New season pecans and a recipe too.

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What’s NEW This Week?

Pecans – new season pecans are now available at the market in their shells or as packaged kernels. Kaye and David McNaught from Tweed River Pecans have been busy harvesting. It is that time of year when family and friends gather to help with harvesting. With several tons of delicious pecans already collected and more to go they appreciate all the help they can get. Kaye said that it is a bumper crop this year too – so that is great news. We love it when local growers have a productive season.

David said their pecans are grown in the fertile soils of the Tweed River Valley at Kynnumboon using biological farming principles. This means really nurturing, building and maintaining the soil life. It is based around measuring the microbial life in the soil and then applying the microbes, nutrients, compost teas and compost necessary to have a balanced soil capable of producing healthy trees.

David and Kaye carefully nurture their trees harvesting and packing the pecan nuts to ensure optimum flavour, freshness and nutrition. Apart from being simply delicious there are so many health benefits to eating pecans and here are just a couple:

  • High in antioxidants – one of these being vitamin E, which scientists say may convey neurological and cell protection. The vitamin E in pecans may also play a role in preventing coronary heart disease prevention because it keeps blood lipids from oxidizing in your body, which can be equated with rusting.
  • Pecans are also chock-full of minerals including 245% of the daily value per serving of manganese; 65% of the daily value for copper, critical for energy production in your cells, and 33% each in magnesium (helping to maintain a healthy immune system, nerve function, heart rhythm, and muscle and bone strength) and zinc (for optimal immune function, protein synthesis, DNA synthesis, cell division, and wound healing).

For more nutritional info visit: http://foodfacts.mercola.com/pecans.html

Enjoy a rocket, fetta and pecan salad this week – salads are still delightful during this mild autumn weather. See the recipe below.

Stallholder changes:

Rob from Spice Palace will be back this week after with photos I hope of his newest addition. Missing his oils, olives and spices? Stock up this week.

Brunswick Seed Oysters water quality testing gives them the all clear so Noel will be BACK with oysters and  he has gold band snapper,  Cobia,  fresh cooked prawns,  frozen green prawns and chowder naturally for the many who have bee missing this treat.

Crabbes Creek Woodfired – Jon has the pizza oven again this week for the last week of the school holidays.

Coffee Australia is back. Richard returns with a full supply this week.

Missing from the market:

11th Hour Coffee – Alistair has indicated that he may be ready to return in May if his flood recovery hopes are achieved.

Fortnightly, monthly stall changes: 

Seasonal updates: Blueberry Fields returns in July or August weather depending.

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

Entertainment: Broadfoot

Weather: Partly cloudy with the chance of showers. Overnight temperatures will fall to around 16 degrees with daytime temperatures reaching the low to mid 20s.

Recipe: Rocket, Fetta and Pecan Salad

Ingredients:

  • A good sized bunch of rocket and other mixed salad greens (I love to include torn coriander, mint and cos)
  • Half a large beetroot cubed
  • one orange
  • A good handful of pecans
  • Goat’s feta (2 chunks from Nimbin Valley Goat’s Feta) or their ‘smooth cow’ cow feta

 Method:

Tear rocket and other greens (as desired) into a bowl

Roast small cubes of beetroot in coconut oil and when slightly cooled add to the greens.

Add orange segments cut into pieces.

Toss lightly then dress this with a citrus/olive oil dressing and crumble feta over the top and sprinkle with slightly broken pecans.

Simply divine!

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

  • Apples
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Beans
  • Capsicum
  • Carrots
  • Corn
  • Cos lettuce
  • Cucumbers (Lebanese)
  • Dragon Fruit
  • Mangoes
  • Passionfruit
  • Pears
  • Potatoes (various)
  • Quinces
  • Rockmelons
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelons
  • Zucchini

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,  Pears, Plums, Quinces, Rock melons, Sapotes, Strawberries, Watermelons.

 

Flowers

Gerberas, Lisianthus, Roses, Tropical flowers – currently sassy heliconias.

Eggs – including organic

Nuts – Pecan nuts and macadamia nuts, nut oils, butters and choc coated nuts

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.

Rice and 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.

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.