AUTUMN HARVEST PRICE COMPARISON

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AUTUMN HARVEST PRICE COMPARISON
15th March, 2017

It’s autumn harvest season at the Co-op, and we have an abundance of gorgeous organic and local produce for you to feast on!

Our certified organic produce arrives fresh from the Sydney organic markets three days a week.  It’s surprisingly affordable too, as this comparison of the Co-op’s organic prices with those of two local supermarkets on 6th March shows:

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CO-OP FESTIVE SEASON
18th December, 2015

INSEASONNOW

BUY LOCALLY GROWN

DECEMBER
Cherries, raspberries, plums, coriander, globe artichokes, parsley, mint, sorrel, garlic, lime leaves and rocket.

FROM THE MARKET
Tomatoes, cherries, figs, watermelons, peaches, apricots, nectarines, honeydew melons, Ruby Red grapefruit, garlic, basil, beans, cucumber and cabbage.

PRICE COMPARISON: LOCAL VS MARKET
30th April, 2015

There are many reasons to choose to buy local fruits and vegetables: freshness, fewer food miles and the opportunity to support the local community are just a few.

The Co-op’s local produce has increased dramatically over the last few years. Our customers love to buy locally grown produce and more backyard growers have been growing for us. Some people have small orchards and sell us the delicious fruits of their harvest.

It seems that we are getting new consigners weekly at this busy harvest time of the year.

It is our policy that consignment fruits and vegetables are sold at a maximum of 10% below the certified organic fruits and vegetable price for that item. Prices can vary a lot over the season due to scarcity and gluts, and weather conditions can affect harvests too. The impacts of storms, fires and disease can push prices up. For example lemons are not available from Australian growers in summer and haven’t yet come down in price.

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KATOOMBA ORCHARD
10th March, 2015

Paul Herzog has been bringing Katoomba-grown fruit to the Co-op for over a decade, making him one of our original suppliers of local produce. It all began over thirty years ago when Paul bought his bush block, built himself a home, a greenhouse and sheds and began his gardening adventure by planting his first fruit trees.

 

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WHAT’S IN SEASON
9th March, 2015

March 2015
What a delicious transitional time of the year! Grab a tropical mango or pineapple from the organic stand, a local fig from Hazelbrook or a pear from Katoomba. One of the wonderful benefits of the local stand is the incredible freshness. It’s not unusual to find produce picked that very morning!

Paul Herzog's Shinsui Nashi Pears

 

 

 

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STOCK NEWS WITH MIKE P
8th February, 2015

As Summer quickly moves towards Autumn we are very fortunate at the Co-op to sell some wonderful local fruit. Crisp and crunchy apples and pears from Katoomba, Bilpin and Bathurst are arriving daily. Paul Herzog is bringing heritage apples, grown in Katoomba, such as Gravensteins (an old Dutch variety) and Eddy Hungerford has his popular Prima apples, certified organic from Bilpin. Also try the various local pears such as Nashi and Howell. With our expanded cool room storage we are now selling even crunchier and longer-lasting apples. Sam’s sensational Logan Brae Apple Juice will be back on the shelves  as soon as the new season apples have been picked and pressed.

 

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WHATS IN SEASON FEBRUARY 2015
6th February, 2015

From the Organic markets we have been receiving –

  • pineapples
  • paw paw
  • mangoes
  • peaches
  • plums
  • nectarines
  • valencia oranges
  • english spinach
  • beans
  • zucchinis
  • squash
  • pumpkins

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WHATS IN SEASON
3rd December, 2014

Stone fruit has officially arrived and there are predictions of a bumper cherry season.

 

We now have

 

  • peaches
  • nectarines
  • cherries
  • apricots
  • mangoes
  • strawberries
  • avocados
  • limes
  • radish
  • sweet potato
  • garlic
  • basil

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IN SEASON – GLOBE ARTICHOKES
3rd December, 2014

Lately we have received some beautiful local globe artichokes. We don’t get lots of them, so grab them when you can! Globe artichokes are large plants that grow pretty well in the Mountains, so give them a go in your garden. They make a lovely table decoration, being a flower, and we get many enquiries about how to prepare and eat them.

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GROW YOUR OWN AND FEED YOUR COMMUNITY
12th February, 2014

As many of you become more concerned about your carbon footprint and future food security, we hope that you might be inspired to grow lots more food and share the excess with others. We’d love to be able to increase the sales of locally grown food at the Co-op. Fancy becoming a market gardener?

SO WHERE DO OUR FRUIT AND VEGGIES COME FROM?

 Sydney organic markets 81%

Certified organic market garden in Windsor 15%

Certified organic growers in Bathurst and Bilpin 3%

Local Growers 1%

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