BUYER’S GUIDE: 14th Aug – 20th Aug

MARKET SUMMARY: Fruit

The Buy list: Apples, Bananas, Blueberries, Ruby Grapefruit, Kiwifruit, Mandarins, Oranges, All Pears, Blood Oranges, Papaw, Passionfruit, Pineapples & Strawberries.

The Watch List: Honeydews, Seedless Watermelons, Papaya & Figs. 

Market Insights: USA Cherries coming to an end this week, as are Australian Grapes- quality is ok on both without being remarkable. Seedless New Season USA Red, Black & White Grapes are available with pricing back this week, more of the same in coming weeks. Figs are available but limited in supply and expensive.

Honeydews are very short and will stay this way for the next 4 weeks, quality Seedless Watermelons are expensive and size is medium. Red Papaya has shot up this week, the good news is there is ample supply of Pawpaw which is well priced to cover.

Rockmelons, Pineapples and Papaw best subs for Honeydews and Seedless Watermelons.

MARKET SUMMARY: Vegetables

The Buy list: Beetroot, Brussels Sprouts, Carrots, Celery, Chicory, Chinese Leaf Veg, Leeks, All Gourmet Salad Mix, Swedes, Gold Sweet Potatoes, All Spuds Red, White & Gourmet, Salad Onions and Green Zucchini.

The Watch List: Green Beans, Broccoli, Red Capsicums, Sweet Corn and all Tomatoes.

Market Insights: New Season Australian Asparagus is just a few weeks away, by early September we should see the first arrivals. Meanwhile the Australian Truffle season is in its closing stages. We are still feeling the effect of past poor weather with Broccoli, Red Capsicums and good quality Tomatoes in short supply and in the high dollar zone. All quality Tomatoes will stay this way for the next 2 weeks, Green Beans, Broccoli, Red Capsicums and Sweet Corn will drift back by early next week.

The quality of the best buy lines are excellent, priced to suit with good colour range. 

BEST BUYS:

Fruit: Blueberries (NSW) *Kiwifruit (NZ) * Mandarin (QLD) * Pawpaw- yellow (QLD) * Strawberries- large (QLD) 

Vegetable: Beetroot-large (QLD) * Brussel Sprouts (VIC) * Celeriac (VIC) * Chat Potatoes- desiree (SA) * Zucchini- green (QLD)

SOMETHING DIFFERENT:

Fruit: Apples- royal gala (NSW) * Beurre Bosc Pears (VIC) * Blood Oranges (QLD) * Cumquats (QLD) * Grapes – red seedless (USA) * Honey Pears (VIC) * Strawberries – VIP (QLD)

Vegetable: Chicory (NSW) * Okra (NT) * Tuscan Cabbage (NSW)

NOT THIS WEEK:

Short Supply: Vine Sweet Baby Capsicum * Zucchini Flowers

Short Supply & Expensive: Honeydew * Sweetcorn

Not Available: Dragonfruit * Finger Fennel

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