Customers in South Australia have been paying a punnet premium for strawberries, thanks to inclement weather conditions interstate. In recent weeks, scarce supply has seen prices skyrocket to more than $7.That means that a strawberry season that began with a needle contamination scare, is now concluding with fears of a shortage.
Last Spring, there was the very unfortunate needle contamination scare, forcing mass disposal of the fruit. The big dry since, South Australia's driest start to the year on record, has been kind to this year's crop - strawberries aren't fond of the rain. Even our above-average falls in May were mostly absorbed by dry soil.
With the South Australian season coming to an end, fruit from Queensland is usually shipped in to stock shelves at this time of year. But months of rain in the sunshine state has delayed those supplies by a few weeks, leaving local customers high and dry - with prices to match.
But there is good news: Queensland and West Australian fruit is now arriving at the Central Market. So according to 7news.com.au, prices should start to drop to under $3 a punnet.