FRESH LOCAL PRODUCE MARKET REPORT 05.12.17
FRESH PRODUCE MARKET REPORT
Its rained, its poured, it’s flooded! Some seriously bad weather has disrupted what looked like an awesome run into the festive season! Some farmers have lost the lot and some are recording 80% wastage. It’s not all doom and gloom, it’s just important to be informed and buy smart in the next few weeks!
Read my report below to find out whats best and what produce may not recover in time for Xmas!
In general anything from Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania are going to be weather affected, meaning produce from QLD or locally grown produce (NSW) will be the best pick!
VEGGIES to buy
Truss tomatoes – Great supply of both regular truss and cherry truss! Taste, quality and value are good!
Beetroots – Locally grown so it is a good option this week!
Cauli – Supply seems to be good, even though some caulis were coming out of Vic.
Cos Lettuce – Grown locally so its the pick of the lettuces this week!
Sweet Potato – Value and quality is great, coming from North Queensland
Cucumbers – All cucumbers are still very good value, however a little less fruit in the market to start the week, expect prices to firm soon.
BEST VEG AND SALAD LINES
Beetroots (bunches and loose), Cabbages, Carrots, Cauliflower, Heirlooms Dutch (Mixed Colours), Tomatoes (Cherry truss and truss), Cos Lettuce, Kale, Potatoes (Baby Chat and Kipfler), Pumpkin, Sweet Potato, Zucchinis.
VEG AND SALAD LINES TO WATCH (BUY WITH CAUTION)
Broccoli and Iceberg Lettuce – These two seem to be volatile this week, broccoli especially has already jumped quickly as the good quality Broc was coming from Victoria, following the rain there is now a shortage in supply forcing prices up. Iceberg is expected to follow soon.
FRUITS to buy
Berries – It’s a mixed basket, fruit from QLD is the best, however, there isn’t much, fruit from Victoria is weather affected and farmers are reporting wastage of up to 80%, our suggestion is to buy with caution and choose wisely. Spending an extra couple of dollars will probably result in them lasting a few extra days!
Strawberries – If you need them in your life, pay for premium berries, anything cheap will be rain affected. Xmas time will be interesting because lots of crops will have a lower yield or they may be gone for the season. Blueberries, Raspberries and Blackberries may be a better option.
Blueberries – Fruit is coming from QLD, fruit is very good, however, prices are firming as demand has increased for QLD berries.
Blackberries and Raspberries – Quality has improved, prices remain firm.
Mangoes – Mangoes are fantastic and are expected to stay in good supply over the festive season! Jump on mangoes!
Peaches and Nectarines – There hasn’t been much fruit to start the week, as Southern farmers are waiting for trees and fruit to dry out before picking and sending. Fruit will be weather affected over the coming week or so, however, supply is expected to recover for Xmas.
Rockmelon – Supply has improved this week, some fruit has the odd skin marks, the fruit is cutting and eating well! So if you have missed your melons, jump on these.
FRUITS TO WATCH (AVOID BUYING or BUY WITH CAUTION)
Cherries – The situation is best described as diabolical! Crops are wiped out, we will monitor over the coming weeks, however, the fruit has already doubled in price. Hopefully, it will recover for Xmas, although the verdict is not likely.
Spare a thought for the farmers, unfortunately some of them have had a very short season.
Watermelon – Prices are firm, Quality is AVERAGE
SEAFOOD AND MEAT MARKETS
Seafood and Fish – Some beautiful Goldband snapper is hitting the auctions this week, we have picked it as fish of the week! Everyone loves some snapper, 2 fillets only $14.95
Poultry – Free range chicken breast and Tenderloin remain great value, Real Free Range breasts only $14 p/kg
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