What’s GREAT at the Market this Week?
Hale the hearty fennel! This sometimes under appreciated vegie is simply delicious roasted in a similar way to roasting cauliflower and broccoli florets. Roasted vegies are my favourites throughout the cooler months as roasting seems to bring out a delicious sweet rich flavour in most
vegies. To roast fennel simply cut off the stalks and slice the bulb into 2 cm thick wedges. In a bowl coat the fennel wedges with GrumpyGrandma’s olive oil (from Spice Palace) – approx. 1 tablespoon per bulb and 1 teaspoon per bulb of balsamic vinegar. If you arrange these in a baking tray in a single layer they should be roasted in approx 30-40 minutes. Roasted, fennel caramelizes at the edges and loses its crunch but takes on a delicious flavour enhancing any meal. YUM!
The licorice notes so strong in raw fennel are somewhat subdued when it is oven roasted or caramelised on the stove top. I love fennel finely shredded or shaved and sprinkled over a salad. It adds a great flavour to a tossed salad. Add a few orange or mandarin segments and some pecan pieces and your salad will sing
For more fennel inspiration try the fried fennel and mushrooms recipe below.
Fennel bulbs are available at the Jumping Red Ant
stall although only in small quantities at the moment. In June Summit Organics will have organic fennel – it is almost ready to pick!
Stall Holder changes:
- The Murwillumbah Mens’ Shed will join us this week with their camphor laurel boards.
- Vietnamese Lotus – back in two weeks as Mal and Laura enjoy their travels.
COMING SOON and CHANGES – Seasonal produce updates:
- Fingers crossed and weather permitting Blueberry Fields returns next week.
- Narbey’s Best Avocados will be absent during June as they wait for their Hass crop to be ready for harvesting. Doug knows to be patient and that is why his avocados are always so delicious.
RECIPE: Fennel and Gourmet Mushrooms
1 bulb fennel sliced thinly
500 grams oyster mushrooms (or any combination from Wollumbin Gourmet Mushrooms) sliced
Parsley – a handful chopped
Heat 2 tablespoons of oil of choice (I like a combination of coconut and butter) in pan and add in all ingredients cooking on a medium heat until tender. Add salt and pepper to taste
Weather: It may be partly cloudy with temperatures ranging from an early 9-12 degrees to a warm day in the low to mid 20’s.
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Produce of the week (newest season produce is in bold):
- Apples– Sundowners + Granny’s
- Dragon Fruit
- Macadamia Nuts
- Pecan nuts
- Paw Paw
- 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.