What is NEW at the market?
Our market has been so very busy over the past weeks – so busy that we are delighted to welcome Rob and Michelle Costanzo from The Nomadic Kitchen who are joining us this week for the very first time.
Some of you will recognise Rob and Michelle as they have both been associated with the market for many years directly or indirectly.
The Costanzo family has provided the market with a variety of seasonal apples since its inception back in 2011when it was Michelle who greeted you each week.
The Costanzo stall sells seasonal produce from their Stanthorpe orchard and not only apples – BUT it is the apples that have such a wonderful flavour that customers come from all over the Tweed and the Gold Coast area – just to enjoy these apples. Andy – whom we see most weeks now – also bring pears, cherries to delight at Christmas, plus plums, apricots and muscat grapes when each of these is in season. Rob has often been at our market helping Andy when an extra set of hands is needed at peak seasonal times.
This brother and sister duo attribute their love of good food to all the Nona’s and Nono’s from their home village of Stanthorpe and its vibrant community. Rob says “this community is full of amazing food and epic traditions.”
Now Rob and Michelle embrace the creative opportunities presented by the vast range of delicious seasonal produce grown in the Tweed. Chef Rob and dessert expert Michelle are looking forward to delighting our tastebuds with their Sicilian heritage infused into the gourmet breakfasts and delicious cakes they make.
Both Rob and Michelle have travelled internationally and this experience adds an extra element to their creations. Rob was a chef at The River Cafe in London and he also worked his way around some interesting restaurants in Europe, Sicily, New Zealand and Australia.
Being inspired by fresh produce, Rob and Michelle showcase seasonal produce on their menu cooking whatever they feel inspired to create. Their menu is constantly evolving keeping market fans alert and interested. You will spot Rob walking around the market “to see what’s good or what farmers might have lots of …” and so he creates something delicious.
This week The Nomadic Kitchen’s omelette will feature leafy greens from Summit Organics while their bruschetta will feature Madagascar beans grown on their family property at Stanthorpe from seeds acquired by their father from a friend in Murwillumbah. This week’s cake may well be a sponge style roll but it may be a different surprise cake – I wonder??
What is GREAT at the market?
Spring at the farm …
So much is great at all our farms right now so a collage of photos will give you some idea of the variety and richness of produce available.