Merry Christmas and enjoy a salad that zings and crunches!

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Merry Christmas to you all!

The Murwillumbah Farmers’ Market committee wishes all of our market stallholders, members and patrons a very Merry Christmas!

I love the buzz of enthusiastic shoppers arriving throughout the morning every Wednesday. It is wonderful to see the camaraderie in the eating precinct – as families and friends gather to socialise or relax and enjoy the music and the variety of foods offered by our dedicated stallholders. And it is wonderful to know there is such support for our farmers.

All our shoppers from around the Tweed and further afield – the NSW South Coast , Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, and more local regulars from Tallebudgera, Robina, Burleigh, Currumbin to name a few – have really helped us to expand our market and we hope to bring more expansion in 2015.

 So a big MERRY CHRISTMAS to you all and I hope 2015 brings you and your family good health and happiness.

Food and culture market – update

I have been profiling all our designers and artisans on our Facebook page over the past week and will continue to show their amazing creations right up to and including Tuesday. We have 11 designer/artisans bringing their creations this week (several are sharing a stall) so they will be intermingled with our regular stalls – mostly outside but two inside.

Last week you saw some of the amazing creations that will be available this week. Here are some more examples .. from Bon Bon Creations:collage of pendants.jpg.opt340x340o0,0s340x340

 

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Some examples safe_imagefrom Apiwraps  …

 

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This week at the market:

Hopefully more apricots and cherries – if the weather has been kind to their ripening process and the hail hasn’t destroyed them.wvORs

Rock melons from the Cecil Farm stall are sweet and smell superb. So don’t miss these and their new season watermelons. These will both be available through to the end of January and make a great addition toyour Christmas fruit platter.

So many passionfruit at the moment, you can get these delicious 1kg bags for $5 from Jumping Red Ant and Louise looks very happy to be bagging these for you.

 

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Healing Foods Cafe stall will have Nori rolls this week.

 

 

 

 

 

In the New Year we will see plums coming in to the Tanzo apple stall.

Christmas food gift ideas –

If you need some inspiration for those Christmas gifts why not think about consumables such as:

  • Macadamia oil, nut butter, choc coated macas and more at Nudgel Nuts.
  • Grumpy Grandma’s Smoked olive oil from Summerland Olives at Spice Palace – or an array of other flavoured oils such as lemon myrtle or chilli infused.
  • Amazing Christmas biscuits, a gingerbread house or gingerbread Christmas tree at Crumbs and Stuff
  • Packets of award winning sun dried Sicilian herbs and spice flavoured olives from Summerland Olives at Spice Palace.
  • Packets of Tweed River Pecans from Nudgel Nuts.
  • Salted Caramel or any number f artisan conserves from Crumbs and Stuff.
  • Honey from Tweed Caldera Honey
  • Rainbow Fruit Flats especially if hamper involves children

Everyone loves hampers with any number of these items – simply add in fresh apricots and cherries on the day that you give it to the lucky recipient or some Nimbin Valley Cheeses.

Stall Holder Update

  • Crabbes Creek Woodfired will NOT be at the market this week They return on 7th January.
  • The CWA has an abundance of Christmas cakes and puddings in a range of shapes and sizes. Pop along to their stall and have a chat to Jan and Janette.

Entertainment – Guy Kachel

Recipe tip

How to make your salad zing and crunch!

Toss mixed salad leaves with a squeeze of lemon and a splash of olive oil (Summerland lemon myrtle flavoured olive oil is divine – from Spice Palace); mix a selection of torn herbs into the salad to add finesse, finely sliced radishes to add heat and freshly picked cucumbers to add crunch. Now add roasted beetroot and sweet potato cubes and sprinkle the lot with crumbled goat’s feta. Drizzle with garlic infused olive oil and just before serving lightly sprinkle the whole salad with macadamia dukka (from Spice Palace) and a dash of balsamic vinegar and you have a perfect hearty salad to serve alone or with grilled meat or even with turkey for Christmas.

Coming soon!

24th December – Santa comes to town …..

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

  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Beans
  • Beetroot
  • Blueberries
  • Corn
  • Cherries
  • Cucumbers (Lebanese)
  • Paw Paw
  • Pumpkins
  • Rockmelon
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon

 

Seasonal Produce List Updated:

Vegetables

Beans (+organic), Beetroot (+organic), Broccoli, Cabbage, Capsicum, Cauliflower, Chard (organic), Chilli, Cucumber (+organic), Corn (+organic), Eggplant (+organic), Garlic (+organic), Herbs (basil + organic basil, coriander, 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, sunflower, broccoli, chick pea), Mizuna, Onion (+organic), Pak Choi (organic), Potato (Sebago) , Pumpkin (+organic), Salad Mix, Silver Beet, Sprouts (+organic), Spinach (+organic), Sweet Corn, Sweet Potato (+organic), Tatsoi (organic) Tomatoes (+organic), Taro, Watercress, Wheat grass, Zucchini (+organic).

Fruit

Apples, Avocados, Bananas (Cavendish, Lady Fingers and Little Gem), Blueberries, Grapefruit, Lemons, Limes, Oranges (organic), Passionfruit, Paw Paw, Pears, Strawberries

Nuts

Pecan nuts and macadamia nuts

Dairy

Cows milk, cheeses and yoghurt, kefir.

Goats milk and soft cheeses, Kefir

Honey

Raw unprocessed honey, creamed honey and creamed honey with cinnamon!

Breads

A variety of artisan breads baked with organic flours and local market products including macadamia nut bread!

Beef, lamb and pork (All Natural Meat Company), Salami (Nimbin Valley Diary)