If you're sick of paying too much for vegetables, only to find they last all of three or four days in your refrigerator, consider taking a drive out to Sciberras Fresh Fruit & Vegetables in Freemans Reach. While it is a sixty-odd kilometre drive, I am convinced that the combination of price and freshness - even taking petrol into account - saves money and results in less food wastage because it stays fresh longer.
As you drive over the historic (and now contentious) Windsor Bridge across the Hawkesbury River, you’ll pass through fields with orderly rows of cauliflowers and broccoli on your way to this well-stocked store. These healthy fields hold a good indication of the quality and range you’ll find at Sciberras Fresh Fruit & Vegetables, because eighty percent of the fruit and vegetables are sourced from their own farms, and nearly everything else they sell is locally grown.
Dirty Désirée potatoes from here are a revelation – not surprising, because the journey from digging them up, to arriving at this store only takes a day.
Being a high turnover store, larger vegetables like pumpkins, are often priced per piece rather that by the kilo, which makes the checking out process quick (and means careful selection can pay off).
On one visit, we spent forty bucks and picked up two bunches of silverbeet, two kilos of dirty potatoes, one kilo of baby potatoes, a giant parsnip, a bunch of beetroot, green beans, eight Lebanese cucumbers, a dozen carrots, mint, basil, four corncobs, cos lettuce, Brussels sprouts, garlic, a kilo of onions, ginger, two heads of broccoli and a bag of snow peas.
On each visit the range has been slightly different, varying by what’s seasonally available. Keep your eyes peeled for jars of their homemade strawberry jam - it's so full of fruit it's easily one of the best strawberry jams I've tried.
Friendly staff load up your fruit and vegetable bonanza into cardboard boxed, meaning you’re not even taking home a bunch of excess packaging.
I'm so convinced by the savings, I make my own pilgrimage out to Sciberras Fresh Fruit & Vegetables once a month, teaming my visit with a trip to M & A Butchery, which you can read about HERE.
Sciberras Fresh Fruit & Vegetables
364 Kurmond Road, Freemans Reach
Ph: (0417) 442 741