What’s GREAT at the Market this Week?
How can you produce capsicum throughout the year?
On the Bio Organic Farm Tour this Saturday 4th August at 10.00am you will see how they do it and much more. The farm tour itself is FREE so no bookings required. Included on 4th is the option of purchasing brunch while at the farm. Arvi and Oogie will share guiding you on this the farm tour so you will hear about how the farm was originally established – how Arvi leanrt about about growing vegies organically and what Oogie is planning for the future.
Awesome avocado August has arrived with a variety of avocados at the market this week.
Did you know that avocado fruit matures but does not ripen on the tree, so farmers can essentially store the fruit on the tree and control the yield of their harvest. However in years when yields are low and this year they are generally low in the northern rivers then spreading the picking season across many months doesn’t work. Let’s enjoy our locally grown avos while we can.
This week we are thrilled that Doug and Blanche at Narbey’s Best Avocados are back this week with their new season Hass. This is the one that changes skin colour as it ripens – green to purple black and tends to have a longer season. If we are really lucky Doug has enough to keep picking for a few more months.
Will at Everest Farm has been picking avocados from the very back of his property so this is supplementing the choices at the market right now and Jumping Red Ant has early season Reed avocados.
We have an abundance of silver beet at our organic farm stalls: Summit Organic, Sylva Lining and Bio Organic Farm and masses of coriander too – this is also at The Gourmet Salad Hut.
Below is a recipe for coriander pesto or if you prefer Rob at Spice Palace has it already made for you and Abby at The Gourmet Salad Hut has coriander pesto and sometimes a coriander and basil pesto mix.
Summit Organics and Everest Farm have deliciously sweet bunches of carrots that you have to taste to believe!. Successfully growing carrots is in this area is an art that Rod Bruin shared with us during Summit Organics farm tour on Saturday.
Rainbow Fruit Flats has some 🍓strawberries but only for the early birds. As the season progresses quantities will be increasing.
RECIPE – Coriander Pesto (with mint if desired)
2 cups of fresh coriander (or 1 ½ cups coriander + ½ cup mint)
¼ – ½ cup Nudgel Nuts macadamia sprinkles
2 cloves garlic
½ cup olive oil (add more if required to get the consistency correct)
juice of 1 or 2 lemons
Salt to taste
Optional: You can also add a handful (approx 1/3 cup) of grated parmesan cheese if desired.
Place all ingredients in food processor except the oil and blitze while pouring the oil in a slow steady stream until a beautiful paste has formed. I like to taste it and adjust according to taste.
CHANGES + Seasonal produce
Absent this week and next: Nourished Live Foods – Jess and Jan will be back on 8th August. We hope they have a lovely break.
BACK during August:
Blueberry Fields will be back later this month. Otto’s latest update is that they still are short on supplies and have very few buckets and as most of us love their buckets we can wait a little longer and build our anticipation.
Weather: Another perfect sunny “winter’s” day with temperatures ranging from 7 to the low 20 degrees
*REMEMBER* ATM at the market!
We have an ATM onsite for your shopping convenience.
Entertainment: Sticky Rock Duo
Produce of the week (newest season produce is in bold):
- Blueberries (at Tallogum Raspberries and Blueberry Fields to from mid to late August Blueberry Fields)
- Snow Peas
- Sweet potatoes
Seasonal Produce List Updated:
Beans (+organic), Beetroot (+organic), Bok Choy, (+organic) Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Capsicum (+organic), Cauliflower, Chard (organic), Chilli (+organic), Cucumber (+organic), Corn, Eggplant (+organic), Fennel, Garlic (+organic), Herbs (+ organic basil, coriander, fennel, ginger, rocket, turmeric and more), Kale (+organic), Lettuce (cos organic), Fancy Lettuce and mixed salad greens, Micro greens (+ wide variety of organic such as alfalfa, barley greens, sunflower, broccoli, chick pea, radish and pea srouts), Peas incl snow peas (+organic), Mizuna, Onion (+organic), Mushrooms, Pak Choi (organic), Potato (Sebago) , Potatoes (kipfler ++), Pumpkin (+organic), Salad Mix, Silver Beet, Sprouts (+organic), Spinach (+organic), + Egyptian spinach, Sweet Potato (+organic), Tatsoi (organic), Swedes, Tomatoes (+organic), Taro, Turnip, Watercress, Zucchini (+organic).
Apples, Apricots, Avocados, Bananas (Cavendish, Lady Fingers (organic also), Black muscat grapes, Blueberries, Carambola (star fruit), Custard apples, Dragon Fruit, Grapefruit, Grapes, Kiwi fruit (organic), Lemons + Limes (incl organic), Lychees, Mangoes, Mandarin (organic), Oranges (organic), Passionfruit, Paw Paw, Pears, Plums, Raspberries, Rock melons, Sapotes, Strawberries, Watermelons.
Flowers – Gerberas, Lisianthus, Roses, Tropical flowers – sassy heliconias.
Eggs – including organic
Nuts – Pecan nuts and macadamia nuts, nut oils, butters and choc coated nuts
Dairy – Cows milk, cheeses and yoghurt, kefir, cultured butter ++ Goats milk and softcheeses, kefir AND award winning St Billie goats cheese.
Honey – Raw unprocessed Caldera honey, creamed honey and creamed honey with cinnamon! And bees wax candles.
Rice and Breads – A variety of artisan sour dough breads baked with a diversity of organic flours
(including spelt and rye) and many flavours that use local market products including macadamia nut bread!
Mushrooms – Gourmet mushrooms – king oysters, white oysters, pink oysters, blue oysters, shiitake and Shimeji available at Wollumbin Gourmet Mushrooms and button mushrooms atMountain View Eggs.
Meat – Beef, pork and goat (All Natural Meat Company produced), Salami (Nimbin Valley Diary) periodically + lamb and chicken sourced within the broader market radius and locally caught fish – very seasonal.