Our best wishes to Des Cecil of Cecil Farms Stall who is in Lismore Hospital after getting on the wrong side of a very strong cow.
What’s New This Week?
Salads can be nourishing, refreshing AND delicious OR unimaginatively boring. This week it will only take the combination of Grumpy Grandma’s olive oil from Rob at Spice Palace and balsamic or apple cider vinegar from our newest stallholder Matt and Anna of Byron Bay Gourmet and your salad will be transformed. Byron Bay Balsamic vinegars are not only perfect for salads they are also wonderful used in dressings, marinades and over fruit. Created in their commercial kitchen at Mullumbimby – Matt and Anna were inspired while on a European adventure where they enjoyed the diversity of Europe’s glorious food markets.
Balsamic vinegar has been made by reduction in Italian kitchens for centuries, mentioned in recipes as far back as 1046. The most sought after balsamic now is over 100 years old and costs thousands of dollars per litre. Italians believed that good vinegar was an elixir of life, long before science could prove the health benefits now attributed to it. Check out the benefits of vinegar consumption on ‘Dr Google’.
So…… Matt and Anna looked for a local vinegar producer and found one only a couple of hours drive from home. Their base product was fabulous Anna said and making reductions has enabled them to infuse the amazing tastes of the Northern Rivers Bush into their vinegar to make their stunning Byron Bay Bush Balsamic that includes Lemon Myrtle, Cinnamon Myrtle, Aniseed Myrtle and Strawberry Gum. Look out for Matt and Anna this week AND try a sample!
Karen and Cassie from Possums Preschool Condong and Pottsville Community Preschool – respectively. Karen and Cassie are hosting craft activities in our family area under the marquee provided by Family Centre.
Sadly blueberries have finished a little earlier than expected. Otto said that they hoped for more fruit from their summer variety but this is not so – perhaps the summer heat. Apparently blueberries they can just suddenly stop fruiting and this is what has happened. We look forward to their return in about July or August.
Fortnightly, monthly stall changes:
- Cecil Farms Stall – return date to be advised based on Des’s recovery.
- Blueberry Fields – season finished
- French Patisserie back in February
- Go Earth Organic Compost back first week in February
- Nudgel Nuts – returns in March
- Narbey’s Best Avocados returns late March or early April
- Blueberry Fields returns in July or August weather depending.
*REMEMBER* ATM at the market!
We now have an ATM onsite for your shopping convenience.
Entertainment: Rob Csokas – relax and enjoy the rich vocals of Rob this week.
Weather: Hot and mostly sunny with daytime temperatures reaching 34 to 40 degrees – another hot one!
Produce of the week (newest season produce is in bold):
- Cos lettuce
- Cucumbers (Lebanese)
- Dragon Fruit
- Potatoes (various)
- 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), Lychees, 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.