Citrus glazed young carrots and new season corn

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Jumping Red Ant – has lots of fresh corn this week.

Everest Farm – has fabulous bunches of beetroot, baby carrots with green tops on and new season zucchinis.

Nimbin Valley Dairy – wonderful goats cheeses

Cecil Farm – freshly picked young carrots, new zucch’s

Sylva Lining Organics – fabulous bunches of organic beetroot and trays of microgreens and organic zucch’s

 Recipe of the week:Market 14

Citrus Glazed Young Slender Carrots

The crunch of the perfect baby carrot just plucked from the ground is the joy of the spring vegie patch. This week Everest Farm has freshly picked young carrots with their green tops intact. So here is another favourite:

  • Slice off the greens (and keep these for your green smoothie or to chop and sprinkle over your salad. They are slightly bitter and reminiscent of parsley but like most green tops (ie beetroot as well they are very nutritious). Why waste them when they can be eaten??
  • Lightly blanche the whole carrot – or steam for just a couple of minutes.
  • Drain and whilst still hot stir through a good chunk of butter, grated nutmeg, orange juice and orange zest plus a dash of lemon or lime juice.
  • Serve as a delicious side dish to any hot meal.

Supporting the community:Men's Shed Bread Boards (5)

Murwillumbah Community Men’s Shed is back this week with their camphor laurel breadboards.

Tweed Shire Council – Draft Sustainable Agriculture Strategy Survey – staff at the market this week for interested shoppers to chat to and complete their SAS survey.

Coming Up …. Tweed River Pecan Farm Walk1625514_663518810370904_1786292816_n-1

When: Saturday 28th November from 10am for a 10.30am start at the packing shed.

The program includes a short introduction to pecan growing by David. He will share insights into the process of pecan production, showing the machinery used. This is followed by a walk around their park like orchard for about 40 minutes.

Reserve this date in your calendar if you are curious about growing pecans and just love the idea of walking through a beautiful pecan orchard. More details on the market’s “What’s New” page.

 

Murwillumbah Farmers’ Market Cooks for You!

When: Wednesday 2nd December 9.30am

Chef Thomas Pirker, Mavis’s Kitchen, Chef Aaron Wilkinson, The Balcony Restaurant and Chef Jean Martinez, Artisan Wholefoods will prepare entrees, mains and desserts using fresh local produce direct from our farmers. Six lucky market patrons will have the opportunity to be guests at our decorated tables to sample 1 course each.
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Designer & Artisan Market – Food and Culture – Creating Connections.

When: Wednesday 2nd December

We are bringing you the opportunity to purchase some amazingly unique Christmas gifts at our annual Christmas designers and artisans inclusion at the farmers’ market on Wednesday 2nd December so follow us on Facebook to see photos of the exciting gifts that will be available. I will also profile some of these each week in this blog.

Here are just a few examples stalls that will be offering unique gift inspirations:

  • Japanese inspired collages, paintings and photos on timber or canvas for wearable and home deco artworks by Mon Manabu.Branch_ae4a82c3-cff9-48dc-9638-04315be563ce_large
  • The Herbal Gardener – Lise Racine offers natural, herbal skin care products that are hand-made on the farm and contain pure calendula oil 100% certifies organic.
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  • Emu beads – in Michele’s words – glass art with a whole. These are spectacular melted glass beads.Emu Beads - the sea from above when the light refracts in bendy ways
  • Jewellery by Juliette Wehling – a range of nature inspired jewellery featuring silver and nature’s bounty plus natural Christmas decorations.
  • Greenbird Gallery – Olive and the Volcano Letterpressnotebooks – perfect for shopping lists, journals, scribbles, thoughts… plus Jo Jackson beads made mostly from upcycled beads. Also amazing artisan conserves such as tomato relish, mango chutney with ginger and dates by Kerstein.      …… And many more tempting gifts.

Entertainment: Kim Banffy – this week we welcome singer and songwriter, artist and altogether the very creative Kim Banffy. Kim has released her debut album “State of Bliss” with songs that are thoughtful, some upbeat about various aspects of life and reminiscent of the 60’s and 70’s singer songwriters with at times a modern twist.

Weather: Partly cloudy – but I think (based on todays info) it will be mostly sunny – for a perfect day with temp range from 13 to mid twenties.

Produce of the week (newest season produce is in bold):

  • Avocados
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  • Beans
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbages
  • Capsicum
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Corn
  • Cos lettuce
  • Cucumbers (Lebanese)
  • Fancy lettuce
  • Fennel
  • Leafy greens – lots of varieties including herbs, kale, swiss chard and many more.
  • Lemons
  • Passionfruit
  • Potatoes (various)
  • Red Papaya
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Sprouts
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini

Seasonal Produce List Updated:

IMG_8181Vegetables

Beans (+organic), Beetroot (+organic), 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), 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).

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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.

Flowers

Gerberas, Lisianthus, Roses,

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

HoneyHoney with new labels

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!10530920_748201308569320_2185722791710658646_n-1

Meat

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 9very seasonal).