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 | APPLES: New season Gala’s and Ginger Golds. BERRIES: Strawberries scarce due to heat. Raspberries and blueberries good value. Blackberries available. Organic blueberries. CHERRIES: Last weeks. Fantastic flavour this week. CITRUS: Lemons still scarce should ease soon. Peak season for Valencias as peak of Summer means greener skin on Valencias. FIGS: Peak season for figs, great value and eating. GRAPES: Great range of grapes. Try Sapphire grapes. Thompson Seedless great eating. LYCHEES: Aussie lychees still in season, smaller fruit only. MANGOES: Ending soon. KP’s ended. Honey Gold’s and Calypso available. MELONS: Rockmelons very good. POMEGRANATES: Imported pomegranates only. STONE FRUIT: Great range of plums including Queen Garnett plums. Nectarines still good. ASPARAGUS: Last weeks price affected by diminishing supply. AVOCADOES: Hass, Shepherds and Reid’s all in season. BEANS: Particularly scarce with flowers being burned off a few weeks ago as a result of heat. CELERIAC: Beautiful firm and large celeriac. GREEN VEG: All affected by the heat. POTATOES & PUMPKIN: Sweet potatoes great choice for this time of year. White, purple and orange. TOMATOES: All good. Saucing tomatoes available. Great cherry tomatoes. FLOWERS: Foliage is great at this time of year. Ginger Flowers and Monsterio leaves our pick for look and lasting.