Queensland grown produce plays a starring role at the Brisbane Produce Market this week, as cold weather in the southern states sees supply shifting north.

Citrus fruits are at their very best, so stock up on lemons, limes, mandarins, and navel oranges. They all work well in both savoury and sweet dishes like cakes, puddings, tarts, and soufflés. For a quick Asian marinade, combine citrus zest and juice with soy sauce, garlic, and vegetable oil and pour over chicken thighs or pork fillets.

We’re seeing consumer confidence in rockmelons return and deservedly so — the North Queensland season has started and quality and value are both exceptional. Corella and Josephine pears represent good buying at the moment, and Caboolture-grown strawberries are excellent quality despite lower volumes. All varieties of apples are continuing their great run. The seasons has finished for figs and plums, while grapes are on their way out with only two weeks left. Supplies of blueberries are also mixed at the moment.

We’re warming up the wok to stir-fry vegies, with asparagus, broccoli, carrot, cabbage, Asian vegetables, chillies, and Bundaberg-grown sugar snaps and snow peas all in good supply. Kent pumpkins are excellent quality, as are cauliflower, eggplant, and fennel.
Stanthorpe-grown leeks are in hot demand this week, as we turn to comforting soups and roasts. Choose leeks with a firm white base and bright green leaves, then store in a plastic bag in your crisper.

Not everything’s a fan of the cooler weather, though. Beans, zucchini and cucumber are all growing more slowly, which means supplies are down and prices are up. Tomatoes are also in shorter supply, so prices are higher as we wait for the Bowen season to start in a few weeks.

This week’s top pick is the Hass avocado, which is continuing its bumper season. Rather than squeezing avocados to check for ripeness, look under the stem at the top — if it comes away easily and is green underneath, your avo is ready to eat. For a creamy dressing, blend avocado with lemon or lime juice, sour cream, basil, spring onions, salt, and pepper, adding water to achieve your preferred consistency.

You can buy the best of what the season has to offer at your nearest Your Local Fruit Shop. Go to www.yourlocalfruitshop.com.au to locate your closest store. Check out the Your Local Fruit Shop Facebook page for the latest news from your local fresh produce experts at https://www.facebook.com/yourlocalfruitshop
For further information, please contact Jane Schmidt, Communications & Marketing Executive, Brismark on 07 3915 4311 or via email [email protected]