What’s GOOD at the Market this Week?
So many of our winter vegies offer widespread health benefits with cauliflower, broccoli and all cruciferous vegies being excellent in this respect. I recently tested oven roasted broccoli and oven roasted cauliflower and loved them both – crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Why not try roasted cauliflower one night and roasted broccoli another? You won’t be disappointed. Being so fresh straight from the farm to you if it’s surrounded by green leaves it’s likely to be especially fresh.
Here is a link if you like to follow a recipe by Rebecca Bohl: http://paleogrubs.com/roasted-broccoli-recipe
My way: I simply broke the broccoli into florets and sliced up the stem (said by many to be the most nutritious part). Toss these liberally in coconut oil (my preference as it is believed that olive oil can become toxic at temperatures above 180 degrees). After being tossed in oil and sprinkle with sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, and minced or grated garlic. Roast for about 10 – 15 minutes turning regularly. Serve as is or squeeze on lemon juice.
With the cauliflower I was in a hurry so l blitzed it once in the blender to make it smaller and then followed the recipe above. I have also sprinkled it with Spice Palace’s Ras-Al- Hanout for extra zing. All three ways are simply divine!
Dr Mercola says that “Sulforaphane in cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables has been found to significantly improve blood pressure and kidney function.4
… Cauliflower contains a wealth of anti-inflammatory nutrients to help keep inflammation in check, including indole-3-carbinol or I3C, an anti-inflammatory compound that may operate at the genetic level to help prevent the inflammatory responses at its foundational level”.5
For more on its many health benefits and a 5 minute cauliflower and turmeric recipe use this link:
Winter series of Farm Tours completed as Jumping Red Ant – Farm tour at their Duranbah site to be held this week has been cancelled.
Stallholder update for the market this Week?
My Farm Kitchen – Susie returns this week with her beautiful preserves and conserves made using produce from her family’s Weka Weka Farm. Susie is a fortnightly stallholder.
Late update – Wollumbin Gourmet Mushrooms – Gary has just let me know that he has a few mushrooms and some grow bags so will be at the market this week.
Go Earth – Hamish will be back the 1st week of next month with his locally produced compost for all the enthusiastic gardeners.
Grassroots Sugar Cane Juice – back 27th July
Murwillumbah Community Men’s Shed – back next week.
Entertainment: Rob Csokas
Weather Forecast is for: Partly cloudy with a very remote chance of a shower but I think a mostly sunny day. Overnight temperatures will fall to between 11 and 14 degrees with daytime temperatures reaching the low to mid 20s. Perfect weather to enjoy all that the market has to offer.
Produce of the week (newest season produce is in bold):
- Avocados – Hass
- 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.