Rocket is prolific at the moment. Being a cool-weather crop it is now available at most stalls in good sized bunches. Long days and warm weather make it bolt, or flower, and bring an unpleasantly bitter flavour to the leaves so enjoy it now in salads and green smoothies.
Rocket is grown year-round hydroponically by The Gourmet Salad Hut.
With its sharp zesty flavour rocket it is one of my favourite greens. Try a strawberry and rocket salad with lemon ricotta or a rocket pesto is wonderful with a range of pasta or rice cracker!
One of my favourite ways to use rocket at this time of year is with other mixed greens so here is my Rocket, feta, pecan and beetroot salad. Take a good bunch of rocket and other mixed salad greens and tear into a bowl (I love to include torn coriander, mint and cos), orange segments cut into pieces, cubes of beetroot roasted in coconut oil. Assemble all these and scatter Tweed River Pecans over the top. Dress this with a citrus/olive oil dressing and then finish by crumbling some Nimbin Valley Dairy goat feta over it all! Simply divine! When rocket is not available I use use very finely shredded kale and sometimes I fry the finely shredded kale in a little coconut oil and garlic!
Chard and other greens including lettuce grow year-round in
temperate areas but are best in the sub tropics in winter and spring.
Like all cooking greens, chard turns bitter when the weather gets too hot.
Lemons are at their juicy best from winter into early summer.
Radishes are at their crunchy best in spring so watch out for these in coming weeks.
What’s New this week:
Murwillumbah Showground Trust will be launching its Waste Management Plan at the Murwillumbah Farmers’ Market this Wednesday – 20th August.
The market will have 1 bin station with explicit signage. The station will consist of 1 x 240 litre red lid landfill bin, 1 x 240 litre yellow lid recycle bin and 1 x 240 litre green lid compost bin.
Non-waxed cardboard containers are to be flat stacked in a neat pile near the bin station for collection by the caretaker. These will then be placed in a special cardboard crate for pickup and recycling.
Healing Foods Cafe – not back until mid October. Date to be advised.
Farmers Choice IS here this week:
Farmers Choice Organics and will be at the market EVERY week from September.
Healing Foods Cafe – Tamar has advised that for personal family reasons she will be taking a 9 week break from the market but plan to return after that time. Tamar sends her apologies for this interruption in trading and thanks her loyal customers.
Miki’s Kitchen Japanese dumplings has ceased trading at the market.
Music this week: Loren
The Chai Harem should be commencing at the market on 17th September with their vast range of chai and herbal teas.
Eco Garden Shop – are hoping to commence on 24th September with their own farm produce based kale chips and other dehydrated and fermented foods and their delicious haloumi and quinoa brekky roll. More to come over the next few weeks!
We appreciate all the interest in the market from potential stallholders and patrons.
Produce of the week:
- Custard Apples
- Paw Paw
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)