What’s GOOD at the Market this Week?
This week we are shining the spotlight Tweed River Pecans. David and Kaye first planted their 500 productive pecans in 1999.
They are grown in the fertile soils of the Tweed River Valley at Kynnumboon using biological farming methods.
David and Kaye carefully nurture their trees harvesting and packing the pecan nuts to ensure optimum flavour, freshness and nutrition.
During winter and being deciduous, the pecan trees lose their leaves, resulting in a stunning vista of delicate silvery branches. Organic compost is spread on the orchard floor, clover flourishes and fixes nitrogen in the soil and cattle are grazed to add to the biological life.
Just before spring is a perfect time to prune. One of the photos shows David pruning out parasitic mistletoe 8 metres up from the back of the ute. If left it will weaken the pecan tree.
Spring sees the trees come alive again as buds swell and new foliage shoots out. Male and female flowers appear, with the wind spreading pollen through the trees to enable fertilisation. The growers are busy irrigating and mowing to keep the orchard floor clean. Pecans can be purchased from the Nudgel Nuts Stall at the market each week.
Inspiring pecan recipes such as
Decadent Pecan Torte (Gluten Free)
AND my favourite Rocket, feta, pecan and beetroot salad.
can be found at: https://murwillumbahfarmersmarket.com.au/recipes-and-tips/
Our winter series of Farm Tours:
Everest Farm – Friday 2nd September – book into this farm visit to see how five generations of farming results in great produce. Bookings can be done via Fb messaging; SMS on 0498733766 or at the market.
Stallholder update for the market this Week?
My Farm Kitchen – back THIS week
Grassroots Sugar Cane Juice has returned.
Fortnightly or monthly stalls:
Murwillumbah Community Men’s Shed – back NEXT week
Go Earth – Hamish will be back the 2nd week of each month with his locally produced compost for all the enthusiastic gardeners.
Entertainment: Rob Csokas
Weather Forecast is for: Partly cloudy commencing with a patchy morning fog. Light winds with overnight temperatures between 7 and 10 and daytime temperatures reaching the low 20s.
Produce of the week (newest season produce is in bold):
- Avocados – Hass
- Custard apples
- Cucumbers (Lebanese)
- Peas – snow peas and shelling peas
- Silver beet
- Sweet potatoes
Seasonal Produce List Updated:
Beans (+organic), Beetroot (+organic), Bok Choy, 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), Kang kong, 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).
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.
Gerberas, Lisianthus, Roses, Tropical flowers – currently red and yellow heliconias.
Eggs – including organic
Pecan nuts and macadamia nuts, nut oils, butters and choc coated nuts
Cows milk, cheeses and yoghurt, kefir, cultured butter ++
Goats milk and soft cheeses, kefir
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!
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).
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.