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Spring is here and my favourite part is watching the blossoms develop in the stonefruit orchards.  It means we are a lit...
08/09/2022

Spring is here and my favourite part is watching the blossoms develop in the stonefruit orchards. It means we are a little bit closer to peach, nectarine and cherry season. Can you pick a favourite stonefruit?

This week’s top picks ❤❤ Broccoli – supply and price has improved.  With other veggies prices decreasing broccoli is not...
06/09/2022

This week’s top picks ❤
❤ Broccoli – supply and price has improved. With other veggies prices decreasing broccoli is not able to demand high prices
❤ Corn – great supply coming out of Queensland. Last week was good, but this week is better!
❤ Strawberries - abundance of delicious red strawberries. Grab a few punnets and this will help out the growers who had a really tough start to the season
❤ Leafy Greens – local leafy greens have improved in supply, quality and price. I’ve been able to put some gorgeous English Spinach and bunch rocket in the boxes. It has been a long wait!
❤ Zucchini – cheapest I have seen zucchini’s all year. Great value.

Be wary 🖤
🖤 Cucumber – a bout of warmer weather has brought on the crop and price eased a little but unfortunately the cold has returned and they are still commanding high prices.
🖤Tomatoes – still not enough supply around. Romas and truss tomatoes prices are still high, field the better value.
🖤Capsicum – still behind their Queensland counterparts and until supply increases prices are still high. Green is better value.
🖤 Bananas – a cold start to winter delayed growth and stalled supply. Not expensive but just a little more than usual.
🖤 Blueberries – the export market is high for blueberries at the moment so not a lot of supply for the domestic market. Buy strawberries instead.

03/09/2022
Fri-yay fun 🤪
02/09/2022

Fri-yay fun 🤪

It's bean tough lately with the cost of veggies but there's grape news! Prices are on the way down.  After weeks of lite...
01/09/2022

It's bean tough lately with the cost of veggies but there's grape news! Prices are on the way down. After weeks of literally no supply, it was sooo good to add green leafy veggies to the boxes; iceberg, wombok, kale, Asian greens, rocket, cavolo nero. Sugar snaps peas and snow peas are also down from record prices.

Meet Davey and Nick who are supplying your current offering of pink lady and bravo apples grown on Androssan's pristine ...
31/08/2022

Meet Davey and Nick who are supplying your current offering of pink lady and bravo apples grown on Androssan's pristine alpine orchard in Batlow. Davey's grandfather purchased the orchard in 1956 and has grown to four orchards growing several varieties of apples. You can see Davey's grandfather (on the left) in the black and white photo behind.

Fri-yay fun 🤪
26/08/2022

Fri-yay fun 🤪

❤This week’s top 5 picks ❤👍 Iceberg - QLD growers are back to full production levels.  The $10 iceberg is a distant memo...
24/08/2022

❤This week’s top 5 picks ❤
👍 Iceberg - QLD growers are back to full production levels. The $10 iceberg is a distant memory.
👍 Snow Peas - are being picked in good numbers and price has skydived.
👍 Beans - the first pickings of the new QLD crop have arrived and the price is half of what it was last week.
👍 Strawberries - a delayed start to the season but we now have ideal growing conditions. Masses of beautiful, delicious strawberries are heading to market.
👍 Baby Bok Choy – sunny days has improved the quality and pricing is the best I have seen for the last few months.

🖤 This week’s bottom 5 picks 🖤
👎 Cucumber – very expensive as planting was delayed due to recent rain and overnight temperatures remain cold.
👎 Red Capsicums - became suddenly scarce. Green and yellow are better value..
👎 Cabbages - still at record high prices as the crop was badly affected from flooding in NSW + QLD.
👎 Celery - rain in Victoria has hampered picking and less supply around.
👎 Corn - still expensive. Supply is picking up so shouldn't be too long before price drops.

Berry good news!  The current weather conditions on the sunshine coast are ideal for strawberry growing so we can look f...
21/08/2022

Berry good news! The current weather conditions on the sunshine coast are ideal for strawberry growing so we can look forward to seeing strawberries in abundance soon 🍓❤️
Strawberry production has been slow this year and we haven’t hit the peak yet as we normally would.
Our early wet weather severely dampened production;
🍓 The planting window of strawberry plants was pushed back significantly by the rain.
🍓 Regular bouts of rain has kept the bees away, causing a big drop in fruit supply.
🍓 Significantly colder temperatures going into winter, with fewer dry sunny days has impacted the volume of berries.

These tiny fragrant blossoms herald the arrival of my favourite time of the year - mango season!  These tiny flowers wil...
20/08/2022

These tiny fragrant blossoms herald the arrival of my favourite time of the year - mango season! These tiny flowers will soon become tasty mangoes. It takes between 100 to 150 days for these flowers to grow into a mature, ripe mango ready to enjoy. Who else is looking forward to mango season?

The amazing sunrises I see help outweigh the early market starts.
19/08/2022

The amazing sunrises I see help outweigh the early market starts.

Did you recognise the burgundy apple in your boxes this week?  It was a Bravo apple.  They are naturally high in bio-act...
05/08/2022

Did you recognise the burgundy apple in your boxes this week? It was a Bravo apple.
They are naturally high in bio-active flavonoid anthocyanin, which gives them their beautiful deep burgundy colour.
Thanks to this high level of flavonoids, they are really slow to brown - taking hours if not days! So you can slice your apples ahead of time and enjoy them later. Perfect for school lunchboxes and grazing platters.
It’s a relatively new apple and was developed in WA and is a result of a cross between Royal Gala and Cripps Red apple variety. They are increasing in popularity with this season’s harvest up 30% on last year.
Did you like them?

Countdown is on!  Today marks 4 weeks left of winter.  Are you like me and waiting for spring or do you love winter?
01/08/2022

Countdown is on! Today marks 4 weeks left of winter. Are you like me and waiting for spring or do you love winter?

I appreciate how hard our farmers work to grow produce of the highest calibre. Queensland has been experiencing colder t...
16/07/2022

I appreciate how hard our farmers work to grow produce of the highest calibre. Queensland has been experiencing colder temperatures than usual with widespread frost. These frost fans have been deployed to mitigate any frost damage to their citrus.

Do you agree?  Is pineapple the best looking fruit?
15/07/2022

Do you agree? Is pineapple the best looking fruit?

I never thought I would be posting a photo of a dugong in relation to fruit and veggies but the cost of lettuce is even ...
10/07/2022

I never thought I would be posting a photo of a dugong in relation to fruit and veggies but the cost of lettuce is even affecting our resident dugong, Pig at Sydney Aquarium.
Dugongs eat sea grass in the wild and the closest match to that is cos lettuce. Pig adores cos lettuce and eats about 30kg every day.
So spare a thought for Sydney Aquarium’s lettuce bill; at the start of the year it was $7200 a month but in June they spent $18,000!

After months of wet conditions our farms in NSW and QLD were only just starting to dry out.  Now with this week’s heavy ...
05/07/2022

After months of wet conditions our farms in NSW and QLD were only just starting to dry out. Now with this week’s heavy rain and flooding our farmers are now facing another round of crop losses. My thoughts are with the farmers as endure another clean up and wait for waters to subside, paddocks to dry up, regenerate the soil and plant another crop for our spring or summer season all without significant income.
I will continue to support these farmers as they work to get back on their feet by buying their produce where I can. So if your produce is a little smaller, a little duller or not quite up to my usual quality, remember that we need to support those who grow our food.

Cara Cara Oranges Prove It’s What’s on the Inside That CountsI’m a big fan of Cara Cara oranges and their season has jus...
03/07/2022

Cara Cara Oranges Prove It’s What’s on the Inside That Counts
I’m a big fan of Cara Cara oranges and their season has just started so no guesses that they will be in the boxes this week.
These gorgeous citruses have a typical bright-skinned navel orange appearance from the outside but cut them open and you’ll find a distinct pinkish-red and orange flesh. This pink shade is caused by the presence of lycopene, the same antioxidant that gives tomatoes their red colour.
It's not just their beautiful colour that makes them stand out; they also differ in flavour. Compared to traditional navels, Cara Cara’s are less acidic, slightly tangy and have a sweet, "berry-like" flavour.
And if that's not enough, they're also seedless. They're a cross between two navels and were first discovered in the mid-70s in Venezuela and were introduced into Australia a few years ago.

Award winning roma tomatoes in your boxes this week. First prize at the annual Bowen agricultural show. Always aiming to...
29/06/2022

Award winning roma tomatoes in your boxes this week. First prize at the annual Bowen agricultural show. Always aiming to find the tastiest produce for you.

PICK of the BUNCH The best seasonal produce in one box ready for you to devour.🍇Fruit:  apples, bananas, grapes, pears, ...
02/06/2022

PICK of the BUNCH
The best seasonal produce in one box ready for you to devour.
🍇Fruit: apples, bananas, grapes, pears, oranges, passionfruit
🥕Veggies: avocado, broccoli, carrots, capsicum, grape tomato, cucumber, dutch cream potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, beans and brussel spouts.

🧡 Persimmon of InterestMet Ben, or Big Ben as they call him at the markets.  Ben is my persimmon grower based in Cobbitt...
22/05/2022

🧡 Persimmon of Interest
Met Ben, or Big Ben as they call him at the markets. Ben is my persimmon grower based in Cobbitty. He is a third-generation farmer after his grandfather planted a persimmon tree after reading about them in a novel! He used to have a hard time describing them and would say it’s had the shape of a tomato and the flesh and taste more like an apricot or a pear but you eat it like an apple. But now they are growing in popularity and more in demand. His biggest challenge growing persimmons is keeping the birds away.
Some ideas on how to use them;
🧡 They are great peeled, quartered and eaten as a tasty snack. Their small size and sweet crunch make them an awesome lunch box choice. Being firm means they can withstand school bag bumps.
🧡 In an Asian salad, as the sweet element to the hot, sour and salty. Add to a spicy dressed tumble of cooked prawn, with coriander and mint. Or make a beef or chicken salad with plenty of Thai herbs and finish with roasted peanuts and slices of persimmon.
🧡 Or try a mood-lifting salad of bitter greens, goat’s cheese and persimmon chunks finished with a scatter of toasted pumpkin and sunflower seeds, dressed with a simple Dijon mustard vinaigrette.
🧡 Add slices of Persimmon to cereal for a new take on breakfast.
🧡 For a different fruit crumble use persimmon instead or use as a combination with apple or pear.
🧡 The honeyed sweetness of persimmon pairs well with salty preserved meats such as prosciutto or ham. Try wedges wrapped in paper-thin slices of bresaola (Italian air-dried beef) as a contemporary twist on prosciutto and melon.
🧡 Adds flavour, texture and colour to a cheese platter. Choose from creamy mozzarella, feta, blue cheese or goat’s curd.

Another box of this season’s best headed to a north shore doorstep. If your salivating at all the market fresh goodness ...
18/05/2022

Another box of this season’s best headed to a north shore doorstep. If your salivating at all the market fresh goodness I can ORANGE 🍊 to have a box delivered to your doorstep tomorrow!

The local cauliflower season has started. Koala Farm workers harvesting caulis in Bathurst in 4 degrees! With more suppl...
15/05/2022

The local cauliflower season has started. Koala Farm workers harvesting caulis in Bathurst in 4 degrees! With more supply around, this will start to bring the price down so you can start planning cauliflower gratin, cauliflower soup and roasted cauliflower.

Broccoli was the clear winner for value this week.  Some recipes for inspiration.
13/05/2022

Broccoli was the clear winner for value this week. Some recipes for inspiration.

A family favourite you'll find in almost every fridge, here's some ways to make broccoli exciting each and every night. bit.ly/CookingWithBroccoli

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