New season Fuerte avocados and ever popular Costanzo pears

There is so much to love about eating locally and seasonally and this week we have new season Fuerte avocados at the market at Jumping Red Ant and new season pears at Costanzo Apples.

Summer salads are still perfect during this warm autumn weather so how lucky are we that avos are back! They are the perfect complement to any great salad.

 Eating seasonally fills me with absolute joy when  fresh produce I have been missing returns and I love the Fuertes. When Briana from @jumpingredant sent me their video and photo of their new season Fuertes being picked and sorted I was a thrilled. I hope you are too.

Being grown along the coastal strip means that these avocados ripen a little ahead of those even slightly inland. This buttery avocado does not keep well once ripe so plan to eat immediately – you will love the flavour

In case you missed our late edit of last week’s post we were thrilled to welcome  Fabian Fabbro and Jodie Vicaars of Woodland Valley Farm to the market last week with their delicious pastured hen eggs. They sold out really early so will bring more this week but be quick so you can enjoy these delicious eggs. 

 Why are their eggs so great? As Fabian and Jodie said “the hens days are jampacked pecking, scratching and creating wonderful dirt day spas, in shady hide-aways. They also love selecting from a fresh smorgasbord of bugs, insects and pastures, as they move around daily. In addition, we serve up a nutritionally balanced soy free mash daily and provide a constant source of fresh water to ensure the optimum health and happiness for our hens.”

 

Costanzo’s new season pears have arrived so along with their new season Royal Gala and Fuji apples there is great choice.

Stallholder Changes this Week: 

BACK THIS week: Nudgel Nuts (Ian is back again this week and next and then away for about 3 weeks so stock up now) and in case you missed them last week One Organic seedlings.

Mad Mountain Family Farm – our week 3 pop up is with us this week with their vast array of 🌶🌶chillies, chlli products and herbal teas. 

ABSENT due to seasonal variations:

  • Narbey’s Best Avocados – returns June – sadly later than ever due to a poor season again.
  • Tweed River Pecans will reappear at Spice Palace in April
  • Barefoot Farm – returning May
  • Blueberry Fields – season has ended – returning July
Photo credit to Three Sons Coffee Cartel

Foods to enjoy: We have a vast range of food for you to enjoy with your cuppa while you linger and enjoy the beautiful music of Loren after your shopping is done! 

Banh Mi at Vietnames Lotus (photo credit Sheridan Rogers)
Croissants and French Pastries by Huckleberry Bakes

Foods to enjoy: We have a vast range of food for you to enjoy with your cuppa while you linger and enjoy the beautiful music of Loren after your shopping is done! 

Karage - dog by Oki Food; photo credit Junju Oki
Fresh juices, smoothies and brekky bowls at Super Smoothies; photo credit Bronwyn Yeldham

Entertainment: LOREN

Food to enjoy: We have a vast range of food for you to enjoy with your cuppa while you linger and enjoy the beautiful music of Loren after your shopping is done! 

Weather Partly cloudy with a medium (60%) chance of showers most likely in the afternoon and evening. The chance of a thunderstorm. Light winds. Daytime temperatures will reaching around 30  so very similar to the last few weeks.

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

  • Apples – new season Royal Galas AND Fuji
  • Bananas
  • Beans
  • Capsicum
  • Cucumbers
  • Dragon Fruit
  • Eggplant
  • Microgreens and sprout
  • Passion fruit
  • PEARS
  • Radish 
  • Raspberries
  • Tomatoes
  • WATERMELON – at Summit Organics
  • Zucchinis

Seasonal Produce List Updated:

Vegetables

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).

Fruit

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 –Pastured hens eggs at Woodland Valley Farm stall and organic eggs at Sylva Lining Organics

Nuts – Pecan nuts and macadamia nuts, nut oils, butters and choc coated nuts (macas back in season late Feb early March)

Olives – a variety of olives and semi dried Tuscan Treats plus olive oils

DairyCows milk, cheeses and yoghurt, kefir, cultured butter ++ Goats milk and soft cheeses, kefir

Honey – Raw unprocessed Caldera honey, creamed honey and creamed honey with cinnamon! And bees wax candles.

BreadsA 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.

 

 

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