What’s GREAT at the Market this Week?
Spring is in the air and we are being blessed with some much needed rain so hopefully this will give our gardens a boost and the bees too! Bees need clean water to do their invaluable work so especially through dry spells it is always a good idea to have a very shallow saucer of water with pebbles in it for the bees to use. They use it for mixing with nectar to make their honey the correct consistency and on hot days they use it to help cool the hive
Altogether, a strong hive needs about 250 mL (about 1 cup) per day but on a
hot summer day this requirement is significantly increased and a healthy hive just going about its business will need as much as a litre – that’s as much as a small dog needs. https://waas.org.au/Blog/4916262
Beautiful spring seems like a good time to shine the spotlight on HONEY too and especially Caldera Honey brought to the market each week by Barry McLean. The exciting news is that Barry now has in his honey range Jelly Bush Honey (that has similar medicinal healing characteristics to Manuka Honey). See the extract about research into this below. Barry has the testing data available to confirm the level of medical benefits of his Jelly Bush honey.
For the 10 most amazing honey recipes you can’t go past according to The Guardian check out their link below. One is a Ricotta, Honeycomb and Hazelnut with Rhubarb compote so enjoy this while rhubarb is still available at the market. I substituted pecans and macadamia nuts for the hazelnuts and it was simply divine. Note – the honeycomb used is the REAL deal honeycomb not the confectionary! I love the Honey cake with citrus passion fruit syrup and who could go past the Honey and star anise panna cotta.
Manuka honey is actually from bees busily collecting nectar from the Australian Leptospermum. This is being studied by a number of universities collaborating – University of Technology Sydney UTS, Sydney University USyd and the Sunshine Coast University USC whose research team is running a project looking at the medicinal Australian Leptospermum honey (aka manuka, or jelly bush) collected from local bee keepers. Chemical analyses of these samples have been done and this bioactivity testing will continue through to the end of the project in 2019.
CHANGES + Seasonal produce
Crabbes Creek Woodfired back this week
Bloom Edible Flowers (and The Natïve Collection) returns this week as a pop up stall.
Nudgel Nuts is back on 12th September
Blueberry Fields returns 12th as a fortnightly stall.
Weather: Mmmmm it could be a wet one! Overnight temperatures will be between 8 and 12 with daytime temperatures reaching around 18.
*REMEMBER* ATM at the market!
We have an ATM onsite for your shopping convenience.
Entertainment: Leigh James
Produce of the week (newest season produce is in bold):
- Blueberries (at Tallogum Raspberries and Blueberry Fields too from lmid September)
- 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, 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 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.