In this day and age of refrigerated transport, it’s easy to loose sight of where our fruit and veggies are grown, and how far they’ve travelled from the “farm gate to our plate”. At this time of the year, there is a transition between fruits and vegetables grown locally (in Victoria), to produce sourced from further north (New South Wales & Queensland).
Late last week I started corn for the first time in about four weeks. The new season Queensland corn is still a little bit on the “young side” so if you do purchase it this week, just remember, it will get bigger and fuller in the coming weeks.
Same goes for strawberries, they won’t be as sweet as the Victorian ones that I have been supplying recently, but they should have a longer shelf life (although I always recommend eating strawberries within a day or two of purchase).
Beans are also from Queensland, may be a bit thinner than the local ones which have just finished. All our beans are “hand picked”, not “machine picked”. Hand picked beans stay fresher for longer because greater care is taken when they are picked.
There are still plenty of local options around, the following items are sourced from growers in Melbourne’s food bowl; broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, celery, leeks, spring onions, most of the herbs, apples, pears, nashi pears and hydroponic tomatoes.
Have a great week,