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Have an avo freshly ripe from the farm

Burringbar grower Tony Hinds of Mullumbimby Farmers Market stall, Avocado Valley, says avocados are good eating now.
Burringbar grower Tony Hinds of Mullumbimby Farmers Market stall, Avocado Valley, says avocados are good eating now. Kate O'Neill

THERE'S no better time than now to get some local avo on your toast.

Burringbar grower and Mullumbimby Farmers Market stallholder, Tony Hinds, says the fruit at the moment is as good as it gets.

"All the avocados now, the oil content is right up so they're all eating very, very well," he said.

High oil content not only gives the avocados a good flavour, it also helps the fruit ripen all the way through, which is exactly what they are doing now: "They're ripening beautifully," Tony said.

Tony's Avocado Valley stall has just returned to the Mullumbimby Farmers Market for the 2017 season and Tony says he will have a good supply of his spray-free avocados right through until the end of the year: "We're solid for the next five months with fruit."

The nutty full-flavoured Hass and the creamy Sharwil - smaller seed and more flesh - are Tony's two main varieties, along with the Reed, which appears later in the season.

Tony takes pride in the quality of his avocados, which he says is due to the fact that they are picked fresh every week.

"We pick the fruit, we ripen the fruit and then we sell the fruit," he said. "The trouble with the supermarket fruit is it's picked, stored on farm, transported, ripened at the wholesaler - who can store it for a week or two - then sold and finally it gets to the shelf. When you get it, it could be a few weeks old. We don't hold the fruit from week to week - that's where the quality comes into it."

He says chill damage is a common problem with commercial avocados.

"If fruit has been held for too long at too cold temperatures you get the browning around the seed coat. We don't chill anything."

Tony says he selects fruit to ripen within 2-4 days of being sold, so customers can enjoy them during the week, and come back for the next week's supply the following Friday.

. Avocado Valley at Mullumbimby Farmers Market every Friday.

Topics:  avocado avocado valley burringbar mullumbimby farmer's market tony hinds


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