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Cool nights truss-up supply
AUTUMN arrived last
month and brought with it
milder days and much cool-
This change of pattern, coupled
with weather factors inter-state,
created a more consistent supply
of fresh produce where there was
once a surplus.
After enjoying a season of plenty,
supply of Australian-grown rock
melons, blueberries and honey-
dew melons, South Australian-
grown cauliflowers, Australian-
grown broccoli, chinese cabbage,
cos and ice berg lettuce, celer y
and snow peas firmed-up last
SA-grown salad vegetables
including continental, green and
lebanese cucumbers, most tomato
varieties, eggplant and green zuc-
chinis mirrored this position.
But many vegetables continued
their strong r un, including SA-
grown brown and red onions,
potatoes, ball-head cabbages and
The Adelaide Hills apple and
pear har vest is going full-swing
and new-season varieties are now
Red delicious, golden delicious,
jonathan and royal gala apples cou-
pled with red sensation, duchess,
corella, beurre bosc pears and
nashis are there for your taking.
The Australian Grape season
continued to offer dark and light
varieties. The SA stone fruit sea-
son slowed down last month but
offered some supplies of peaches,
nectarines, kensington pride man-
goes and several varieties of
In the citrus sector, SA-grown
valencia oranges, grape fruit,
Queensland and SA-grown
lemons and Qld-grown limes con-
tinued to be available.
Ver y light supplies of Riverland-
grown satsuma mandarins were
seen in the market last month.
The Queensland imperial man-
darin season will kick-off in the
Qld-grown cavendish and lady
finger bananas were in moderate
supply, highlighting the extensive
range of fresh produce lines cur-
Some exotic produce that
brought excitement to the markets
last month were SA-grown br us-
sels sprouts, rhubarb, gold squash,
pomegranates and figs, Vic-grown
bunched green asparagus and
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Supply of most tomato varieties firmed-up last month.
THE Bill to change trading hours
within the Adelaide CBD passed
the South Australian parliament
on March 29.
The new law will allow traders
to open shop on most public
Adelaide Produce Market
supported Business SA's position
on the issue.
CEO Angelo Demasi said the Bill
would ensure fruit and vegetable
retailers were not disadvantaged
by total deregulation.
He said APM was opposed to
total deregulation on the basis of
the current market dominance
between the two national
"The market-share dominance
of the national supermarket
chains will only increase if total
deregulation is introduced," Mr
He said the new trading hours
would ensure the independent
retail sector maintained its
South Australia and Western
Australia are the only two states
with a healthy independent retail
sector, thanks largely to
regulation of shopping hours.
"For the sake of keeping local
growers and local independent
retailers alive and prosperous,
Parliament needs to support this
Bill," Mr Demasi said.
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