Brisbane Market Report 129
Queensland produce takes centre stage as spring hits the Brisbane Produce Market this week, with North Queensland entering its peak production period and the Lockyer Valley continuing its bumper season of vegies. We’re seeing strong supplies of passionfruit, pineapple, navel oranges, and North Queensland-grown papaya, honeydew and rockmelon. You may be surprised to spot peaches back on the shelves — they’re the yellow-flesh variety coming out of Childers in central Queensland. Strawberries from the Sunshine Coast continue to be a star performer, although supplies ar..
Brisbane Market Report 128
A chilly end to August means we’re seeing slightly less volume through the Brisbane Produce Market, but supplies will bounce back once spring arrives. Rockmelons from North Queensland are at their best at the moment, as are strawberries from the Sunshine Coast. In fact, strawberries are in oversupply, so stock up and make tarts, sorbets, purées, or another of our favourites, the Eton Mess. One of England’s best loved and simplest desserts, it combines sliced strawberries with whipped cream and crumbled meringues. We have good supplies of Hass avocados, as well as b..
Brisbane Market Report 127
North Queensland is producing many of our stand-out fruit and vegies this week, including Mareeba-grown limes and passionfruit, Daintree-grown watermelon, and pineapple. One of our favourites from up north, bananas, might have a duller skin at the moment but don’t let this put you off. In fact, bananas are sweeter during winter because they hang on the tree for up to 20 weeks (in summer, they only hang for about eight weeks). Kensington Pride mangoes are starting to arrive from the Northern Territory; also keep an eye out for green mango varieties like Fa Lan, Keo Savoy, Nam Do..
Brisbane Market Report 126
Warm days and cool nights continue to provide the perfect growing conditions for veggies, with an excellent range of seasonal favourites on the shelves this week. The fruit of the moment is undoubtedly the Queensland-grown strawberries from Chambers Flat and Caboolture. At the peak of their season in August, the strawberries we’re seeing are excellent eating. Avocados and lemons are also in good supply. Supplies of bananas are steady, but prices are firming slightly. Oranges and mandarins are in shorter supply than usual due to a large export demand. Limes from Atherton i..
Brisbane Market Report 125
Just as bitterly cold temperatures might cause us to long for spring, many produce lines are also protesting, with slower growth rates meaning reduced supplies. In fruit, banana production has slowed due to cold weather and prices will rise accordingly. Expect banana skins to go black more quickly due to dehydration and burn from the cold. Raspberries are in short supply and will be hard to find, while Granny Smith apples and smaller sized pre-packed apples are also becoming more expensive. Good buys this week include honeydew melon, lemons, limes, oranges, passionfruit, wint..
Brisbane Market Report 124
Boonah is one of the stand-out growing regions this week, supplying an abundance of vegetables including beetroot, cabbage, kale, and silverbeet to the Brisbane Produce Market. In fruit, citrus continue to enjoy a great season, with strong supplies of Mareeba-gown limes, tangelos, Victorian-grown Imperial mandarins, and Queensland-grown ruby grapefruit. Other market favourites this week include honeydew and rockmelons from Gumlu, red papaya from Dimbulah, all varieties of pears, and local pineapple. Local strawberries are a consistent performer in the cooler weather. Raspberry ..
Brisbane Market Report 123
With glorious winter growing conditions, the local vegetable season is in full swing and this means fantastic quality and prices across much of our produce this week. In fruit, stand-outs include Bundaberg-grown passionfruit, Queensland pomegranates, all pear varieties, local strawberries and cumquats. New Zealand-grown kiwi fruit is also in in good supply and makes excellent eating. In citrus, look for lemons from the southern states and different varieties of mandarins including Daisy, Taylor Lee, Hickson, Murcott, Amigo, and Red Imperial — it’s slightly sweeter than..
Brisbane Market Report 122
Cold temperatures across the country are having an impact on the amount of produce arriving at the Brisbane Produce Market this week. While quality remains high, prices of some fruits and vegetables are tightening as a result. In fruit, we’ve got good supplies of avocados, pear, pineapple, and one of our current winter highlights, the Navel orange. Blueberries are great quality, and the Caboolture-grown strawberries continue to thrive in Queensland’s dry conditions. Paw paw from North Queensland makes a nice addition to your winter breakfast, although supplies are low...
Brisbane Market Report 121
With the combination of cool weather, shorter days, and school holidays, now’s a great time to be in the kitchen near a warm stove serving up classic winter recipes. With new season apples being released from growers’ storage, apple pies and crumbles should be on the menu. Be prepared for higher prices though, with apple production down 30% on last year. Snack on pineapple, watermelon, and rockmelon, as well as early season strawberries — one of the best local performers. Blueberries from New South Wales are starting to return to the shelves. New Zealand grown..
Brisbane Market Report 120
Growing conditions are slowing in Queensland this week, so local supply of vegetables to the Brisbane Produce Market have eased. But there’s still plenty of good eating and buying from around the country, including an abundance of that Aussie favourite, the Hass avocado. After an avo drought at the beginning of the year, the market is now flooded with them — time to serve up liberal amounts of toasted avo. We’re big fans of strawberries from the Sunshine Coast and their quality and price are difficult to beat. In other fruit, kiwi, lemons, limes, pears, Navel ora..
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