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: IN SEASON Apples, pears, quinces, persimmons, mandarins, Aussie navels.   BERRIES Blackberries, blueberries and raspberries are scarce. NSW blueberries starting soon and look for prices to fall.  CANDY MELONS Try these sweet variety of  honey dew melon with a candy aroma. CITRUS It’s our favourite time of year for mandarins right now with fantastic Imperial mandarins and daisy mandarins starting. Lemons and limes good value. FEIJOAS This fruit is really growing in popularity it grows in Canberra and has a really interesting taste KIWIFRUIT Qld Aussie kiwi Goldkiwifruit great at the moment plus try cute and flavourful red kiwis.  NUTS Walnuts and chestnuts.  PAPAYA Scarce.  PERSIMMONS Hard and soft in season (don’t keep in the fridge). PLUMS Still eating and stewing well (cook and freeze now for later). POMEGRANATE Peak season with magnificent large and very glam Aussie poms in season.  VEGETABLES: IN SEASON Broccoli, zucchini, cherry tomatoes.  ASPARAGUS Imported only.   AVOCADOES Improving all the time as the growing season moves further South. Probably a month until the really good fruit.   PEAS Lovely sweet peas this week.  POTATOES & PUMPKIN Washed Dutch Creams in season also try grammar pumpkin.  TOMATOES Lots of cherry varieties in season. Local Roma and round (Thilmere) tomatoes.  FLOWERS It’s Mothers Day this weekend so many flowers in store. Great roses, tulips and natives.