This Week in the Market – 25 September 2018

Edition 198: ‘A Better Choice’ – learn more at our info session
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In this week’s Market News:

– ‘A Better Choice’ – learn more at an info session
– New trial trading hours week commencing October 1
– Merna talks us through recycling at the satellite stations

Market News

A Better Choice is here – join us for an information session

The new national retailer program designed to encourage consumers to shop for fresh produce at their local greengrocer is continuing to roll out across Victoria.
The first information session to detail the program and answer questions will be held on Thursday 4th October at 6.15am in the Market.
Membership to the Better Choice program is free and open to all independent fruit and vegetable retailers. RSVP for the info session by calling 9258 6192 or by clicking the button below.

Register for the information session

Recycling – your questions answered

Hear Merna answer some of the more trickier questions when it comes to disposing of waste at the satellite recycling stations.

Market Trading hours trial to begin week commencing October 1

As we communicated last week, the MMA are announcing a 90-day trial, week commencing Monday 1 October, for trade to begin at 3.30am, five days per week (that is an hour earlier on Tuesdays and Wednesdays).
As of Monday 1 October, access cards will be automatically changed so buyers will be able to enter through the gates from 3.15am each day.
Details are still being finalised regarding the early buyers permit trial, which was also announced last week, and will be communicated once available.
For further information contact the MMA on 9258 6100.

The Fresh Five

This week we talk to Market pals John Chapman and Newton Harvey who apart from doing their day-to-day jobs, meet and have breakfast together at the Market most mornings.
1. Your role at the Melbourne Market: 
Newton: I’m a wholesaler from Harvest of the Yarra Valley, located in the fruit and vegetable stands. In the summertime we sell stone fruit, nectarines, cherries, peaches and apricots. We sell honey all year round.
John: I’m a long-time fruiterer, I’ve been at The Fruit Bowl in Monbulk for 28 years and I’ve been buying Newton’s honey for about 28 years, and it’s excellent! 
2. If you could only take three fruits or vegetables with you to a desert island, which would you take:
John: Watermelon, it’s sweet and gives you something to drink. Bananas for energy, and a cara cara orange. 
Newton: cherries, fresh hand-picked beans and honey because it’ll make the coconut milk on the island less boring.
3. When was the last time you bought flowers for someone (or had them bought for you):
Newton: Next question!
John: I don’t think anyone has ever bought me flowers and the first time they do I won’t get to see them, I’ll be in the box! 
Newton: At least with you being older than me I’ll probably get to see the flowers… 
4. Tell us something that is on your ‘bucket list’:
John: Retire. On desert Island. With some fruit. Didn’t I just answer that question…?
Newton: That sounds pretty good. 
5. What do you most enjoy about working at the Melbourne Market:
John: Newton and I are on opposite sides of the fence and we can argue on price but when that’s done, it’s finished, and you move on. You build friendships here that last forever.
Newton: Hundreds and hundreds of small business owners getting together every morning. It’s great.

Public Holiday closure

The Market will be closed on Friday 28 September for the AFL Grand Final eve public holiday.
Market trading hours before and after the public holiday will remain unchanged.
Looking for inspiration on what to do on the public holiday? Why not check out the Footy Festival running from 26 – 29 September at the MCG. The Footy Festival celebrates all that is brilliant about Melbourne, showcasing the best in food, music, activities for the kids and of course footy.

Industry News

Australia rallies behind strawberry industry

It’s difficult to comprehend that something so small, found in most Australian homes, could cause such devastation and financial loss to so many. The strawberry needle scare has dominated the media since it was confirmed that the metal objects had been found by consumers in the much-loved berries, and while it has been a devastating time for the strawberry industry, there have been moments of light.
Social media users have rallied in support of strawberries by sharing recipes, and restaurants and cafes owners have proudly promoted that they are using the fruit. The new slogan ‘cut ’em up, don’t cut ’em out’ and the online hashtag #SmashaStrawb have been trending as consumers unite to show their support.
Read more about the ways the country is rallying behind the strawberry industry on ABC News.

Mango season heats up

In the Northern Territory, the mango season is ramping up, with growers sending thousands of trays to markets around Australia this week. Australia produced more than 10 million trays for the first-time last season, with 48 per cent of the national mango crop produced by the Northern Territory. Farmers and industry groups believe this year’s crop will be slightly less, but the NT is still forecast to produce a whopping 4 to 4.5 million trays. To read more click here.

Cut ’em up don’t cut ’em out!
Jamie Oliver shares five delicious things you can do with strawberries

Key Dates

Wed 26 & Thurs 27 September           Children in the Market

Friday 28 September                           AFL Grand Final eve public holiday (Market closed)

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