Local Fruit - Northern Rivers NSW

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Local Fruit - Northern Rivers NSW

Postby minnie » Sun Jan 03, 2010 4:37 pm

Just for those in the northern rivers people... on my way into Casino this morning early (Sunday) a couple of fellow out on the Bruxner Highway west of Piora, had a sign out for plums, peaches and tomatoes.

They'd sold out of plums but I got lychees and peaches, the lychees were local but the peaches were from Stanthorpe and high chill freestone... when I got home and had a peach intended to bottle I couldn't believe it, I haven't tasted a peach this good in over 20 years... soft juicy and ripe! Now I'm going to eat these ones instead of bottling. At $3.00 per bag, not sure if it was a kilo a bag, but think it was.

They're coming back Friday lunch with plums, apricots, peaches, tomatoes, mushrooms... so if you feel like a drive it seems the best fruit in ages.

I know our stonefruit up here is low chill and they pick too early so they're hard and tasteless.

I can see what I have to do next week!
:D
Vicki

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Re: Local Fruit - Northern Rivers NSW

Postby Shadowgirlau » Tue Jan 05, 2010 9:50 am

Sounds wonderful.

Hubby picked one of our peaches off the tree Sunday and just had to have a taste. It was so juicy and had a real peachy taste too. He wanted to pick them all but I convinced him to leave them there as mamny of them aren't quite ready for picking yet.

I bought several boxes of fruit Boxing Day. Was not happy with some of it as once home I discovered the orchards had mixed cool stored fruit with new seasons fruit. How did I know? because the smaller fruits which were also firmer and crisper were the new seasons fruit while the larger fruits had stickers on them and when peeled were soft and bruised looking with not as much taste. Not happy Jan :( Oh well I did know that I was taking a risk as it is still quite early in the season.

Kathleen
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Re: Local Fruit - Northern Rivers NSW

Postby Heidi » Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:28 am

Thanks Vicki,
Road Trip Road Trip!!! Last time I went to Casino was for Primac in 2006. So, its only about an hour and a bit away. Would you believe I was just going to post a question about where to get good fruit from in Northern Rivers area. An older friend recently gave me her electric, stainless steel FV steriliser with the dial thermostat. She said when she was younger they used to head out and do day trips to the orchards, and bring a bootfull of fruit home. Sadly, most of the orchards that she used to go to have gone now. But this is the next best thing. Bought peaches at Farmer Charlies the other day, and:shock: not nice.
Thanks Heidi

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Re: Local Fruit - Northern Rivers NSW

Postby minnie » Tue Jan 05, 2010 1:43 pm

Hi Heidi,

I used to love Farmer Charlie's but haven't been for ages, do most of my shopping in Casino. They've gone into receivership too I think, so goodness knows what will happen to them.

If you wanted say a case of something, it would be worthwhile to ring them... I got a phone number, just need to dig it out... so if you want it let me know and I'll PM you.
:D
Vicki

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Re: Local Fruit - Northern Rivers NSW

Postby minnie » Thu Jan 07, 2010 7:28 am

Hi Heidi,

I tried to send back the number and your email bounced???

Can you PM again and give me your correct email.

Thanks

Vicki

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Re: Local Fruit - Northern Rivers NSW

Postby Heidi » Mon Jan 11, 2010 9:43 pm

I just spent up big at Farmer Lou's.... 10kg peaches ($2.49kg) last week, and today, 15kg apricots ($1.99kg) and 20kg nectarines ($1.99kg). So far I've done all the peaches.... 16 x No.31 jars, all the apricots.... 19 x No.27 jars and 5 ezidry dehydrator trays.... the nectarines are cooling in the cheese fridge at a lovely 13 degrees, ready for me to do tomorrow. I hope I get the time to do them!
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Re: Local Fruit - Northern Rivers NSW

Postby Shadowgirlau » Tue Jan 12, 2010 10:15 am

Sounds wonderful Heidi, would like to be doing this myself but unfortunately I don't feel up to it and even if I did feel up to it I am too worried about storage to do very much at the moment. Am green with fruit envy though :mrgreen:

Kathleen
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