FRUIT AND PRODUCE
Messrs Henry F. Moss, Ltd., fruit and produce auctioneers, report for the week ended to-day: Light deliveries of all lines have caused a much firmer market, and, if anything, business is restricted on account of the small amount offering. This particularly refers to grain. Good, freshly-picked tpble potatoes are in excellent demand, and wellconditioned lines meet with ready sales. New season’s potatoes are now coming forward steadily, and these will fill a great want in the market. Good, bright, heavy oat sheaf chaff is very scarce, and considerable inquiry is experienced. Oats, wheat, and barley are in very short supply, and the same may be said of good clover hay, which is almost unprocurable. Chaff.—Prime black oat, £4 17s 6d per ton ; white oat, £4 15s; medium quality, £3 5s to £3 7s 6d per ton. Straw.—A fair quantity of this arrived dining the week, and the market is slightly easier. Oaten, 40s to 45s per • ton; wheaten, 35s ton. Wheat.—Good whole fowl wheat is scarce, and worth 5s 9d per bushel; broken wheat, 4s 6d per bushel. Feed barley, 4s to 4s 3d per bushel. Clover Hay.—Nice green lines, £4 10s per ton. Ryegrass hay, £3 10s per ton. Oats.—Good inquiry. A Gartons, Sparrowbills, 2s lOd per bushel; B’s, 2s 9d ; Danish and Algerian, 2s 6d ; Duns, 2s 9d per bushel (sacks extra, on trucks. Dunedin). Crushed barley, 9s per cwt. Onions.—The market for these is bare. Some new season’s have arrived from Melbourne, but the quality of same is not altogether satisfactory. Ruling price to-day is 17s per cwt. Potatoes, £6 per ton. Poultry.—Prime young fat ducks, up to 5s 6d per pair ; fair quality, Ss ; roosters, 4s 6d to 4s 9d per pair; medium quality, 3s to 4s; hens, plump, up to 3s 6d per pair : turkeys, Bjd per lb for cocks, hens to 7d per lb. Eggs.—These have been in better demand, and, as usual at this time of the year, inquiries for Christmas have already begun to be felt. Guaranteed stamped, Is Id per dozen ; ordinary cased, ll|d to Is. Rutter.—Bulk, 9Ad per lb ; pats, 9d per lb. Honey.—Bulk clover, slow of sale, per lb; J)lb pats, 2s per dozen; 11b pats, 5s per dozen; poor-colored honey, 3d per Fruit.—The fruit market is being lightly supplied this season. So far, overseas shipments have met with really good demand. This particularly applies to American and Canadian apples, and also American oranges and Victorian cherries. Walnuts are in short supply, and readily saleable. Strawberries are coining forward steadily, and well-conditioned linos are meeting with ready demand. Tomatoes arc in somewhat short supply, while good cucumbers are readily inquired for. Apples.—American and Canadian bushel boxes, extra choice, 15s per case; large size fruit, 15s to 14s per case. Bananas.—A shipment is due to arrive here about Monday, and these should meet a good market. Oranges.—A shipment is duo to arrive in time for Christmas trade. Lemons. —The first shipment of Italian are on the market, and are selling at 22s 6d for half-boxes (ISO's), and 21s 6d for 150’s. I’ines.—Choicest quality. 10s to 12s per case. Strawberries. —Owing to the unsatisfactory weather smaller quantities of strawberries have been coming into the market, and any dry and firm fruit meets with ready sale at a satisfactory price, as high as Is Id per pottle being realised. Some loose strawberries sold at auction realised as high as 8d per lb. .Tam sorts, 6d to 7d. Cherries.—Choice locals. 9d to per lb; Victorian crates, ns high ns ols per crate.
Tomatoes.—Choice Christchurch, hothouse grown, Is per lb; Nelson hothouse, ripe, lOd per Ibj green, 9s to 11s 6d per 241b box. Plums.—Early varieties, 7s 6d to 8s 6d per box. Rhubarb, 2d per lb. Green Peas. —Very short supply, 2£d to 3d per lb. New potatoes.—Choice Auckland grown, 2d per lb ; locals, 2£d. Cabbages, large heads, 4s 6d per sack. Cauliflowers, 5s 6d per sack for best, 4s for fair quality. Japanese peanuts, 3d per lb.
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FRUIT AND PRODUCE, Evening Star, Issue 15674, 12 December 1914