En­joy the sum­mer with great fruit and berries

The lo­cal melon sea­son is in full pro­duc­tion

Bay of Plenty Times - - OPINION - David Ste­wart David Ste­wart is the owner of The Fresh Mar­ket Gate Pa and home de­liv­ery ser­vice my­green­gro­cer.co.nz

What a great time of year this is with all the beau­ti­ful sum­mer pro­duce avail­able and lovely fine weather to en­joy.

From Hawke’s Bay this week we have gold peaches, yel­low peaches, white peaches and the ex­tremely pop­u­lar Yummy Hunny nec­tarines. The plums in the shop are grown lo­cally in Te Puna and this week they are the Billing­ton va­ri­ety. Cen­tral Otago apri­cots will be in abun­dant sup­ply over the next few days and it is the time to buy, prices are su­perb so do not miss out. Cen­tral Otago cher­ries are avail­able, ei­ther loose or in pre packs, and in my opin­ion they are the best eat­ing cher­ries we have had all sea­son.

The lo­cal melon sea­son is in full pro­duc­tion with wa­ter­mel­ons and rock mel­ons ar­riv­ing reg­u­larly from Sum­mer pro­duce is avail­able to en­joy dur­ing the lovely fine weather. the Bell Fam­ily gar­dens north of Kaitaia. Sweet corn is com­ing from the Gis­borne and Hawke’s Bay grow­ing ar­eas, again on a daily ba­sis.

Berries avail­able this week in­clude lo­cally grown straw­ber­ries along with Waikato blue­ber­ries, black­ber­ries and rasp­ber­ries. Good sup­plies of berries will be avail­able for the rest of this month so en­joy now.

In the salad area of the shop av­o­ca­dos, cap­sicums, cu­cum­bers, toma­toes and spring onions are in good sup­ply but ice­berg let­tuce num­bers have re­duced quite quickly and prices have firmed. Look for good prices on red cap­sicums with the best buy be­ing the 1kg bag ideal for im­me­di­ate use or freez­ing for later in the year.

From Pukekohe we have Agria, Ilam Hardy, washed white Na­dine and washed red po­ta­toes along with good sup­plies of new sea­son brown and red onions. There is a full se­lec­tion on old sea­son ku¯ mara avail­able for the next two weeks with the new sea­son ku¯ mara crop ready to dig in early Fe­bru­ary. Bell’s gar­dens are sup­ply­ing the mar­ket­place with new sea­son crown pump­kins, green but­ter­cup and or­ange but­ter­nut with prices still on the firm side but will im­prove as vol­umes in­crease.

Sur­pris­ingly green veg­etable sales have been im­pres­sive all sum­mer with broc­coli, beans, cau­li­flower, cel­ery, cour­gettes, cab­bage, sil­ver­beet and spinach all in good de­mand.

The first of the new sea­son Sun­rise ap­ples ar­rived last week from Hawke’s Bay and all go­ing well we will have the first of this year’s Royal Gala ap­ples in the shop next week.

Re­mem­ber to buy what is in sea­son and on spe­cial.

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