What’s NEW at the Market this Week?
A very exciting update. Otto from Blueberry Fields has just contacted me to let me know that blueberries are back THIS WEEK. Otto said that the rain has helped them along and they are a good size so for all our blueberry bucket lovers bring your buckets back and replenish. If you have not yet enjoyed a bucket try one this week you will not be disappointed.
Otto said that the blueberries are doing well as they take great care with soil biology and use an integrated pest management practice. This is wonderful news as it means that they are growing their blueberries without using pesticides – using organic growing practices although they are not certified organic.
Many people are aware of the plight of our bees. We simply cannot underestimate the vital role that bees play in our food production. Transporting pollen is so necessary for the vast majority of fruit and vegetables. On the Cecil Farm walk a visitor asked about bees and as we surveyed the paddocks of produce it was easy to see which plants required bees and which vegies were not dependent on the action of these busy little insects.
Did you know that not only is a good raw honey anti bacterial, antifungal, anti viral – it is believed by some that eating local, raw honey also introduces local pollen into your body possibly assisting you to gradually develop a tolerance to and so lessening the effects of seasonal allergies? Whether fact or fiction eating local is best for so many reasons.
Barry McLean of Caldera Honey produces the honey he sells with bee hives on Mt Nullum or when flowering is unproductive there he moves them to the coastal heath areas. The honey is raw honey – it has not been heated, pasteurized or processed in any way and so it maintains its full integrity. It is an alkaline-forming food that contains natural vitamins, enzymes, powerful antioxidants and other important natural nutrients.
Our winter series of Farm Tours continues in July with:
All Natural Meat Co – Doon Doon – Monday 4th July 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Only 25 minutes from Murwillumbah on Doon Doon Road at Kunghur this open day includes a farm talk, animal viewing and petting, sausage sizzle and meat sales. A $10 donation at the gate will be given to the Tweed District Rescue Service. Inquiries for this open day can be sent to:
Jumping Red Ant – Thursday 7th July – Bilambil site – The last week in May John planted the first of his winter planting – bok choy, broccoli and cauliflower so a visit to his Bilambil site will gives us a birds eye view into the rate of progress with these winter favourites.
Please book your spot on this tour at the market or on fb or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sylva Lining Organics – Saturday 9th July – Euengella
Jumping Red Ant – Thursday 14th July – Duranbah
BioOrganic Farm – new date to be advised.
Stallholder update for the market this Week?
Absent this week are:
Nudgel Nuts – away for two weeks so back the first week in July.
Seafood – Brunswick Seed Oyster has been affected by all the rain and so will not be available for the next week or two.
Narbey’s Best Avos – back in JULY with their new season Hass avocados.
Weather Forecast is for: With a little luck this week we will keep up our run of beautiful sunny winter days. The forecast is for partly cloudy with only a small chance of a shower in the morning. The temperature will range from a chillier 9 degrees to a pleasant daytime temperature in the low 20s.
Produce of the week (newest season produce is in bold):
- Cabbage (Cecil Farm and others are near to being ready)
- Custard apples
- Cucumbers (Lebanese)
- Dragon Fruit
- Kang kong
- 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.