PRODUCT: Chicory Leaf

Not to be confused with Witlof/Belgian Endive which is also sometimes referred to as Chicory, this leaf line boasts a stronger bitter flavour than witlof, with production peaking in the warmer months.

Source: NSW

Supply: good quality stock, with supply plentiful and therefore pricing well

 

LOCAL PRODUCT: Endive

For further information on Endive characteristics and availability, please refer to our past bulletin on leaf lines- A Touch of Frost

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Source: NSW

Supply: good quality stock, with supply plentiful and therefore pricing well

 

SALAD EXTRAS:

LOCAL PRODUCT: Spring Onions aka Salad Onions

Growing up my mother referred to Spring Onions as Salad Onions, their softer flavour and characteristics make the perfect for lighter dishes

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Source: NSW

Supply:  great buying at the moment, quality is fantastic and supply strong

SIDES:

LOCAL PRODUCT: Dutch Carrots & Baby Dutch Carrots

For more information on Dutch Carrots characteristics and availability, please refer to our past bulletin on baby veg – Life’s Little Treasures

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Source: NSW

Supply: lovely sweet carrots arriving at the markets- steady supply and good pricing

 

LOCAL PRODUCT: Silverbeet

The original Australian Spinach, not only is it great buying at the moment but full of nutrition and flavour

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Source: NSW

Supply:  One of our best buys this week Silverbeet is fantastic quality, great supply and priced accordingly

 

LOCAL PRODUCT: Cime de Rapa aka Rapini, Broccoli Rapa

A common cooking vegetable in Italy, the slightly bitter florets and leaves of Rapa make it worth adding to the shopping list as it goes beautifully

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Source: NSW

Supply:  featured on our ‘Something Different’ items this week Rapa is arriving in good quality and is reasonably supplied and priced at the moment

 

LOCAL PRODUCT: Field Mushrooms

Despite falling outside the usual peak period for mushrooms, most varieties are fantastic eating at the moment. For more information on mushroom characteristics, please refer to our past bulletin – Packed to the Gills

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Source: NSW

Supply:  Cup mushrooms in particular are fantastic buying and eating right now, however it is always hard to go past a magnificently meaty Portabello!

 

A: Our local farmers are doing us proud, currently supplying fantastic quality BERRIES- mulberries, blueberries, APPLES, ZUCCHINI FLOWERS- fruit attached, KALE, TUSCAN CABBAGE the list goes on. When it comes to serving up a stunning side you might want to consider our Asian greens which are almost entirely sourced from local farmers – chinese broccoli, bok choi, gai choy, choi sum to name a few. In terms of performance, the market is currently seeing good quality and price for Asian Greens, with the exception of Gai Choy which is in short supply?

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