BUYER’S GUIDE: 18th Sept – 24th Sept

MARKET SUMMARY: Fruit

The Buy list: Delicious apples, Pink Lady Apples, Bananas, Blueberries, Grapefruit Ruby, Honeydews, Kiwifruit, Mandarins, Nashi, Beurre Bosc & Packham Pears, Blood Oranges, Navel Oranges, Red Papaya, Pineapples, Rockmelons, Rhubarb, QLD Strawberries, Watermelons: Seedless and Longs.  

The Watch List: Import Grapes (Quality), Figs (PRICE), Lime (Price), Passionfruit (Price). 

Market Insights: NZ Hass Avocadoes are on market, it is early but they are on market and for sale. Bananas- prices easing and quality is on the rise with the warmer weather. The quality of all Melons has increased- good eating and prices have eased. NT Mango season is on- good supply, good quality and eating 8/10. Imported (China) Nashi Pears on market for sale. Early season “Peaches & Nectarines” are on market but nothing special- eating quality, 6/10, on hold as a buy.

MARKET SUMMARY: Vegetables

The Buy list: New Season Aussie Asparagus- Thin, Medium & Jumbo, white in 2 weeks. Broad Beans- peaking now and well priced. Hand Picked Green Beans- excellent quality, very tender and priced to suit. Carrots, Celeriac, Chicory, Chinese Cabbage, Eggplant, Fennel Large and Baby, Leeks, Cos, Baby Cos & Iceberg Lettuce, Button Mushrooms, Snow & Snap Peas, Gourmet Salad Lines, Silverbeet, Gold Squash, Rapi, Swedes, Sweet Corn, Sweet Potatoes and Spuds and Onions. 

The Watch List: Red Capsicums (Very short supply, PRICE), Brussels Sprouts (Supply is back on with varying quality), Ouch!!! Tomatoes (PRICE & Supply), Jarrahdale Pumpkin (Price). 

Market Insights: Red Capsicums and tomatoes are in very short supply, quality is sound but pricing….don’t ask! Jarrahdale Pumpkin is in short supply with Jap on the increase as well. Butternut pumpkin holding. Edible flowers are in season, full range available; however notice needed to fill larger orders. Asian leaf veg in good supply, same with locally grown herbs. 

BEST BUYS:

Fruit: Blueberries (NSW) * Mandarin (QLD) * Packham Pears- green (VIC) * Pineapple (QLD) * Seedless Watermelon (NT)

Vegetable: Broad Beans (NSW) * Leek – large (SA) * Portabello Mushroom (SA) * Spring Onions (QLD) * Sweet Potato – large (QLD)  

SOMETHING DIFFERENT:

Fruit: Aussie Mangoes (New Season– NT) * Cumquats (QLD) *  Pomegranate (Imported)

Vegetable: Cime de Rapa (NSW) * Idaho Potato – foil wrapped (SA) * Lettuce- Purslane (NSW) * Lettuce- Rocquette (NSW) * Purple Garlic (Imported) * Sorrel- red vein (VIC)

Other: Edible Flowers (NSW/VIC)

NOT THIS WEEK:

Not Available: Dragon Fruit * Fuji Fruit * Guava * Beef Oxheart tomatoes * Heirloom tomatoes

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