BUYER’S GUIDE: 24th Jul – 30th Jul

With the market as erratic as the recent weather along the Eastern Seaboard, here is our guide to produce for this week:

FRUIT: Market Overview

  • Apples and Pears have stepped up in price, quality and supply no problems.
  • Navel Oranges, Grapefruit and Lemons all travelling well, limes holding, Mandarins have firmed due to changing varieties and weather.
  • Bananas are affected due to cold nights and wet weather in QLD. Sizing is medium to large.
  • Rockmelons & Honeydews are still in short supply and up in price for quality.  
  • QLD Strawberries have been affected by the weather. Supplies holding with some quality issues.
  • All Pineapples have been severely affected due the cold and wet weather, will be the same for the next few weeks.
  • Kiwifruits, Pawpaw & Papaya are good eating, well supplied and priced to suit.
  • USA cherries excellent quality and good buying
  • Figs are in short supply and expensive
  • For something different, Cumquats and Buddha hands
  • Dried Muscatels are at the end of the season NA

VEG: Market Overview

  • Broccoli, Cauliflowers, Iceberg & Cos on the buy list for the week. Quality and price, good to go!
  • Gourmet salads, Spinach, Rocket & Mesclun still on the watch list for the next few weeks. Supply limited and quality is ok, prices holding.
  • Green & Butter Beans are on the short list, quality is a problem.
  • Eggplant, Squash and Zucchini have been affected due to cold snaps and rain, will remain short for the next couple of weeks.
  • All pumpkin varieties on the increase.
  • All Spuds are in full swing- good buying and great quality.
  • Something Different- Broad & Borletti beans & Fennel!

BEST BUYS:

Fruit: Blood Oranges (QLD) *Cherries (Imp- US) * Corella Pears (VIC) * Kiwifruit – bulk (Imp- NZ) * Paw Paw – yellow (QLD)

Vegetable: Broad Beans (NSW) * Broccoli (QLD) * Cauliflower (QLD) * Fennel Bulb- large (VIC) * Iceberg Lettuce (QLD)

SOMETHING DIFFERENT:

Fruit: Buddha Hands (QLD) * Carambola- aka Starfruit (QLD)  * Cumquats (QLD) * Dragon Fruit- yellow  (QLD)  

Vegetable: Borlotti Bean (QLD) * Broad Beans (NSW) * Namenko Mushroom (NSW) * Red Witlof (VIC) * Radicchio Lettuce (NSW) * Russet Burbank Potatoes (TAS)

NOT THIS WEEK:

Short Supply: Chestnut Mushrooms * Pineapple (expensive) * Rockmelon

Not Available: Asparagus – jumbo * Butter Bean – yellow * Muscatel Grapes – dried

 

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