Thursday, 21 September 2017 20:47

Swing into Spring with early season fresh fruit and vegetables

A bumper crop of fresh fruit and vegetables has taken over our Sydney markets early this season, so it's time to dust off those Summer recipes and get inspired!

From avocado toast to the classic Aussie pavlova, we’re a nation of fruit and vegetable lovers. Thanks to hot temperatures up north, we’ve got delicious fruit and vegetables at our Sydney markets just waiting to bring your creative recipes to life.

Because of the dry weather up north, we're reaping the benefits of early season fruit and vege crops at our Sydney growers markets. While supply peaks, prices are plummeting as our farmers markets are saturated with the overflow of fresh produce.

What fruit and vegetables can I get early at Sydney markets? Pineapples

Mangos, tomatoes and practically everything in between are on offer from our fruit market sellers.

Sweet Queensland pineapples have doubled in supply compared to the usual harvest, with farmers expecting their numbers to increase.

Strawberries are also bursting from our stalls, with very low prices and highly quality produce bring the sweet taste of Summer closer with every punnet.

We’re even expecting the early arrival of the highly-coveted mangos which generate a unique hype around the Christmas season. Compared to the low yield last season, this year’s harvests are expected to fill thousands of extra palettes.

Zucchini, lettuce, Lebanese cucumbers and tomatoes, the staples of delicious Summer salad recipes, are also coming in abundance.

Cauliflower and broccoli have burst from the ground to greet the warmer weather, providing the perfect accompaniment to the traditional Sunday roast.

Avocados, fast becoming a firm favourite Aussie staple, are making an early arrival as well, with the good harvest expected to continue into next year thanks to the mild Winter temperatures.

All this over-supply means lower prices and lots of choice, providing the perfect inspiration to get creative in the kitchen.

While this early start may have left our farmers in a bit of a sticky situation, increasing the need for fruit pickers (feel like lending a hand on a sweet staycation?), it's our duty to make the most of this home-grown goodness.

How to make the most of your fresh produceAvocadotreev2

*Jump on the avocado toast train

The avocado toast trend isn't going anywhere soon. Follow suit of many of Sydney’s top restaurants and start experimenting with your avo toast – here are some fresh idea to kick-start your tastebuds.

*Celebrate those sweet Summer fruits

The Wiggles got it right when they said, “Fruit salad, yummy yummy!” Fruit salads are a Summer favourite, but that doesn’t mean you can’t jazz them up! If you haven’t perfected how to cut a mango yet, learn how to cut a mango here.

*Bring back the pav!

The classic Pavlova, traditionally crowning tables during the Aussie Christmas season, has seen many innovations over the years. Why not tap into your inner artist and decorate your pavlova with some creative flair?
*Say hello to cocktail season

Warm Summer nights & cocktails go hand-in-hand, so start testing out some new recipes with the sweet fruit from our sellers. Whether you blend up the on-trend frosé or the timeless piña colada, you're guaranteed to be the toast of the town with our fresh fruit and berries.

*Reach MasterChef level with these salad recipes

Salads don’t have to be boring. Add a twist to the traditional green salad and take salad inspiration from the king of wholefood cooking, Jamie Oliver. Our market sellers will also be full of ideas for how you can make the most of their prized produce.Fruitsalad

Why you should go local for your fruit and vegetables

Our market stalls source a wide range of the freshest, and not to mention organic, fruit and vegetables, ensuring that what ends up on your table is also tasty and good for your tummy.

Plus, with the over-supply of produce comes low prices, meaning supporting our local Aussie growers and sellers is good for your stomach and your wallet!

Also, anyone who's visited our farmers markets before knows that the stallholders at our Sydney farmers markets are a wealth of knowledge and meal inspiration. The only thing more satisfying than tasting the delicious produce is hearing the stories behind how it got from farm to feast-ready, which is something unique to our local Sydney markets.

Find your local Sydney market

From Bondi to Blacktown and Castle Hill, our stallholders are ready to deliver the freshest fruit and vegetables. Our community farmers markets and fresh produce markets are the best spots to pick up all the fresh produce you need for your tasty recipes.

MangosSydney’s newest boutique market, Cambridge Markets in Watsons Bay (brought to you by the same team behind the Rose Bay Farmers Market), is also the perfect place to pick up inspiration

When it comes to Sunday markets and Saturday markets, Sydney really does deliver. View a full calendar of all our local markets here.

While you’re shopping at your local market, why not take a minute to discover what else is on offer? Visit Sydney’s best markets to discover not only delicious Australian produce, but also a wide range of artisan and boutique products.

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[Sources/references]

Fruit and vegetables going cheap as Queensland's warm winter causes bumper crops – ABC News
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-29/fruit-and-vegetables-going-cheap-queensland-bumper-crops/8848694  

Pineapple farmers in oversupply this winter after summer heatwave – ABC News
http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-06-30/winter-pineapple-supply-doubles-queensland/8668334

Blooming good outlook for Queensland Christmas mangoes – ABC News
http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-08-14/queensland-mango-outlook-good-with-early-season-prediction/8797316

Australia, our mango dreams have come early – National Geographic
http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/australia/australia-our-mango-dreams-have-come-early.aspx

Farmers picking an early and extended Queensland avocado harvest – ABC News
http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-08-21/avocado-season-looks-promising-queensland/8826342

Spoilt for strawberry choice ruining lush fruit industry – The Queensland Times
https://www.qt.com.au/news/spoilt-for-strawberry-choice-ruining-lush-fruit-in/3215608/#/0

Prices wilt as heat brings on big crop – The Queensland Times
https://www.qt.com.au/news/prices-wilt-as-heat-brings-on-big-crop/3216523/

           

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