Fyshwick Markets The Future is Solar

The Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets have started the roll out of solar panels with 500 panels installed so far for two stores at the Markets, Wiffens Premium Greengrocers and Deli Planet. Wiffens owner Jack Irvine is excited about the cost savings of going solar and the opportunity to help reduce the Markets carbon footprint ‘With advances in solar technology and the rising price of electricity going solar for us made economic and environmental sense.’  The 500 panels already installed will reduce the Markets carbon footprint by approximately 180 tonnes per year. Wiffens Owner Jack Irvine ‘Potentially the whole Fyshwick Markets could produce 610 Kw of power saving approximately 18 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year’.

Rolling out solar panels is another aspect of the Markets Environmental policy which includes a 175,000 rainwater tank installed when the Markets were redeveloped in 2008 with each stallholder has a tap to access the rainwater which is also used in the toilets and bathrooms. Each store has its own food wastage management system with local farmers and charities collecting food waste.

  • WHAT’S IN SEASON: FRUIT | APPLES: All new season except for Pink Ladies and Granny Smiths. BANANAS: Prices still impacted by supply issues from QLD floods. BERRIES: Last weeks for Tassie blueberries. Cooler weather has helped Strawberries with better value and longevity this week. Blackberries available. EXOTIC: Aussie mangosteens, rambutans, dragonfruit, guava and starfruit available. FIGS: Still peaking with a beautiful blush this week. GRAPES: Great range of grapes in season. Your preference depends on levels of crunch and sweetness desired. MANGOES: NSW KP mangoes still available. Last weeks for mangoes! MELONS: Rockmelons and watermelons a little scarce. PEARS: Corellas, Nashi, Williams and Buerre Bosc in season. Josephines and Packhams should start next week or so. PINES: Topless still eating well. POMEGRANATES: Aussie pomegranates in season. Better value this week. STONE FRUIT: Plums great varieties available still eating and cooking really well. Poach and freeze! VEGETABLES | Still feeling some impacts from the hot weather in January impacting vegetable crops around Australia and prices. Cooler Autumn weather will start to take effect over next few weeks. ASPARAGUS: Cooler weather in Victoria has meant a good Autumn asparagus crop with great value asparagus in season. However, Autumn season for Aussie asparagus is short so buy while available. AVOCADOS: New season shepherds in season. Hass ending soon. BEANS: Sugar snap and snowpeas still scarce. Round beans better value this week. Butter and Borlotti beans available. CAVOLO NERO & KALE: Beaut bunches. GARLIC: Tassie and organic garlic in season. GOOD VALUE: Zucchini, cucumbers and green capsicums. POTATOES & PUMPKIN: Kiflers the pick. TOMATOES: Scarce. FLOWERS: Great value roses.