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What is the farmers report?
Every week the price of organic fruit and vegetables change twice to reflect what is happening in nature and in the industry.
Things like weather, pests, over or under production, supply and demand, and harvesting conditions can all affect the pricing.
The Organic Butler believes in transparency, so each week, we write a report – an insider scoop, to let you know what has happened throughout the week.
This is just a way to help you connect back to nature, to the food you eat and to the people who grow it. It helps to have an understanding of why things aren’t available all year round, and what you can expect from the quality from week to week.

From The Organic Butler:

This week prices, availability and variety is holding steady from last week.
The fruit and veg don’t quite know what to do with this weather.
When we get some more sun, the produce will really start to pick up and we will be spoilt for choice, but until then hold tight, we’re probably only a week or two away!
Thai eggplant (perfect for stir fries), corn, watermelon, cauliflower, kale, and beans are back.

The corn has looked a bit average last week, but inside is perfect. Just make sure you husk them – so that any hungry caterpillar inside won’t have a feast before you get a chance to use them!
Hot tip: leave one layer on if you’re planning on roasting them – it protects the corn but still allows that smokiness through!
The sooner you cook it – the sweeter it will be!

We did hear that the strawberries weren’t holding their freshness for more than a day or two over the last two weeks, so we’ve kept away from them this last week. Hopefully they will become good again shortly – its difficult as they’re such a fragile berry! Sorry to any of those of you who ended up with one or two not so great ones last week!
The asparagus has dropped again this week – I don’t think I’ve ever seen it this price before.

We’re going to continue the special on garlic again this week..

The Report from the Melbourne Market:

Cauliflower, Watermelon, Beans, Chinese Eggplant, Green Capsicum, Squash, Pineapple (limited), Watercress, Mint, Peas, Tomatoes, Turmeric, Navel Oranges, Snow Peas, Red Grapefruit, Avocado, Banana, Oranges, Apples (seconds), Potato, Sweet Potato, Mushrooms, Leafy Greens and Herbs, Beetroot, Celery, Corn, Cucumber (has been limited), Leek, Zucchini, Banana, Strawberries.

Good value:
Watermelon, Mushrooms, Snow peas, new season valencia oranges, Bananas (have slightly dropped in price).

The Report from the Local Organic Farm:

All the lines are now limited in variety. From now until the start of next year, the farm lines will be few, but they will have a good supply of everything they have available.

Tuscan Kale, Broccoli, Silverbeet, Asparagus, Fennel, Grey Pumpkin, Red onion.

Great value:
Are you ready to support your local farmers? Head across to the shop now and place your order for next weeks deliveries!

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