What’s NEW this week?
- Watermelons and rock melons are back this week. These are two fruits that shout out summer is here. Chilled and served juiced or cubed they are refreshingly cooling. Watermelons need temperatures above 25 degrees to thrive but if the humidity is too high they are prone to powdery mildew. Cecil Farm grows their rockmelons and watermelons at their Doon Doon farm as well as on their land out past Kyogle where the weather is slightly less humid than on the coast.
- Our last 2015 Food and Artisan Market is THIS week. With 10 artisan stalls to help you with your final gift selection you will be thrilled to find a gift with a difference. After this market there are only 6 more shopping days so avoid the crowds and buy a unique gift while supporting your local artisans. Further down this post is a list of the artisans with some photos of examples of their unique creations.
- Only two (2) more market Wednesdays until Christmas! So place your orders for Christmas ham – Peter and Lee have advised that they will only have boneless ham this year.
- Chai Harem have Christmas Gingerbread men and biscuits – only $3 each
- Local Fusion Food has raw Christmas Puddings
Other Christmas ideas include:
- Lani – and her bagel stall are also carrying her extra special handmade Gingerbread Houses – so if you are looking for that special table piece Lani has it for you.
- Xmas wreath’s made from nature. Jony Taylor at Tropical Flowers (relocated inside the pavilion this week and next to Bagels) is taking orders.
- CWA has mince pies, Christmas cakes and puddings (gluten-free also available at the market) and other Xmas treats.
Supporting the community:
- Murwillumbah Community Men’s Shed back with their camphor laurel breadboards. Such great value and excellent gifts – so stock up for Christmas and gifts during 2016 AND
- CWA’s Xmas Stall – with so many Xmas cakes and puddings to choose from plus a vast range of other Christmas goodies to eat and share.
Food and Artisans – Xmas Encore When: 7.00am – 11.00am
Some photos from our stallholders to help you plan your gift purchases:
- Emu beads – Michele’s makes these exquisite and exclusive, spectacular glass beads – many are nature themed. Buy ready made jewellery or create your own by selecting the beads you want from Michele’s stall this week.
- Greenbird Gallery – Olive and the Volcano Letterpress notebooks – perfect for shopping lists, journals, scribblers, … plus Jo Jackson beads made mostly from upcycled beads; Samantha White’s A Happy Home designer crocheted homewares – natural jute and cotton tubs, placemats and coasters – to bring that earthy authentic look to you decor.
- Gravity Accessories – by Cheryl Watson who creates denim bags with original vintage retro panels; cotton fabric hats; cotton retro style scarves; cotton fabric earrings and cushions for her Bay Street Collective. Cheryl will also bring along clay jewellery by Bronwyn Russell-Collins
- Japanese inspired collages, paintings and photos on timber by Mon Manabu.
- Renee Jeffery’s ceramics fun, whimsical ceramics. She originally trained in printmaking and then retrained as a ceramic artist and merges the two disciplines by enfolding hand thrown ceramics in images. She draws inspiration from children’s literature and every day peculiarities.
- Samantha Boomsma with Homestead and Cos natural, sustainable handcrafted wraps for keeping food fresh and free of contaminants found in plastic wraps.
- Juliette Wehling Wrathal – Artist, painter and jeweller . In her art practice and life Juliette’s work is a juxtaposition of materials and creative craftsmanship – soldered, bent and woven. It is an eclectic mix of vine wreaths, drawings and paintings; upcycled clothes and hand made raw chocolates. She will also have tagged elkhorns and staghorns and fossicked rocks to inspire.
- The Herbal Gardener – Lise Racine offers natural, herbal skin care products that are hand-made on the farm and contain pure calendula oil 100% certifies organic.
- Anaya Carroll has written and published four books for children from age 7 to preteens – with help from Balboa Press. The series is called ‘Conversations with My Soul Self’.The books promote emotional resilience and encourage healthy self-esteem and coping skills. The stories cover topics such as bullying, emotional meltdowns, blended families, domestic violence, the death of a loved family member, anxiety, managing energies and much more.
- Chris Degenharht – an artist and story writer is sharing a stall with Anaya. Over the years Chris has worked in diverse styles: pointillism, fractal abstract, stereoscopic imagery. Chris is bringing cards and prints most of my work depicts elements of the Tweed valley flora and fauna. Chris is well known around the local market scene having supported it for 12 years.
- elke & ko by Elke – her first range ‘Wild’ explores nature reflects her recent travels in Europe where the Norwegian forests and fjords had a strong influence. She designs each piece and plots them into a CAD program for laser cutting. Each piece is cut and polished into beautiful pieces of wearable art. Elk also creates Egyptian Faience pieces – glazed ceramic in a style learnt from her auntie. Each firing and piece is individual and unpredictable. When combined these two styles create a wonderful balance of colour and metal.
Elke is also selling some handmade clothes created with her mother.
Entertainment: Rob Csokas
Weather Partly cloudy; 60% chance of showers in the morning and early afternoon..Daytime maximum temperatures range is mid to high 20s.
Fingers crossed that this changes before Wednesday!!
Produce of the week (newest season produce is in bold):
- Cos lettuce
- Cucumbers (Lebanese)
- Fancy lettuce
- Leafy greens – lots of varieties including herbs, kale, swiss chard and many more.
- Potatoes (various)
- Red Papaya
- Rock melon
- Sweet potatoes
Seasonal Produce List Updated:
Beans (+organic), Beetroot (+organic), 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), 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).