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Market Report November 20th 2019

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Fresh market update: Wednesday 20th November - Tuesday 26th November 2019

Spring Has Sprung

This time of the year there are so many different varieties of fruit in season and tasting great.

Weather Damage

A couple of states last week experienced some severe weather and devastating fires.
Asparagus, Lettuce, and Silverbeet are the main produce affected in Victoria after they copped a severe hail storm which affected the growing farms.
In Queensland, fire up around the Yeppoon township has destroyed three major farms that supply our Pineapples at this time of the year. So we expect to see a shortage for the coming months.

Change Over Time

The Queensland season is officially over in several of our main lines. The following produce has all but finished:

  • Red and Green Capsicums
  • Eggplant
  • Gourmet Tomatoes
  • Button Squash

We will now make the change and start getting our supply from South Australia and Victoria, the benefit of this means the produce is picked one day and in the market the next which results in even fresher produce.
We have also seen the last of the New Zealand Kiwi Fruit so we are now purchasing Italian fruit.

Time to Buy

One of the delights of late spring / early summer is without a doubt Australian grown Cherries. Adored for their luscious texture, sweet tangy flavour, not to mention their glossy looks, cherries can be firm or soft fleshed and vary in sweetness depending on the variety.

Early season cherries tend to be softer eating and delicately flavoured.

Produce Update

Over the past month we have seen major price rises in these three products:

  • Potatoes - are now new season so we are seeing premium quality, we expect to see more volume entering the market in the coming weeks.
  • Onions - are coming out of Queensland which unfortunately we have seen a shortage mainly due to the drought conditions we are experiencing. We are expecting produce from Hay and Gatton in the coming weeks to help with the volume shortage.
  • Pumpkins - is the latest vegetable to show signs of lack of water in the growing areas, meaning a lower than expected yield, so prices will reflect this.

Supporting Local Growers

JL King & Co. wherever possible, purchase as much produce direct from the local farmer. This leads to getting the freshest possible produce daily.

Some of the local farmers we support include:

B & B BASIL - Micro Herbs
MARK WOOD APPLES - Harcourt apples supplied all year round.
BARNADOWNS PRODUCE - Cherry and Truss Tomatoes.

We also get produce out of the Swan Hill area, fresh Australian Garlic and green Zucchini.

Weekly Specials

Available until Tuesday November 26th, 2019.

Produce Price

White & Yellow Nectarines


Strawberries - Small


Carrots - 1kg PrePacked


Salad Onions


Truss Tomatoes Tray - 5kg


Online ordering now available. Whilst every care is taken in the preparation of this report, prices and supply can change due to market fluctuations and availability.