During May, Sustain Northern Rivers is promoting a month long, region wide campaign Think Global, Eat Local, aimed to increase the number of people eating locally-produced food. What are the benefits of eating seasonal, local food direct from a Farmers Market? Well, here are a few good reasons:
• You know where the food comes from
• You get to meet the farmer and you can ask questions about how it is produced
• You are supporting the production of crops that are appropriate for our environment
• The food hasn’t been trucked across the country or shipped across oceans (contributing to food miles and carbon emissions) or stored for long periods in cold rooms
• The money you spend with your local farmer goes back into our local economy. The farmer spends that money to live and produce more food and the circle goes on.
• Foods grown in sync with the seasons are more in tune with our intuitive nutritional needs. After all, who wants a cucumber sandwich in the middle of winter?
To celebrate the Think Global, Eat Local campaign, the Caldera Farmers Market is hosting a couple of exciting events. More details next week.
As the weather is cooling, the urge for casseroles, pies, crumbles and comfort food is strengthening. The market is brimming with new season fresh ingredients like leeks, kale, beetroot, zucchini, Asian greens, broccoli, cabbage, spinach and sweet potato. If you are a lover of hot curries, you have to try Spice Palace’s Red Harissa – a Moroccan Chilli Paste. Blend it with yoghurt or mix with onions for a curry
base. Absolutely hot and scrumptious!
See you at the market – every Wednesday – 7am until 11am (rain or shine) at Murwillumbah Showgrounds via the Harry Williams Gate.
Lisa Flower – Acting Market Manager