So what does it mean to shop seasonally?

Let’s face it – food shopping is a big chuck of a household’s budget. Yet, if we learn to shop seasonally, our budgets can stretch to purchase more fresh food that is nutritional, delicious and environmentally sustainable.

So what does it mean to shop seasonally?
Jean Martinez, local Chef, wholefood cooking teacher and sustainable food columnist for the Tweed Valley Weekly invites you to a cooking demo at the Caldera Farmers Market next Wednesday on how you can reduce your food cost using seasonal foods. Jean will use market produce available on the day to create some low cost and delicious meals using wholesome, local, fresh and seasonal produce. This is a free workshop. Everyone is welcome. Workshop starts at 9.30am.

Samosa sales help our community
Did you know that every time you buy a samosa from Brendon and Narelle at the Sri Govinda Dham’s market stall, you are helping feed Murwillumbah’s homeless and disadvantaged? The Sri Govinda Dham stall helps offset the cost of providing a free vegetarian lunch at the Murwillumbah Community Centre every second Tuesday. Now that’s got to make the samosas taste even better, if that’s possible!!

While on the subject of helping community, Zahavit from Bio Organic Farm has recently returned from Nepal where she volunteered at a remote school, helping prepare meals for the school’s 80 students. Zahavit was both humbled and saddened by the severity of poverty, but delighted to work with teachers to provide a wholesome meal for many malnourished children. With
funds donated from Caldera Farmers Market stallholders and customers, she was also able to purchase school resources like books, pens, paper and crayons. Zahavit is happy to share her story; she’s at the market every week.

Lastly, a big thank you to Jonathon from Ju Jus Café in Murwillumbah for donating a $100 dinner voucher for our farmers’ lucky draw. Jonathon is a chef and passionate advocate of buying local, seasonal produce for his every changing menu.

See you at your farmers market – every Wednesday – 7am until 11am (rain or shine), Murwillumbah Showgrounds via the Harry Williams Gate.

Lisa Flower – Acting Market Manager