In this edition..
Hello all!

Winter is well and truly upon us. Chilly mornings and glorious days - perfect growing conditions for vegetables in Queensland - have been around now for most of July. Hopefully the August winds will stay away and we will enjoy this beautiful Queensland weather for some time to come.

This edition is dedicated to the lovely Nola who has moved on from Pershouse this week. We will all remember fondly Nola for her jokes - hopefully, she will still slip me a few via email!!

Enjoy your read!

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Bananas are back!
Bananas have been performing very well recently. Normally, a moderate crop in Winter, July has seen a solid result for the fruit.

"Bananas are really strong at the moment. The product is good quality and demand is high." said Cameron Kedwell.

Also on the fuit side, honeydews and rockmelons are also doing well on the market. Both products are high quality and demand has been supportin the efforts of growers.

"Good produce always sells. This month we have had some great produce from Price Farms and Rapisarda - both very particular growers."

"In addition, there has been a lighter supply out of WA, so the Queensland product is in high demand."

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Vegetables! Glorious Vegetables!
Alwyn Weier, Pershouse's resident guru on all things vegetable, tells me that the Winter crop of Queensland vegies is 'abundant'.

"Nearly all vegetable lines are in plentiful supply. The Queensland season continues to deliver."

"Most of the produce we are receiving is out of Bowen, Gatton and Bundaberg. The conditions have been very kind to growers." said Alwyn.

The only shortages are in silverbeet and beans, but in comparison to other lines, they are just in lighter supply -nothing to panic over.

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Capital raising closes
Brisbane Markets Limited (BML) has successfully closed its $12 million capital raising to assist funding a range of major capital expenditure projects over the coming two years.

BML CEO Andrew Young said the offer was oversubscribed which, in the current economic climate, was a vote of confidence in the company and the fresh produce industry.

Mr Young said the company had ambitious plans for the ongoing development and upgrading of the Brisbane Markets site at Rocklea. He said this followed on from completion late last year of the $30 million South Gate East warehouse and commercial centre development, fronting Sherwood Road.

“Construction has begun on a new western access road into the Markets together with two new car parks and a new building platform,” Mr Young said.

“There are a further five projects under consideration at a potential total construction cost of around $40 million.

“Our ultimate aim is for the Brisbane Markets to have the flexibility to respond to stakeholder requirements and provide the highest order of facilities to meet the needs of the industry.”

Mr Young said that the BML Board of Directors, chaired by Tony Joseph, was extremely pleased with the outcome of the capital raising.

“It recognises the excellent financial position of the company which has gone from strength to strength since purchasing the Markets just six years ago,” he said.

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Heavy Produce Update
The Queensland produce season is well underway with pumpkins currently still mainly sourced locally frokm the Lockyer Valley and Gatton. The quality has been mixed due to frost, but mostly it has been a fair season for local growers.

New season butternut and kent special varieties are now arriving on the market from Biloela, the Burdekin,and St George.

Brushed sebago potatoes are arriving from the Atherton Tablelands in North Queensland, while most spuds are still mostly from South Australia.

With a couple of months still to go before the local season kicks in, most onion varieties are still out of South Australia and Tasmania.

New season garlic is also arriving from China.

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A very funny story someone sent me recently I thought you might get a laugh

I went to Bunnings recently while not being altogether sure that course of action was a wise one. You see, the previous evening I had prepared and consumed a massive quantity of my patented 'you're definitely going to s**t yourself' road-kill chilli. Tasty stuff, albeit hot to the point of being painful, which comes with a written guarantee from me that if you eat it, the next day both of your b*tt cheeks WILL fall off.

Here's the thing. I had awakened that morning, and even after two cups of coffee (and all of you know what I mean) nothing happened. No 'Watson's Movement 2'. Despite habanera peppers swimming their way through my intestinal tract, I was unable to create the usual morning symphony referred to by my dear wife as 'thunder and lightning'.

Knowing that a time of reckoning HAD to come, yet not sure of just when, I bravely set off for Bunnings, my quest being paint and supplies to refinish the den. Upon entering the store at first all seemed normal. I selected a cart and began pushing it about dropping items in for purchase. It wasn't until I was at the opposite end of the store from the restrooms that the pain hit me.

Oh, don't look at me like you don't know what I'm talking about. I'm referring to that 'Uh, Oh, S**t, gotta go' pain that always seems to hit us at the wrong time. The thing is, this pain was different. The habaneras in the chilli from the night before were staging a revolt. In a mad rush for freedom they bullied their way through the small intestines, forcing their way into the large intestines, and before I could take one step in the direction of the restrooms which would bring sweet relief, it happened. The peppers fired a warning shot.

There I stood, alone in the paint and stain section, suddenly enveloped in a noxious cloud the likes of which has never before been recorded. I was afraid to move for fear that more of this vile odor might escape me. Slowly, oh so slowly, the pressure seemed to leave the lower part of my body, and I began to move up the aisle and out of it, just as a red aproned clerk turned the corner and asked if I needed any help.

I don't know what made me do it, but I stopped to see what his reaction would be to the malodorous effluvium that refused to dissipate.. Have you ever been torn in two different directions emotionally? Here's what I mean, and I'm sure some of you at least will be able to relate. I could've warned that poor clerk, but didn't. I simply watched as he walked into an invisible, and apparently indestructible, wall of odor so terrible that all he could do before gathering his senses and running, was to stand there blinking and waving his arms about his head as though trying to ward off angry bees. This, of course, made me feel terrible, but then made me laugh. .......BIG mistake!!!!!

Here's the thing. When you laugh, it's hard to keep things 'clamped down', if you know what I mean. With each new guffaw an explosive issue burst forth from my nether region. Some were so loud and echoing that I was later told a few folks in other aisles had ducked, fearing that someone was robbing the store and firing off a shotgun. Suddenly things were no longer funny. 'It' was coming, and I raced off through the store towards the restrooms, laying down a cloud the whole way, praying that I'd make it before the grand mal a*splosion took place.

Luck was on my side.. Just in the nick of time I got to the john, began the inevitable 'Oh my God', floating above the toilet seat because my a*s is burning SO BAD, purging. One poor fellow walked in while I was in the middle of what is the true meaning of 'Shock and Awe'. He made a gagging sound, and disgustedly said, ‘Holy S**t, did it smell that bad when you ate it?', then quickly left.

Once finished and I left the restroom, reacquired my partially filled cart intending to carry on with my shopping when a store employee approached me and said, 'Sir, you might want to step outside for a few minutes. It appears some prankster set off a stink bomb in the store. The manager is going to run the vent fans on high for a minute or two which ought to take care of the problem.'

My smirking of course set me off again, causing residual gases to escape me. The employee took one sniff, jumped back pulling his shirt up to cover his nose and, pointing at me in an accusing manner shouted, 'IT'S YOU!', then ran off returning moments later with the manager. I was unceremoniously escorted from the premises and asked none too kindly not to return.

Home again without my supplies, I realized that there was nothing to eat but leftover chilli, so I consumed two more bowls. The next day I went to shop at Lowes. I can't say anymore about that because we are in court over the whole matter.

Ba**ards claim they're going to have to repaint the store.

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Here is a list of just some of the produce available right now* at Pershouse Produce

Broad beans
Brussel Sprouts
Butter Beans

Honeydew Melon
Kipfler Potatoes

Okra Beans
Spring Onions

Sth Gold Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes

*subject to supply conditions.

If you have a story or article that you think would make a great addition to Fresh Perspective contact;

Laura Koman
Ph: 07 3379 3034

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