Brisbane Market Report 109
The weather has been kinder to local growers of late, so it’s almost entirely good news at the Brisbane Produce Market this week. Arriving from Stanthorpe are apples of every variety including Red Delicious, Gala and Fuji. Also keep an eye out for a variety you may not have heard of — Kanzi. Originally developed in Belgium, the sweet and crunchy Kanzi is a cross between the Braeburn and Gala varieties. Pink Lady apples are still on the pricey side, but that will change once the new season kicks in. From Gayndah, we’re seeing grapefruit and new season mandarins, w..
Brisbane Market Report 108
It might be the middle of March, but our long summer means stone fruits are great buying at the Brisbane Produce Market this week. All varieties of plums are good quality and well-priced, as are nectarines (despite their lighter colour). Keep an eye out for the pale yellow skin and firm flesh of Golden Queen peaches, which peak at this time of year. They often take longer to ripen, so store peaches in a paper bag at room temperature if you’d like to speed up the process. Although traditionally a bottling peach used for preserves, Golden Queen peaches make a delicious snack and the..
Brisbane Market Report 107
Grapes, pears and limes are enjoying a strong season, along with Fuji, Gala and Red Delicious apples from Stanthorpe and Batlow. Plums are the best of the stone fruit, with their season expecting to continue until the end of April. After recent fluctuations in price and availability, bananas, lemons, avocados and watermelons are all in good supply this week. The only fruits struggling this week are the very sensitive strawberries — they’re struggling with the wind, rain, and heat. You might have seen the gorgeous purple-skinned mangosteen in the markets of South-East As..
Brisbane Market Report 106
While it might not feel like Autumn just yet, we’re seeing a few of our new season favourites arrive at the Brisbane Produce Market. William pears, Thompson seedless grapes and Stanthorpe-grown Red Delicious apples are featuring prominently on the shelves. Citrus fruits are starting to make an appearance, including Australian Valencia oranges, lemons, and Queensland-grown limes. We reckon that means it’s time to don the baking apron and whip up lemon curd for tarts (and toast!), or a zesty lime and coconut cake. Also looking good this week are locally grown pineapples, Fu..
Brisbane Market Report 105
Extreme weather conditions continue to loom large over the Brisbane Produce Market this week. Extensive rain in tropical North Queensland and hot temperatures across the country have affected supplies of bananas, berries, beans, celery, corn, lettuce, herbs, and zucchini. So what’s the good news? Melons are still excellent quality, while grapes and figs continue their bumper run. For apples, we have new season Red Delicious and Gala varieties as well as Pink Lady and Granny Smith, but these are tart tasting. Save the Granny Smiths for cooking, or wait two more weeks for the ..
Brisbane Market Report 104
Welcome to the Year of the Dog! After celebrating Chinese New Year at the Brisbane Produce Market, we’re seeing diminished supplies of Asian vegetables such as bok choy, choy sum, coriander, enoki mushrooms, and oyster mushrooms. So popular was wombok cabbage that prices increased as much as 400% on previous weeks! Also in low supply are heat-affected broccoli, beans, spinach, lettuce, herbs, and cauliflower. That might seem like a long list, but we’ve got plenty of well-priced alternatives for your dinner plate this week: carrots, potatoes, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, c..
Brisbane Market Report 103
Despite the consistently hot temperatures across the state, it’s a time of transition for some of our fresh produce. This week we’ve begun farewelling a few summer favourites this week, including blueberries, menindee grapes, and Australian-grown apricots. Avocados are at a cross-point in the season, with shephard avos starting to come through at a cheaper price than hass. The pineapple season in Bundaberg is also winding down, so supplies will be lower until the Sunshine Coast crop starts. As one season ends, another begins and we are excited to see the start of th..
Brisbane Market Report 102
With a welcome cool change across the state, we’re seeing many long-suffering vegies bounce back this week at the Brisbane Produce Market. Herbs, broccoli, lettuce, and other salad leaves are all in recovery mode and supplies are up. Other vegies hitting their peak are squash, the fibre-rich cousin of the pumpkin, and Stanthorpe- and Shepparton-grown tomatoes. Also in plentiful supply are carrots, beetroot, eggplant, continental cucumber, and Aussie-grown garlic. Still feeling the heat are spinach, spring onions and beans, while capsicums, mushrooms and cabbage are expensive..
Brisbane Market Report 101
Heatwaves in Victoria and South Australia, the avocado shortage, and the glut of pineapples have all been making headlines around the country this week. But for a good news story at the Brisbane Produce Market, we have a word for you: stonefruit. Your Local Fruit Shop owners’ shelves are heaving with top quality peaches, plums and nectarines, particularly the white varieties known as Majestic Pearl and Fire Pearl. Now’s the time to buy up big and use any excess in compotes, upside-down cakes, crumbles, and jams. Look for plump, fragrant, and richly coloured fruit that gives ..
Brisbane Market Report 100
As parents all over Queensland celebrate school returning, we understand that the task of preparing kids’ lunch boxes may not be quite as joyful. The Brisbane Produce Market has your back, with a huge supply of snackable fruit that’s perfect for busy kids. Stonefruit continue to shine, with yellow and white nectarines and peaches offering great flavour and value. Plums are also in good supply, while we’re seeing excellent-quality apricots arriving from Tasmania. Vitamin C-packed cherries, blueberries and strawberries are in good supply and make ideal snacks for l..
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