Mouthwatering watermelons and rockmelons AND apricots!

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What’s NEW this week?

The taste of summer has arrived with watermelons and
rockmelons and apricots at the market this week. Chilled and served juiced or cubed they are refreshingly cooling.

Both Cecil Farms and Everest Farm stalls have these summer melons in abundance. 

Des and Donna Cecil and Everest Farm grow the seeded red tiger watermelon
variety as it is the tastiest. Interestingly, watermelon grower – Anthony Rehbein featured on the ABC last summer says the seeded varieties are better eating fruit and so do all his pickers who prefer the seeded although he markets the unseeded due to buyer preference. As a specialist grower watermelon producer harvesting 100 tonne a day for eight weeks during summer he really knows his melons.

How to choose a great melon: Mr Rehbein says that before picking they “give it a little ‘love tap’ so that they know that the melon is solid and full inside”.

So let’s celebrate and support local market growers Des Cecil who  and Will Everest and his brother who bring their locally grown melons to the market each week from now until the season ends. Everest also have seedless if that is your preference.

Costanzo Apples has apricots (outside beside the seafood stall) and there will be more stone fruit coming soon.

Fortnightly, monthly or seasonal stalls:

  • Country Women’s Association: Jan and Janice of the CWA are here this week and every week in December with their traditional Christmas cakes and a range of festive foods.
  • Murwillumbah Community Men’s Shed: At the market this week and every week in December with their timber bread boards, pens and more.
  • Go Earth: Hamish will be back in the second week in December (this week) with his locally-produced compost for all you enthusiastic gardeners.
  • Belles Kitchen – last week this week for Belinda and her artisan foods. She will be back mid January 2017.

And an extra bonus this week:

Homestead and Co – Sam and Carol’s waxed cloth food covers – a safe and sustainable alternative to plastic – have been so popular they are back with us this week.

*REMEMBER* ATM at the market!
 We now have an ATM onsite for your shopping convenience.

 Entertainment: Mark Ridout – new to our market – Mark is a very popular musician. He has an uplifting and positive folkroots style.

 

Weather: A beautiful sunny summer day with a forecast maximum of 31 degrees or more so find a spot under the trees or bring your beach umbrellas if you like so that you can linger and enjoy our music and all that the market has to offer!

 

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

  • Bananas
  • Beans
  • Blueberries
  • Capsicum
  • Carrots
  • Corn
  • Cos lettuce
  • Cucumbers (Lebanese)
  • Fancy lettuce
  • Leafy greens – lots of varieties including herbs, kale, swiss chard and many more.
  • Passionfruit
  • Potatoes (various)
  • Rockmelons
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Sprouts
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelons
  • Zucchini

 

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, 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).

Fruit

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, Tropical flowers – currently red and yellow 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

Honey

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!

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 – very seasonal).

Seafood

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. Prices vary from week to week subject to conditions and availability.