Peas, capsicum and market food choices

Produce Update:

Wonderful vegies at this time of year with lots of pumpkins, cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce, kale, coriander and PEAS available at many of the fresh produce farm stalls.

Fresh peas in their pod are already in great supply. When buying peas, look out for bright green, slightly waxy pods that are full but not bulging. Peas that are too big in their pods indicate over mature peas. Always avoid ones that are discoloured, dry, wrinkled or split. Of course because the peas at the market have not travelled far or suffered from being stored it is not likely that you would have to avoid any!

Three pea stirfry01 mainTry the three pea stir fry from the Heart Foundation website but adjust the oil and honey to suit your taste. Summerland Olive oil from Spice Palace would provide a gentle flavour! Don’t forget to bring your own bottles for this oil. Photo is courtesy of the heart Foundation website.

Amazingly the farms that are located in frost free areas are still producing capsicum and tomatoes – generally crops grown in warmer weather or with the help of hot houses such as those at the Bio Organic Farm. The photo below is from Brianna – John’s daughter  taken at Jumping Red Ant’s Bilambil Farm site. image_1

Strawberries are in full season at Rainbow Fruit Flats and surprisingly they still have late season dragon fruit. Look out for custard apples and pawpaw. I have been enjoying the most delicious sweet paw paw purchased last week from Clothiers Creek Fresh Produce.



On Tuesday I will post on Facebook my Chocolate Orange and Almond cake recipe baked this week with oranges from Quarterdeck Organic Citrus.

Market fun and leisure

It was wonderful last week seeing shoppers enjoying such a wide range of food choices at the market. Tables were packed with people enjoying the warm of the sun and the vast array of choice such as:

–     Ever popular pizzas from Gina and Jon at Crabbes Creek Wood Fired10563192_741538442572255_6518736172859234426_n

–     Dumplings and Inari sushi from Miki and Taka at Miki’s Kitchen

–     Smoked salmon bagels and bagels of all descriptions from Ulani and Juliette at Beagle and the Bagel.

–     Koobideh Kebabs from Pegah and Ben

–     Samosas from the Narelle and Derek at Sri Govinda Dham stall

–     Pies and savoury or sweet muffins from Trish at Mt Warning Bakehouse

–     Mediterranean savory tarts from Duska at Spice Palace

–     Cupcakes from Vishnu at Simply Divine Cupcakes

–     Gluten free chocolate brownie and biscuits from Sarah at Crumbs and Stuff.

–     Coffees and teas from Alistair at 11th Hour and Persian Chai from Koobideh!

Also popular were smoothies from Krshna Organic Farm and Rainbow Fruit Flats.

This week don’t forget to stock up on Mediterranean Spice blends from Spice Palace.

Other produce:

Eggs are still in still in short supply. Hopefully the warmer days will encourage more laying soon!

Stall changes this week:

Healing Foods Café is NOT at the market this week.

Farmers Choice Organic Seedling -a fortnightly stall – is NOT at the market this week.

Music this week: LOREN

Coming Next Week – a guest speaker on 6th August

Next week Tony Butros from Lifestream Health will be giving a short talk on the importance of high brix or high nutrition gardens/ soil and how it affects our cells/DNA.

Tony does ongoing research on the benefits of a plant based diet, soil nutrition/health, emotional and mental health and how that relates to our every day health and success. Tony runs workshops on how to get the nutrition back in the soil, workshops on diet, nutrition, emotional and mental health. He has had Naturopathic clinics in Sydney, Blue Mountains, Grafton, Beenleigh, Lismore, Tweed Heads and presently in Murwillumbah


Thanks Tony – this should be most enlightening.

Produce of the week:

  • Apples
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Broccoli
  • Custard Apples
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Oranges
  • Peas
  • Paw Paw
  • Pumpkins
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Beetroot


Produce List Updated:


Asian greens (+ organic), 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, Microgreens (+ 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).


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


Pecan nuts and macadamia nuts


Cows milk, cheeses and yoghurt

Goats milk and soft cheeses, Kefir


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


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)