What’s NEW at the Market this Week?
Blueberry Fields is returning to the market this week with their deliciously fat sweet blueberries. They will attend the market fortnightly so weeks 1 and 3 each month. If you have been a longstanding fan of Blueberry Fields blueberries you will be delighted to know that they are finally recovering from last years storm damage that destroyed one million dollars of netting used to protect their crop. I visited the farm several weeks ago and was so impressed at the extent of netted growing areas.
Looking from a distance it was like seeing this huge cloud-like wave that went on forever!
For such a tiny fruit, blueberries pack a powerful punch especially when eaten with a probiotic such as a good natural sugar free yoghurt. Blueberries skins add great fibre to your diet giving you intestinal benefits such as reducing inflammation while providing great antimicrobial and antioxidant benefits. They are also rich in health enhancing polyphenols.
Our week three pop up Mad Mountain Family Farm joins us this week with their unique heritage chilli seedlings and chilli jams and conserves.
Spring means beautiful new growth on so many plants and this prompted Kaye McNaught from Tweed River Pecans to send me their spring news. Kaye said that “on the tips of those silvery branches pecan buds are appearing this week. The trees are waking up from their winter dormancy.” Imagine that!
Kaye and David are busy watering their orchard constantly right now due to the dry weather. It is so important for a productive crop this year that they provide the best conditions to encourage root growth and sap flow. Their delicious pecan nuts are available every week from Rob at Spice Palace.
Barefoot Farm – one of our newer farm stalls brings to the market each week the most delicious chocolate-coated pecans as well as maple roasted and Texan barbecue flavours. Ash and Matt – both chefs who had a passion to farm are now pecan growers in what they say is their “own little piece of paradise”. They personally process and value add to their pecans. also chef as their The Pantry – Eltham Valley that is now open 7 days per week.
Being chefs they have selected only the very best chocolate to coat their pecans – Callebaut’s finest Belgium chocolate. Established in 1911 this family business has since merged with another but remains in Belgium. Over many generations they have refined and perfected their chocolate to produce one with surprising flavours and aromatic top notes loved by chefs.
Ash also brings a range of delicious gluten free slices and individual serve pecan tarts that I find irresistible.
CHANGES + Seasonal produce
Blueberry Fields returns THIS week as fortnightly stall.
Narbey’s Best Avocados will only be at the market for another 2 weeks as it has been a challenging year with low fruiting of their avos.
Weather: SUNNY! With temperatures ranging from 10 to mid to high 20’s – another beautiful day coming up.
Produce of the week (newest season produce is in bold):
- Blueberries (at Tallogum Raspberries and Blueberry Fields too)
- 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 soft cheeses, kefirAND award winning St Billie goats cheese.
Honey – Raw unprocessed Caldera honey, creamed honey and creamed honey with cinnamon! And bees wax candles.
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, pin
k oysters, blue oysters, shiitake and Shimeji available at Wollumbin Gourmet Mushrooms and button mushrooms at Mountain 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.