The very cold transition into winter means we are being hit with a double whammy. Firstly, all our veg has slowed up in the paddock, putting upward pressure on prices. Secondly, everyone starts cooking winter comfort food that you haven’t had for a while using all the hearty vegetables so more upward pressure.
In your box this week:
Pome Fruits – Still awesome to the CORE are Josephine pears from the Goulburn Valley and Pink Lady apples from Batlow.
Bananas – The weather since March has not been very APPEALING for bananas and prices are staying high.
Pineapples – These are sweet and yum. I know the weather doesn’t lend itself to tropical pineapple but these pines are delicious. I burnt my mouth on a hot tea and was fearful when tasting the pineapple the acidity levels would be too much but it wasn’t an issue. Winter pineapples are grown on the Sunshine Coast is renowned as Australia’s traditional pineapple-growing territory. Did you ever visit the ‘Big Pineapple’ at Nambour?
Oranges – Oranges are loving the weather as cold night-time temperatures cause citrus to develop its deep orange colour. The eating quality will improve each week.
Tomatoes – Here today, gone TOMATO! The Stanthorpe season finished abruptly due to minus temperatures and the new season from North Queensland commences mid-June so tomatoes are very short and priced at a premium as the supply shifts between regions.
Capsicum – supplies are increasing with better colour and a little less expensive.
Cucumber – We just have to DILL with the higher prices for cucumber over winter.
it’s common for the price of cucumbers to soar at this time of year and they did exactly that – mostly due to the cold snap. You will notice there aren’t many in your boxes this week, and it will probably stay like that until we move into spring. But remember if you want more, you can always add more to your box in extras.
Broccoli + Broccolini – Holy BROC-a-moly! Broccoli stayed in price due to the cold and broccolini was again good value so back in your box.
Celery – fantastic value from Victoria as winter celery is at its peak. At this time of year, celery is a regular addition to stocks and the starting point for so many soups, sauces, stews and casseroles when sautéed with onion and carrot – the holy trinity of vegetables known as a mirepoix in French and soffrito in Italian. This trio add a depth of flavour to any dish it touches.
Corn – Queensland is the only region growing corn over the winter season and crops are gathering momentum and offered better value than other veggies this week.
Grower’s Limelight Your grower is Rob Hinrichsen in the Fassifern Valley, south-west of Brisbane. Rob has been growing vegetables for the past 30 years and remembers rugging up as a kid to help his parents pick potatoes and other vegetables to send to market in hessian bags on an open truck. Modern farming has come a long way and Rob’s farm operation is leading the charge in on-farm and post-harvest innovation. He was named AUSVEG Grower of the Year in 2017 and has a passion for soil health and composting. Rob believes the healthier the soil, the healthier the crops.
Sweet Potato + Pumpkin – supplies of sweet potatoes and pumpkins are increasing just in time for soup and stew season and are fantastic value.
Snow Peas – Queensland season has started and whilst high in price it gave you’re a different option to beans which are also high. Grown in Bundaberg by the Cross family who have been growing produce for over 20 years.
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