RECENT rain and the seasonal change of harvest locations has meant reduced volumes of fresh produce arriving at the Brisbane Produce Market, pushing some kitchen favourites higher in price.
You will still be able to buy value-for-money beetroot, brussels sprout, cabbage, eggplant, mushrooms, onions, sweet potatoes and pumpkin.
But there are short supplies of Asian vegetables, beans, sweet corn and zucchini making good quality produce expensive to buy.
Expect to pay firm prices for broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, capsicums, carrot, celery, fennel, leeks, parsnips, snow peas, silverbeet, squash, potatoes and imported asparagus.
There is reduced demand for salad items in the colder months, meaning the shorter supplies have not affected the hip pocket.
Coriander is hard to find and expensive and basil has firmed in price but most other herbs are plentiful.
You will pay firm prices for good quality tomatoes.
Mandarins, bananas and New Zealand kiwifruit are the best buys for school lunches, and join watermelon, honeydew, pineapples, passionfruit and pawpaw as the best priced fruit.
USA peaches and nectarines range from cheap to firm in price, depending on their age and quality.
Navel oranges are also firmly priced for the best quality.
Good quality apples, all berries, lemons, limes, rockmelon and pears are firmly priced.