Orders for our all-Tasmanian fruit and veg boxes are now open for April!

Orders for our all-Tasmanian fruit and veg boxes are now open for April! To place an order, just let us know by email what box type and optional add-ons you’d like on each of the following dates.

  • 3rd April
  • 9th April (THURSDAY)
  • 17th April
  • 24th April

If you’re ordering for the first time or you’re changing your delivery/pick-up status you’ll need to specify which of these two options you’d prefer when ordering, along with any items you’d like excluded. New and existing customers are also welcome to order a single box to try the service first, and as an added incentive, delivery (normally $5 or $6 extra depending upon area) is free with your first box. Delivery is available in a wide range of areas, and we also offer third-party delivery to locations in the Huon and the east coast.

With the current corona virus situation, we’re aware that demand is high for home delivery of produce, and that many of you are especially keen to support local producers. The good news is that there’s plenty of produce ready to be eaten, although the price of some market driven crops has been heading upwards as demand in the retail sector booms. Eating fresh fruit and vegetables will certainly feed a healthy immune system, and we’re doing all we can do deliver this in a way that’s safe for both us and you. If you want to be sure that you can get your fix of BB fruit and veg we recommend setting up a subscription, as we’ll prioritise these over casual orders in the likely event that demand outstrips what we can manage.

Please note, whilst we usually don’t offer boxes in the week of Easter, this year due to huge demand we will be offering boxes on the 9th of April (the Thursday before Good Friday).

We will continue to offer our fruit supplement ($10 extra) although due to narrowing range of fruit we’ll discontinue our fruit only boxes. Apples and pears are being picked now and are at their peak in Autumn, and quinces will also begin to make an appearance. Strawberries are also at their best, preferring the mild temperatures of autumn and spring to the hotter conditions in summer. Raspberries and blackberries will also be available, and we may see some more exotic fruits like feiojas, tamarillos and kiwi fruit.

We’re moving into brassica season – cauliflower isn’t far off, and hopefully demand on broccoli will settle, allowing the prices to become viable for inclusion in the boxes. Hydroponic growers will continue to supply tomatoes, eggplant and capsicum for a month or two longer, and nuts won’t be far off. Avocados will continue to be available for the next month or two also, both in boxes and as an optional addon.

Juice is back this month – we’re offering both Huon Valley Juice company fresh-pressed apple juice (2L) and also Lucaston Park’s shelf-stable apple, and dark cherry and apple juice (300mL). These products make great use of locally grown fruit that isn’t pretty enough to make it onto the shelf.

Hot Cross Buns from Imago are available to add to your order on the 3rd and 9th April – at $3.5 each they’re on the deluxe end of the spectrum, and something to lift the spirits during pretty dark times.

We’re also offering the opportunity to support Moonah Primary School’s Kitchen Garden program – they usually sell a range of preserves to raise money at the Taste of the World event, but as this event has been cancelled this opportunity is not available. All preserves are $6 each, and all proceeds go to the program. Click here to see the full list – we’ll do our best to fill your orders but please be aware that these are small batch products and when they’re gone, they’re gone!

Please email orders@backyardbounty.com.au to order for April or for any enquiries, and we’ll get back to you soon! If you’d like to receive this monthly post by email please sign up here; email address that have previously received this by email will no longer do so unless they sign up for the new self-managed mailing list.

*Photos are examples of boxes from April 2019 which will broadly reflect what’s seasonally available this April.