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Market Report November 27th 2019

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Fresh market update: Wednesday 27th November - Tuesday 3rd December 2019

Spring Has Sprung

It's time to enjoy the fresh, juicy and delicious fruit and vegetables that arrive in abundance at this time of year.

Great News

For stone fruit lovers, our local stone fruit is looking and tasting better as each day goes by. White and yellow Peaches and Nectarine are currently great value. Apricots from Lake Boga in 5kg trays are perfect eating this week and we have also seen the start of plums coming into the market this week but we would recommend holding off for another week as appearance and taste isn’t quite up to standard. Now is the perfect time to be purchasing all stone fruit, just in time for the warmer weather.

Finishing up

Over this last week, we have seen Mandarins and brown Pears finish for the season. Packham Pears, Corella and Nashi pears are all still available to purchase and along with citrus, Valencia oranges are still going strong. If you’re looking for a great alternative we recommend our local stone fruit which is improving by the day.

Seasonal Challenges

This time of the year we start to experience some challenges within our industry.

Avocados

Supply is beginning to become difficult which is resulting in pricing starting to firm and limited sizing is available to choose from. We are currently sourcing our supply between W.A and NZ fruit.

Tomatoes

This week is the last major week of supply of Queensland fruit and with limited South Australia fruit arriving for the next few weeks prices will start to rise once Queensland has completely finished.

Pineapples

Fire has devastated three major producers of pineapples from Yeppoon and Glass House Mountains. This will have big effects in coming weeks and months ahead.

Kiwi Fruit

Has become scarce due to the gap between Australia starting and New Zealand kiwifruit coming to an end.

Strawberry - Lettuce - Silverbeet

The recent hail storms we experienced throughout Victoria has affect all crops. We will see pricing firm for the next few weeks until new crops are ready to harvest.

Supplier Profile - SORACE STRAWBERRIES

This week we continue with featuring one of our growers that we buy direct from.

Vince’s parents started growing Strawberries on their local farm in 1972. Now Vince and his wife Anita farm around 12 hectares near Silvan at the foot of Mount Dandenong, 45km east of Melbourne. Their farm is in an ideal location, with over 85% of Victorian Strawberries grown in this location. Last year Sorace Strawberries produced around 1.3 million punnets of the ever popular variety “The Albion”, which is a sweet variety and presents very well. Victorian strawberries normally last 7 months of the year, running from November to May.
JL King & Co. has supported Vince and his family for over 20 years.

Visit Sorace Strawberries website here

Weekly Specials

Available until Tuesday December 3rd, 2019.

Produce Price

Sweet Corn

$0.75/each

Celery

$1.75/each

Banana

$1.90/kg

Tomatoes

$2.60/kg

Oranges - 3kg

$2.80/bag

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.