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BEFORE I BEGIN, I MUST MENTION AND REMIND YOU ABOUT OUR STH GIPPSLAND FREE RANGE EGGS. WE WHERE OUT AT BREAKFAST ON THE WEEKEND ON THE MORNINGTON PENINSULLA, AND PURCHASED A BREAKFAST WITH AMAZING EGGS . IT TURNED OUT THE STORE ALSO USES STH GIPPSLAND FREE FRANGE EGGS. IF YOU HAVE NOT YET TRIED OUR EGGS, DO YOURSELF A FAVOUR AND TRY A DOZEN THIS WEEK. GREAT VALUE, AND EVEN BETTER QUALITY AND FLAVOUR.

 

With the weather on the improve the prices are slowly but surely coming down, and get this, we may even see the early return of bananas on our menus as early as THE START OF NEXT MONTH

 

We have been able to lock in a special deal with our citrus growers, and lowered the price of Oranges. There is an abundance of oranges this season, with local growing conditions over the past 12 months being helpful and favorable for Aussie growers. We have reduced the cost of individual oranges, and better yet, we are offering PREMIUM BOXES OF ORANGES FOR EATING/JUICING FOR AN AMAZING $20 PER BOX. (if you do wish to order a box, we unfortunately do not have them in box sizes online, but you are more than welcome to email us and request a box, or a few boxes if you wish be added to your order.) please also note the $20/box deal can not be a part of our minimum $27.50 spend or a delivery fee will apply. So orders must still be over the minimum $27.50 spend in order for a $20 box of oranges to be delivered with the no delivery fee offer.

 

The apple selection at the moment is sensational, with all of the available apple varieties being the best quality in both appearance and flavor we have seen in nearly 7 years. Pink Lady , Fuji  and Royal Gala being the best of the red apples, and both the Golden delicious and Granny smith apples are perfect on the green front.

 

The Crimson Seedless grape season has now ended with Fruitastic for this season, as the quality is beginning to drop, and the Australian season is nearing its end.

 

The Local Australian Kiwi fruit season has ended and been replaced with the New Season New Zealand fruit, which will see us through until our Australian growers are able to supply us with local produce.

 

Pineapple supplies are a little short, and so too are the rockmelon and Honeydew’s , due to much colder weather up north, however, all these lines are available. They are great value for money if you need to add more variety to the fruit bowl. They all have perfect flavor, and the fact they were grown in a colder climate, means they will keep longer, as there is no heat within them which speeds the process of ripening.

 

Great tasting Strawberries (PRICE DOWN) are now available from QLD. In fact, we are quite surprised with this years’ quality, as generally speaking, strawberries in winter and the start of spring, (despite coming from warmer climates) may look great but have little or no taste at all, however these strawberries are very flavorsome and sweet. Western Australian Strawberries are also available, and will soon replace the QLD strawberries.

 

YOU MAY NOTICE MANGO IS NOW AVAILABLE ON OUR MENUS. GREAT SIZE , QUALITY AND FLAVOURED MANGOS FROM NORTHERN TERRITORY ARE AVAILABLE, AND PRICES WILL  EASE OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS, AS THE MANGO GROWERS ARE SET TO HAVE A BUMPER SEASON.

 

On the veggie front, RED CAPSICUM,(PRICE DOWN) Celery and zucchini (price down) , BROCOLLI (price down)AND CAULIFLOWER (price down) , Leeks and Brussell Sprouts are all the pick this week. JAP PUMPKIN  are also terrific, and quite large in size. BUTTTERNUT PUMPKIN QUALITY IS TERRIBLE AND WE HAVE REMOVED THIS ITEM FROM OUR ONLINE STORE UNTIL WE SEE IT’S QUALITY IMPROVE.  Root vegetables such as parsnips, Swedes, and turnips are also great. Snow peas(price down) are also in good supply and highly recommended.  Lebanese (price down)and continental cucumber prices have eased a fraction, and we are now seeing quality and size improvements. Corn is also improving in quality and prices should come back to normal by next week.

 

Baby spinach (prices down)and Spring onions  (price down) prices have come back substantially as growing conditions improve, and so too the quality.

 

Artichokes and fennel are also right in peak season at the moment, and are incredibly good for you as they are packed with essential vitamins and minerals. Not your every day vegetables , however with shows such as Master Chef and the like, are becoming more and more commonly used, as they are as mentioned  in peak season between the end of Autumn through to mid Spring.

 

PLEASE NOTE THE AVOCADO’S ARE A TERRIFIC BUY THIS WEEK AS THEIR PRICE HAS EASED A LITTLE, AND THEIR QUALITY IS SENSATIONAL.

 

Red capsicums (PRICE DOWN )are now slowly but surely coming from South Australia and Queensland , and quality is terrific. The green capsicums remain in steady supply and price. Also note the hand picked beans are in limited supply and their price has remains steady this week, but should see some price and volume improvements by next week.

 

Passionfruit is a highly recommended fruit this week, as we have managed to lock in some terrific quality passionfruit with our growers, at a very reasonable price.

 

Adelaide grown Hydro tomatoes (PRICE DOWN )are again on offer this week as our main line of tomatoes, as these prove to be the best eating tomatoes on offer within the market . Tomato availability and price is improving as the Northern States are now enjoying warmer weather, and more favourable growing conditions. With the shortest day of the year behind us , we should slowly but surely see their price come back down to normal very soon. ROMA TOMATOS ARE SENSATIONAL THIS WEEK, WITH THE SEASON HARVESTS COMING THROUGH FROM OUR GROWERS. THEY ARE QUITE LARGE AND FULL OF FLAVOUR

 

Cabbage both red and green cabbage along with jap pumpkin is also great value this week, and work well with soups, roasts , and all great wintery meals.

 

If you are wanting to add some additional flavor or jazz to your meals, we also recommend the following herbs: coriander and parsley continental , thyme and oregano and rosemary

 

 

We strongly recommend and encourage in season , value for money purchasing , which one will save you and your family quite a few dollars every week, and the most important reason of all, is in season fruit and veg tastes great and is better for you, so make the most of each line when they are in season.

 

REGARDS,

 

JIM KOLOKITHAS

 

 

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