Organic zebra tomatoes + snowpeas + turnips

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What’s New this week?Zebra tomatoes

Organic zebra tomatoes: available at the Bio Organic Farm stall these little gems are a tasty treat.

** Snowpeas are abundant now and are  such a wonderful addition to salads and stir fries. Available at: Sylva Lining Organics, Cecil farm stall and Jumping Red Ant.65960_1029000703779125_6547204175540379278_n

 

 

Turnips: a tasty comforting root vegetable – the turnip – is generally grown as a temperate climate vegetable and used to be the main source of sustenance for the English peasantry before potatoes took on this role. Perhaps this is why it is often referred to as the ‘humble” vegetable.

turnip-garden-17257207Turnips are perfect for soups, pies, for roasting and in stews and casseroles. Larger turnips necessarily develop tougher skins and a stronger flavour, but are great for mashing and or adding to soups and stews. Like most root vegetables, turnips are a great storage vegetable to use when you want to keep eating locally throughout the winter.

Winter turnips have a pungent and peppery flavour and turnip leaves can also be eaten as winter greens resembling mustard greens in flavour. They can also be steamed, stir-fried or grated into salads.

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Root vegetables become tender and more deeply flavoured when cooked slowly in a little liquid.

This creamy-white skin with a lovely purple, red or greenish upper part where the taproot has been exposed to sunlight is a member of the cabbage family.

For inspiring turnips recipes such as:

  • Marinated roast duck with beetroot compote and baby turnips
  • 12 hour braised lamb shoulder
  • Three pepper chicken chilli

Visit this site: http://www.lifestylefood.com.au/recipes/collections/turnip-recipes.aspx/?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Re

The farm stall carrying turnips is:

  • Jumping Red Ant

 Stallholder updates:

Just a reminder that Nudgel Nuts and Chai Harem are both back. Ian and Leone from Nudge Nuts will be taking three weeks off towards the end of August so I suggest stocking up on your pecan and maca supplies in the next week or two.

Also Quarterdeck Organic Citrus is back for another 2 weeks with Emperor mandarins.Mandarin-Emperor-1625

 Coming soon:

Next week:

  • Come and meet botanical artist and horticulturalist Julia Hancock and hear about her latest project. Last year Julia was in Laos where she learned that a new botanical garden would be opening in Luang Prabang in 2017. More research led to the realisation that establishing the gardens would be beyond the financial means of the Lao government so a request had gone out for funding.

Experts from both the Royal Botanic Garden, UK and the Singapore Botanic Gardens are lending a hand regarding the landscaping and plant selection, but they still need hard cash for the infrastructure.

Julia decided the best way she could help would be to hold a fundraising event here in the Tweed and on Saturday 8 August she will be selling her entire collection of botanical art. All the profits from the sale of her paintings and drawings will go to the gardens, together with the profits from the garage sale that is being held in conjunction with the art show. Find out more about it from Julia when you come to the markets.

  • Julia decided the best way she could help would be to hold a fundraising event here in the Tweed and on Saturday 8 August she will be selling her entire collection of botanical art. All the profits from the sale of her paintings and drawings will go to the gardens, together with the profits from the garage sale that is being held in conjunction with the art show. Find out more about it from Julia when you come to the markets.
  • Otto Saek from Blueberry Fields has contacted me to let me know that he will have fresh blueberries at the market in about one month.

Entertainment:

Matt Aitchinson – Matt – known by his stage name Favourite Son is joining us for the first time this week. Matt is a Murwillumbah music producer and performer Matt Aitchison. Matt’s music career spans almost 20 years, and has taken him to festival stages all over the globe. He brings you his fresh and local tunes.  Favourite Son’s music conjures the feeling of a tropical sunset on the beach. Sunsoaked dance and downtempo beats meld with lush keyboards, warm melodies, percussion and vocals. Matt’s new ‘Sonrise’ EP will be for sale at the market.

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 Weather: A sunny day with a chilly 6 degrees start up to a maximum of 20 degrees this week so here’s hoping it will be a sunny day

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

  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbages
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Corn
  • Cos lettuce
  • Cucumbers (Lebanese)
  • Custard apples
  • Fancy lettuce
  • Fennel
  • Leafy greens – lots if variety including herbs, kale, swiss chard and many more.
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Mandarins
  • Oranges
  • Passionfruit
  • Pears
  • Red Papaya
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Sprouts
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Taro
  • Turnips

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, barley greens, 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, Dragon Fruit, Grapefruit, Lemons, Limes, Mandoes, Oranges (organic), Passionfruit, Paw Paw, Pears, Rock melons, Strawberries, watermelons.

Nuts

Pecan nuts and macadamia nuts (back in April)

Dairy

Cows milk, cheeses and yoghurt, kefir.

Goats milk and soft cheeses, kefir

Honey

Raw unprocessed honey, creamed honey and creamed honey with cinnamon! And bees wax candles also.

Breads

A variety of artisan sour dough breads baked with organic flours and flavours that use local market products including macadamia nut bread!

Meat

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