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June 3 In Season at the Market

Buying and eating in season produce is good for your nutrition and helps the economy, our seasonal updates are here to lend a hand.

Let us inspire you with just a few of the fresh, locally grown produce now in season at the South Australia Produce Market that you will find at your local fruit and veg store.


This week we welcome large-and-in-charge Queensland grown Avozilla Avocados into SA. This ginormous variety usually range from 1.2 – 1.7kg each! For context, your regular avocado will weigh around 200 grams. Although at first glance they may look different, they taste almost exactly the same as your standard varieties. They’re an absolute must for your next smashed avocado indulgence, or great for whipping up a party-sized guacamole. If you don’t finish one of these beauties in one sitting (we can’t blame you for that!) Simply pop the left-over portion in a container with water flesh-side down. Cover, and place in the fridge to keep the avocado from turning brown – it will be good for approximately another two days. Unfortunately, there’s a limited number available across Australia, so pick one up this week before you miss out!

Packham Pears

As apple and pear season continues, we are seeing a good supply of freshly picked Adelaide Hills Packham pears in the market. These pears are a versatile variety as they are sweet and juicy when eaten raw, but their flavour really shines when used in cooking.  Try them baked or poached and you’ll taste the full potential of this humble pear variety.  With Packham pears, you can tell when they’re ripe once the skin turns from a bright green colour to a more pale, yellow tone.  Be sure to enjoy these beautiful pears while they’re at their best!

Butternut Pumpkin

Butternut squash, more commonly known as Butternut pumpkin, are currently in season from Autumn to Winter.  This delicious type of squash that grows on a vine, so technically is a fruit, has a sweet, nutty taste and is great accompanied with your traditional roast, soups, curries and salads.  Butternut pumpkin can also be eaten raw if you thinly shave into ribbons and marinade in a zesty dressing or it can be roasted with the skin on.  With the cooler weather here, be sure to include this family favourite in your weekly meals.


Cauliflower is in good supply so take advantage of this versatile vegetable to add to your curries, roasts or slow cooked meals.   With high quality crops, cauliflowers are not only great tasting but also affordable in your weekly shop.  With the weather cooling down, what a better way to incorporate these low fat, high nutritional vegetable into your hearty meals.  If you have never tried cauliflower mash – you will be surprised how great this low carb substitute is. Mash up the cauliflower and add some olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper and let your tastebuds enjoy!


You’ll find the best produce inside your local independent fruit & veg stores. Locate your closest store here.And don’t forget to check out Pick a Local, Pick SA Facebook page for the latest news from your local fresh produce experts.