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Our Fresh Produce Report

This report was updated on Wednesday 29th October 2014 for deliveries 3rd -  6th November 2014.

Deliveries Monday - Wednesday: Order by 4pm Friday for Priority Supply
Orders for Monday delivery accepted up until 6am Saturday
Orders for Tuesday/Wednesday delivery accepted up until 4pm Sunday
Deliveries Thursday: Order by 9.30am Monday
  • ...and as many of you know, the Sundowner Apples from Edwards turned into Lady Williams this week. Being one of the last varieties of apples to come off the trees they are often one of the last apples standing. Flavour is ok, a little tartish as you would expect...but the flesh is quite floury, which really makes for such an ordinary apple experience. So, from here on in, Apples are only for those who can't be without. Juicing Apples are literally bruised and battered with discoloured skins and some soreing...while Granny Smith, which should now be classified as a Juicer still holds its ground as there is always a demand for Grannies due to medicinal purposes. Keep in mind that Grannies are one of the only varieties of apples that secrete a protective layer on their own skin to prolong life. This slippery covering can be mistaken for waxing. Rest assured, the waxing of apples under the National Standard for Organic Production is not allowed. Granny Smith Skins are now arriving to us with some brown discoloration on the skin, this is called scolding and can't be helped. Gala Apples are also back on the list this week from Esperence Bay in Tassie...Don't get too excited, quality will be much the same as this week. 

  • Thinking about exciting...Summer fruits are starting to drizzle in this week. Woohoo ! Kensington Pride Mangoes from Sharmaine Kinbacher at TOP in NT are the first to hit the list. Not for the faint hearted - size relatively small fruit for $6.50 each. The price will come down over the next month or so when there is competition for the Sydney Market. Treat yourself this week ! The first of the Empress Cherries are looking like a very serious possibility for Monday from Chris Brooke - Kelly in Young....Chris is yet to firmly commit and will not do so until late Friday (Update - He confirmed...probably will not have the first of the Cherries here until at least Thursday/Friday - so not available this week, but definitley next week !). The first of the Cherry varieties is always Empress, which is a really small cherry.....but what the little fruit lack in size, they make up for in taste. The whisper is that this Cherry season is shaping up to be a good one. We have confirmed today with Green Gables that their farm is looking magnificent...a far cry from last season, when pretty much the entire summer crop was lost in a matter of hours during some horrific hot winds. Cherries are set to start late November, followed by Peaches and Apricots mid December and then Nectarines and Plums early 2015. Yikes, 2015 will be here before we know it. 

  • Peaches and Nectarines from Wattle Organics in Lake Boga, Victoria will be available Monday the 3rd. We have ummed and arrhhed about whether or not to offer the fruit on our site as the prices we are paying are so high...but have decided to let you make that decision. Fruit will be on the small and firm side.  

  •, please keep in mind that the majority of the fruit we do have available this week is made up of end of season Winter goodies which are really on their last legs....Pears were delayed in transport this week, but should arrive Friday....Remember to keep all Apples, Lemons, Kiwifruit, Grapefruit & Pears refrigerated or you will see them wrinkle before your eyes.

  • ...working out the seasonal boxes is sending us into a state of panic, considering our options are so limited. Please bare with us over the next few weeks, as seasonal boxes are light on fruit. The good news is...that it won't be long now...within the next 3 - 4 weeks we will see a Summer Fruit explosion !

  • Supply of Blueberries from Hilltop is slowing up this week and will finish within the next week or so. I'm sure you will all agree the berries have been magnificent this season. Back to $13.00 per punnet this week. Groome will be the next cab off the rank and will start within the month.

  • Pineaples, Hass Avocadoes, Cavendish Bananas, Honeydew Melon, Rhubarb and Seedless Watermelon have also been great. As have been the last of Pim's our amazement the season continues.

  • Cauliflower from Wiseman's will be a week bigger this week. So that's a week bigger than incy, lets say - tiny miny. As with each new Summer Cauliflower season we are always a little shocked with the colour and quality of the veg we receive following the glamour season of Gary & Kathy Harm. Summer Cauli's are usually quite a few shades from white and certainly not as pretty as the Cauli's we have been supplying you over the last few months...Know what to expect.

  • Jo's pick in the lettuce this week is Butter and Minuette, although he did say all varieties are looking great. Iceberg Lettuce firmly back on the list from Paul Cremona...thank goodness, the last few weeks have been so 'hit and miss'. A quick reminder that we do not 'strip back' our lettuce to make it look pretty for you. Essentially the outer leaves are protecting the inner leaves of the lettuce which should be removed just before using. If we did strip back the outer leaves, then the inner leaves become outer leaves making the lettuce smaller....

  • It's that time of the year again when QLD potatoes want to grow again because of the warmer weather...hence under the right conditions you may begin to see a potato developing a sprout. Simply flick them off. If you have the room store your spuds in your fridge to stop the sprout from developing.

  • Green Cabbage is kind of in the same boat, so some heads are clearly 'cone head'...this is because the veg is wanting to go to seed...essentially this involves the middle of the cabbage thickening and then opening at the top to release the seeds for the next crop....sometimes when this happens the inner leaves can develop in a strange formation. Don't let this put you off as the leaves themselves taste the same...

  • Sweet Potato is in extremely short is always the case when lines are limited, what may at another time of the year not make into a first grade box can slip right on in. The good news is that we will not be without this 'must have' item...but pieces may look a little rougher than you may expect....These marks are only skin deep.

  • The quality of the QLD Celery has been quite disappointing. Can I steer you away from Celery at the moment unless it is a 'must have' item. There are so many other fantastic veges available - Baby Lebanese Cucumber, Beans, Eggplant, Zucchini, Garden Peas, Snow Peas, Jap Pumpkin, Butternut Pumpkin, Kohl Rabi, Carrots, Lebanese Cucumber (now on grower special - heaps available), Kale - all varieties, Baby Veg Punnets, Silverbeet and Salad Mix.

  • Produce special this week is Mini Roma Cherry Tomatoes from Flipper in QLD - $4.90 per punnet.