What’s in season for Autumn
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No-one wants to complain about the rain so far this year, but the above-average rainfall over summer coupled with the humidity – one day of 95 % relative humidity was a steamy one – has been a bit of a problem for local farmers. ‘The rain knocked a lot of our raspberries and figs off,’ says John Maguire of Enniskillen Orchard. ‘But the raspberries will be back for a little while yet.’Autumn is looking promising though. ‘Apples are good right now,’ John says, ‘and they don’t mind the rain’. Different varieties are ripening all the time so it will be a good season for them, not to mention the persimmons. Then look out for pears, kiwifruit and nashi fruit and enjoy.
The watery summer weather hasn’t helped vegetable crops either and damaged quite a lot of veges that couldn’t handle the rain says Andrew Muscat from Muscat growers. The pumpkins, leeks, silverbeet and beetroot are all looking good for Autumn. ‘With the flooding in Queensland and Victoria, availability is a problem and it’s pushing prices up.’ Don’t fear, however, he says as they have put in their winter vege crops: cauliflower, broccoli, leeks and rhubarb, and things are looking better and, barring any weather disasters, the new season crops will see prices coming down again.