What’s GREAT at the Market this Week?
Bananas – we are so lucky with locally grown and ripened bananas at the market throughout the year. Sometimes we can take them for granted!! Do you remember the cyclone that destroyed the north Queensland banana plantations and the panic that was on to find bananas AND the prices that went through the roof. When there is a scarcity we panic! (Photo by Ryan Fowler Photography)
Bananas are universally loved by babies to sports people for their easily digested and absorbed carbohydrates that provide us with long lasting energy. Ignore fast foods and enjoy a banana for your mid morning munchies. And they are so versatile! They are great as a base for smoothies, ice blocks ( banana and coconut milk plus a handful of strawberries blended and frozen – YUM!), cakes, fruit salads and desserts. Now they also feature in a flourless banana pancake. For this recipe visit: http://paleoleap.com/flourless-banana-pancakes/
Other recipes are at http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/collections/banana+recipes
See the recipe below for my favourite flourless banana pancake recipe.
Will and Dan at the Everest Farm Stall are always happy to help you find the right bananas for you and your family.
Coming soon – 26th October – cooking demo with Jonathon Evans from Ju Ju’s
Watch as Jono deftly prepares and cooks a traditional gnocchi made using potatoes and flour. Of course there will always be a surprise element so don’t miss this cooking demo where you will be given tips to make the perfect gnocchi. And to inspire
you further he is planning to use Wollumbin Gourmet Mushrooms and
Nimbin Valley Dairy’s cultured cream in the sauce for one and the other will be served with a delicious tomato salsa with market basil, Grumpy Grandma’s olives and olive oil.
Lots of fresh herbs will feature! Come along and enjoy.
Stallholder update for the market this Week?
Fortnightly or monthly stalls:
Murwillumbah Community Men’s Shed – at the market NEXT week.
My Farm Kitchen – back in approx. 4 weeks. Susie has arrived back from her Tassie jaunt to discover that the farm hasn’t any ripe fruit. Her jaboticabas (and lovely jelly) should be ready in about 4 weeks.
Go Earth – Hamish will be back the 2nd week of each month with his locally produced compost for all you enthusiastic gardeners.
Entertainment: Rob Csokas
Weather Forecast is for: a warm sunny day. Overnight temperatures will fall to between 10 and 13 with daytime temperatures reaching around 30 degrees. A very warm spring day!
Recipe of the week: Flourless Banana Pancakes (or pikelets)
I love to keep it simple and quick so here is my recipe:
One ripe banana mashed and then blended with 2 well beaten eggs. Add one tablespoon coconut flour and ½ tsp authentic vanilla essence and 1/8th tsp baking powder. Mix together. Using coconut oil or butter heated place spoonfuls (one dessert spoon full for each pikelet or 1/4 cup for a pancake) into a small pan over a medium. Flip gently when it has bubbles on most of the surface. Enjoy with your favourite topping. Delightful with Blueberry Fields blueberries and some frozen raspberries topped with cream.
Produce of the week (newest season produce is in bold):
- Avocados – Hass
- Cucumbers (Lebanese)
- Peas – snow peas and shelling peas
- Silver beet
- Sweet potatoes
Seasonal Produce List Updated:
Beans (+organic), Beetroot (+organic), Bok Choy, Broccoli, Cabbage, Capsicum, Cauliflower, Chard (organic), Chilli, Cucumber (+organic), Corn (+organic), Eggplant (+organic), Garlic (+organic), Herbs (basil + organic basil, coriander, fennel, ginger, rocket, turmeric and more), Kale (+organic), Kang kong, Lettuce (cos organic), Fancy Lettuce and mixed salad greens, Micro greens (+ wide variety of organic such as alfalfa, barley greens, sunflower, broccoli, chick pea), 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), Sweet Corn, Sweet Potato (+organic), Tatsoi (organic) Swedes, Tomatoes (+organic), Taro, Watercress, Wheat grass, Zucchini (+organic).
Apples, Avocados, Bananas (Cavendish, Lady Fingers (organic also) and Little Gem), Blueberries, Carambola (star fruit), Custard apples, Dragon Fruit, Grapefruit, Grapes, Kiwi fruit (organic), Lemons + Limes (incl organic), Mangoes, Mandarin (organic), Oranges (organic), Passionfruit, Paw Paw, Pears, Rock melons, Strawberries, Watermelons.
Gerberas, Lisianthus, Roses, Tropical flowers – currently red and yellow heliconias.
Eggs – including organic
Mushrooms – gourmet mushrooms from Wollumbin Gourmet Mushrooms and general mushrooms from Mountain View Eggs
Pecan nuts and macadamia nuts, nut oils, butters and choc coated nuts
Cows milk, cheeses and yoghurt, kefir, cultured butter ++
Goats milk and soft cheeses, kefir
Raw unprocessed 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 range of organic flours (including spelt and rye) and flavours that use local market products including macadamia nut bread!
Beef, lamb and pork (All Natural Meat Company) and goat, Salami (Nimbin Valley Diary) periodically. + lamb and chicken sourced within the broader market radius and locally caught fish – very seasonal).
Locally harvested oysters by Noel Baggalay from his Brunswick and Tweed Rivers oyster farm. Seasonally caught local fish, prawns and other seafood as it becomes locally available.