Market Update Friday 21/1/21

Written by martins-produce | Posted on 21 January 2022

Market Update Friday 21/1/21












Along with floods in QLD and the heat in WA, farms on the East coast are now struggling to get workers in each day because so many people are getting COVID over there. This has made it hard to get any produce over and price is high when we do 



Asparagus – bunches will cost $4+ Mexico, Australian bunches now finished. Carnarvon loose starting next week

Kiwi Fruit – all Green kiwi fruit is now USA

Lemons – you might receive Egyptian Lemons some markets if no Local, WA lemons are $10+/kg

Mandarins – Egyptian have started. But won’t be available most markets to begin with

Blueberries – any day now we will have to swap to New Zealand Berries, we are on the last Local and prices very high, fruit only just ok, don’t overstock

Navels – USA Navels due in the next couple of weeks but for now you will still get the last of Moora Midknight Seedless Valencia’s





Apples – most local apples are just about finished up so we will be moving onto E/States for most lines soon. Fruit still looks good but the E/states don’t usually have the same crunch we get

Avocado  – Price slowly on the rise 

Apricots – Fruit is starting to come in softer than we would like, they could finish any day now

Cherries – We will be using Tasmanian Cherries Next week, price will be slightly higher. Fruit will be finished in a couple of weeks

Grapes – Carnarvon Autumn Crips have just started and quality is sensational. Reds are okay but will be better when Sweet Celebrations start in a couple of weeks

Mangoes – we are now using very nice R2E2. Fruit is very good but price is up slightly

Nectarcots – Have just started and will be coming in 5kg trays. Season doesn’t usually last long

Rockmelons – Agents are meeting with growers again next week but it sounds like price will remain high for the rest of the year. No one can get enough staff in to pick fruit 

Strawberry’s – from the South West aren’t as firm as the start of the season but still holding up better than the local produce. Price up, numbers very short

Pineapples  – Are very short this time of year and now with the weather in QLD we are struggling to get anything in with road closures and farms under water

Watermelon – South West season is picking up and fruit is eating well. Make the most of the special next week!




Asparagus – Carnarvon loose cartons are starting up next week so we will switch to them when available

Cucumbers – Head sizes are bigger on burpless but quality is still good. Lebanese price is up, waiting on more growers to start to bring the price back

Chillies – There are now some very nice red chillies in the markets. Quality has been far better this last week

Ginger  – Like everything else from QLD, they’re struggling to get workers and packers. Price right up $43+/kg

Beans – numbers still very light, still just using stringless for all orders

Green Cabbage – is extremely short and prices over $3.60 each

Onions – We have found a grower that has just started picking their new season brown onions so quality should pick up next week. Our main grower is still just over a week away

Tomatoes – Quality has been good, but with this weeks heat we may have a few issues next week

Pumpkins – Butternut are going to be very short for the next couple of weeks. We can only get E/states and transport keeps getting delayed. Waiting on South West season to start

Lettuce – price has gone up on 10 and 12 counts. Heat has affected crops

Mushrooms – Covid has hit the farms so they are struggling to get enough healthy pickers. Price up and numbers short

Herbs – have been smashed by heat, you will notice some prices have spiked. Parsley is very hard to get

Loose Leaf – We managed to get full supply on spinach today. Next week should be better but with Australia Day, numbers may still be short

Eggs – Eggs are extremely short every where. Cage will be 800g next week and below is a photo of the new growers



                800g Cage Eggs                  700g Free Range Eggs

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