BUYER’S GUIDE: 22nd – 28th May

 

The market overall is settling in for what looks to be a good winter season across both fruit and veggies. Citrus is in abundance, vegetable are in good supply and supply and demand is matching across the range... except for Tomatoes, which we will see back in play within the next 2 weeks. 

FRUIT:

No real shorts at all, Rockmelons, Strawberries and Raspberries still holding up in price, but no problems with supply.  Plenty to choose from including the imports- USA Cherries, Mexican Mangoes and NZ Gold Kiwi. Also, we will see the first of the USA grapes by middle of next month and with the change in import requirements, they will be cheaper and better quality than in the past!  Aussie Blood Oranges will be available beginning of June.

VEGIES:

Just a couple on the upper end of price, but no problems with supply: Broccoli, Red Capsicums (quality), Cucumbers, and Tomatoes (quality and price)!! All the colours are there, the quality is sound and priced to suit.

The cooler weather is affecting the edible flowers supply and limiting the range. On an exciting note, we should see the first of the Aussie Truffles by the second week of June if not earlier and the word is we could be in for our best season (quality wise) to date!!

BEST BUYS:

Fruit: Avocado (QLD) * Beurre Bosc Pears (VIC)  * Cherries (imported) * Grape – red seedless (VIC) * Watermelon – seedless (QLD)

Vegetable: Button Mushrooms (NSW) * Carrot – med/lge (TAS) * Cocktail Chat Potatoes (SA) * Green Beans (QLD) * Heirloom Tomatoes

SOMETHING DIFFERENT:

Fruit:  Gold Kiwifruit (Imp- NZ) * Tangello (QLD)

Vegetable: Baby Turnip (NSW) * Borlotti Bean (QLD) * French Radish (NSW) * Hawaiian Sweet Potato (QLD) * Morel Mushroom- fresh  (Imp) * Porcini Mushroom- fresh (Imp) * Purple Dutch Carrot (NSW) * Red Witlof (VIC)

NOT THIS WEEK:

Short Supply: Chestnut Mushroom * Raspberries (expensive ) * Yellow Oyster Mushrooms

Not Available: Blood Oranges * Purple Asparagus

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