IF YOU'RE after flavour, the best time to buy bananas is now.

That's according to long-time farmer Allan Johnstone, and his wife June, who have been providing the community with fruit and vegies for the past 38 years.

He said due to the recent cool-snap, he's seen a change in appearance.

"When the temperatures sit around 10 or 11 degrees, the sap on the trees doesn't work properly, and instead of being a lovely yellow, we get a dull grey," he said.

But, don't let the colour fool you.

The bunch is thriving in flavour.

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Mr Johnstone carts up more than a utility tray worth of bananas to Mackay each week after they have been freshly-picked in Flaggy Rock.

"We pick fruit 12 months of the year," he said. "We started off selling vegetables, years ago, and we'd come in with two or three hundred cauliflower, cabbages, broccoli and tomatoes."

"Now, we focus on bananas, citrus, lychees and mangoes."

Mr Johnstone said the best thing about selling product at the Mackay Showground Markets was that he did not have to pay for extra freighting and services.

"If you see bananas in the supermarket at anything under $2.50, the grower is losing money," he said.



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