What’s GREAT at the Market this Week?
Eating with the seasons means that we can really celebrate when one of our favourite fruits or vegies returns so this week let’s celebrate as ………..
AVOCADOS are back! The coastal Fuertes tend to come in a little ahead of those on the Burringbar Range. So this week Jumping Red Ant has Fuertes and NEXT week we will welcome back Doug and Blanche Narbey with their Fuertes too. As specialty growers the Fuerte is the first of the range of avocado varieties that they bring to the market over many months.
One of my favourites – this pear shaped small to medium sized fruit is thin skinned – so Fuertes don’t travel well making them more suited to a farmers’ market. Lucky us! But with their rich nutty flavour and creamy flesh they have a high oil content for avocados and that is probably why they are one of my personal favourites. But I am an avocado lover so I enjoy them all!!
BASIL has been a little scarce this year as some growers have experienced problems with disease. However The Gourmet Salad Hut has beautiful looking basil right now. So if you love your basil, pesto and more then you will be able to pick up basil this week.
Storage tip: Basil doesn’t like being refrigerated so use it soon after purchasing or picking. However to keep basil fresh, trim the stems and place them in a glass or jar of water, just like cut flowers. Loosely cover it and leave it on the counter. Although certain herbs, such as parsley and coriander can be stored this way in the fridge, basil does better at room temperature.
March Madness continues:
- All Natural Meat Co has 4 kilos of delicious free range pork for $44. The pack contains snags, mince, a roast and pork loin chops. Total real cost is around $65 but for March only just $44.. Order via the web month of March only.
- Trish at Deli Café has HOT CROSS BUNS this week and a great special on gluten free pizzabases.
- Rainbow Fruit Flats has bags of dragon fruit for only $10
Welcome back: Belles Kitchen – this week Belinda is back with her beautiful artisan products. If you haven’t tried her muesli it is a must – take some home this week and/or enjoy a Belles Kitchen Brekkie bowl. Made using farm fresh fruit, artisan yoghurt or coconut cream and topped with her delicious muesli no wonder people are loving it.
Also we welcome back the Murwillumbah Mens’ Shed this week. They are bringing their beautiful camphor laurel breadboards and other creations.
Seasonal produce forecast return dates: Pecan nuts will return in April; Blueberry Fields will be back late May or early June.
Absent this week:
- The Cupboard Above the Kettle – however the bonus is that NEXT week Jenny is holding the first of her monthly market talks. A trained naturopath Jenny’s first talk will focus on women’s health and its title is From Hormonal Havoc to Happiness.
Weather: A partly cloudy day but hopefully like last week we will see lots of sun. The daytime temperature will reach the high 20s and maybe 30 degrees so a little more “summer” yet.
*REMEMBER* ATM at the market!
We have an ATM onsite for your shopping convenience. Located beside Flat Earth OrganicsKombucha right at the entry.
Produce of the week (newest season produce is in bold):
- APPLES – new season Royal Galas AND Delicious
- DRAGON FRUIT
- Macadamia Nuts
- Paw Paw
- Potatoes (various)
- Sweet potatoes
Seasonal Produce List Updated:
Beans (+organic), Beetroot (+organic), Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, 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 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
Dairy Free Alternative – Almond Milk at Bangalow Road stall near Nimbin Valley Dairy
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.