What’s GREAT at the Market this Week?
Once rare at our farm stalls we now have an abundance of celery – delicious crunchy celery picked the day before especially for the market by Summit Organics and Bio Organic Farm and Sylva Lining Organics. YUM!
So this week we are shining the spotlight on celery and all its benefits and uses. This is a vegie that many home gardeners find difficult to grow well – being shallow rooted with high nutrient and moisture requirements – we are very excited that our farmers have plenty to offer.
Not only is it great as sticks in school lunches it also has many benefits being an excellent source of antioxidants and beneficial enzymes, in addition to vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin K, vitamin C, potassium, folate and vitamin B6. Celery also demonstrates both antioxidant nutrients and anti-inflammatory activities that help improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels, as well as prevent heart disease. It is low in calories and nutrient dense so a great vegie to snack on.
Did you know celery leaves and seeds are not only edible but also have great beneficial properties. For example, celery leaves make a great addition to stir-fries and soups and I use them in my green smoothie every day so don’t waste these. (facts thanks Dr Axe – https://draxe.com/benefits-of-celery/ if you want more info).
Celery is not only perfect to munch on raw or in a Waldorf Salad (diced apple+celery+pecans and dressed) served with diced cooked chicken on a bed of rocket); celery can be enjoyed cooked braised in stock or cream, added to stir fries and as a great flavour in stocks and casseroles. So pick up a bunch this week and have fun experimenting.
Enjoy breakfast at the market this week. Why not?
Greg from Chai Harem has several breakfasts on his menu including pancakes:
- Traditional is a rich buckwheat pancake topped with apple compo, strawberries, rosewater cream and cinnamon. (gf, sf)
- Cream Mushroom is a rich buckwheat pancake topped with creamed mushrooms, tomato, yogurt, baby spinach, sweet chilli sauce and a touch of hazelnut dukkah! (gf, sf)
And he has three different Breakfast Bowls that are an invigorating fruit mix topped with yogurt, granola, strawberries, banana and fresh mint. Select from acai berry or coco banana or super green (gf, sf) Greg has offered a special breakfast deal this week: purchase a Classic Chai with any of these for only $3 (save $2).
Vietnamese Lotus, Nourished Live Foods, Sri Govinda Dham and Mt Warning Bakehouse also offer delicious brekky options so check out the choice this week.
Regular Recipe Inspiration – If you love experimenting with recipes you may want to sign up for Local is Lovely’s author, blogger and farmer Sophie Hansen from Orange. She sends out an uplifting email each Monday. This week she shares a Rum and Pumpkin Cake recipe and a recipe for a savoury granola.
CHANGES + Seasonal produce
Absent this week: Nudgel Nuts – BUT Spice Palace will have their macadamia oil.
Crabbes Creek Woodfired – Gina will be back 5th September. Huckleberry Bakes will bring their bread for this week – their last week.
Coming in September: Blueberry Fields
Weather: A mostly sunny day after a foggy start with temperatures ranging from around 6 to the mid 20’s. YEAH!!
Entertainment: Phil and Tilley – this very popular duo bring their alternative folk music to the market this week.
Produce of the week (newest season produce is in bold):
- Blueberries (at Tallogum Raspberries and Blueberry Fields too from late August)
- 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 muscatgrapes,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.
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!
Dairy – Cows milk, cheeses and yoghurt, kefir, cultured butter ++ Goats milk and soft cheeses, kefir AND award winning St Billie goats cheese.
Eggs – including organic.
Flowers – Gerberas, Lisianthus, Roses, Tropical flowers – sassy heliconias – when in season.
Honey – Raw unprocessed Caldera honey, creamed honey and creamed honey with cinnamon! And bees wax candles.
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 season.
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.
Nuts – Pecan nuts (Tweed River) and macadamia nuts, nut oils, butters and choc coated nuts (Nudgel Nuts plus Barefoot Farms roasted and choc coated pecans.