Open-air fruit & veg operation, Little River/Avalon servo, Princes Hwy, Geelong-bound
The bad news is that price of bananas at Sunshine Fresh Food Market have gone up a couple of dollars since our recent discovery of the place.
They’re still, relatively speaking, cheap but still …
The good news is that if you’re prepared to take a jaunt down the Princes Hwy, or happening to be passing through on the way to the coast, you can grab an armful or three of what are surely the cheapest bananas in Victoria – and maybe even Australia.
Despite having gassed up countless times at the Avalon servo, I’ve never slowed long enough to have a gander at the outdoor fruit & veg enterprise, Mainly because I’m always headed for a long day or night of work and don’t want to leave fresh food in the car all day.
But the above sign, on the highway side about a kilometre before the servo exit, certainly turned my head.
And, going by the story written by my Geelong Advertiser colleague Alex Oates, it’s been turning heads all over, with Geelong locals, tourists and bakeries from all over Melbourne snapping them up.
The bananas are on the small side, as they all are these days, but at that price they’re almost affordable enough to once more become a regular grocery item.
Other than the bananas, I was a little surprised by the prices. They’re competitive, but not – as far as I could tell – super dooper cheap. Though a bundle of parsnips for $2 seemed a pretty good deal. Which begs the question: Why are they, too, so damn expensive?
A permanent structure is being erected for the servo greengrocers, and one is going up across the road for those Melbourne-bound as well.
Good move no doubt, but removes some of the charm, I reckon.