What’s GREAT at the Market this Week?
Cool as a cucumber! Why? Because having a high water content fresh crunchy chilled cucumbers are especially cool and refreshing. They are naturally hydrating and offer so many nutritional benefits too.
Cucumbers originated in India almost 10,000 years ago and are more popular than ever now in many recipes from around the world. We all know the traditional Greek salad! Simply combining tomato, cucumber, onion, capsicum, olives and feta sprinkled with oregano and salt we can enjoy a delicious salad daily. Whisk oil and vinegar with a dash of crushed garlic for a simple dressing and voila! Sooo good!
Why not make a cucumber and mint raita this week – cooling to the palette when e
ating hot spicy foods. Add to whisked yoghurt some coarsely grated cucumber and finely chopped mint
with salt and pepper to taste – YUM. For a more detailed recipe visit https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/cucumber-mint-raita-109803 orhttps://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/traditional-indian-raita-242185
For a cool summer soup using cucumbers see the cucumber and tarragon recipe below.
In the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece, and Rome, cucumber was very popular and it was not limited to food. It was also praised for its beneficial effects on the skin. Full
of vitamins and minerals including silica – a trace mineral – that helps to strengthen connective tissue – cucumber is both versatile and delicious.
All the farm stalls have cucumbers so stock up this week and ENJOY!.
Recipe of the week: Cucumber and Tarragon Soup
This refreshing soup is simply made in a blender by adding in a couple of chilled cucumbers, fresh tarragon leaves, garlic, freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice and about a cup or so of yoghurt. Blitz and then add olive oil to achieve a smooth consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve topped with a light turn of black pepper and finely choppe
Note: If you are a coriander fan then add coriander to the blender in the first step.
MANGOES are wonderful right now too so stock up as they freeze really well. You can find these at Jumping Red Ant and Everest Farm stalls.
Also delicious and cooling this week are brekky bowls from
Chai Harem. The photo shows their favourite brekky bowl. They also have an acai bowl plus their very refreshing frappes and iced chocolate chai teas.
Seasonal, Fortnightly or Absent Stallholder Changes this Week:
WELCOME BACK this week: Absent this week:
- Bangalow Road Almond Milk – alternating with Belles Kitchen – bring us their delicious almond milk, almond chai latte to go and cold pressed coffee to go made using their almond milk.
- The Cupboard Above the Kettle is are now offering a neck and shoulder massage as well as Jenny Kenneally-Clark’s wonderful advice on using medical herbs.
- Tropical Delights – possibly their last pop up with tropical flowers and plants this week so stock up.
Absent this week: Costanzo Apples – Sundowners have finished but they will begin picking new season Royal Galas early February. YEAH ? By mid February we should see their muscatel grapes come on line too. ??
Coming Soon: Watch this space for info on a new local egg producer who will be popping up soon.
Season has ended for: Avocados, macadamia nuts, pecan nuts. They will return in April.
Last week we said farewell and thanks to Richard at Coffee Australia. Richard has been expanding his popular barista school at Brunswick Heads and sadly can no longer fit the market into his busy schedule.
It is the Murwillumbah Men’s Shed’s final week for a couple of months as they take a break to create and restock so if you are planning a great gift stock up this week.
Weather: ☀️A beautiful mid summer day with overnight temperatures falling to around 20 and daytime temperatures reaching the low to mid 30s.
*REMEMBER* ATM at the market!
We have an ATM onsite for your shopping convenience.
Entertainment: Mark Ridout AND FREE kiddies activities too thanks to The Family Centre volunteers – esp. Amanda.
Produce of the week (newest season produce is in bold):
- Blueberries (fresh blueberries only for another week or two)
- DRAGON FRUIT
- Lettuce and lots of leafy greens
- Paw Paw
- Potatoes (various)
- Sweet potatoes
Seasonal Produce List Updated:
Beans (+organic), Beetroot (+organic), Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, 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 Potato (+organic), Tatsoi (organic), Swedes, Tomatoes (+organic), Taro, Turnip, Watercress, Zucchini (+organic).
Apples, Apricots, Avocados, Bananas (Cavendish, Lady Fingers (organic also), Black muscat grapes, 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, Plums, Raspberries, Rock melons, Sapotes
Flowers – Gerberas, Lisianthus, Roses, Tropical flowers – sassy heliconias.
Eggs – including organic
Nuts – Pecan nuts and macadamia nuts, nut oils, butters and choc coated nuts
Dairy – Cows milk, cheeses and yoghurt, kefir, cultured butter ++ Goats milk and soft cheeses, kefir
Honey – Raw unprocessed Caldera honey, creamed honey and creamed honey with cinnamon! And bees wax candles. Jelly Bush is occasionally available.
Rice and Breads – A variety of artisan sour dough breads baked with a diversity of organic flours (including spelt and rye) and many flavours that use local market products including macadamia nut bread!
Mushrooms – Gourmet mushrooms – king oysters, white oysters, pink oysters, blue oysters, shiitake and Shimeji available at Wollumbin Gourmet Mushrooms and button mushrooms at Mountain View Eggs.
Meat – Beef, pork and goat (All Natural Meat Company produced), Salami (Nimbin Valley Diary) periodically + lamb and chicken sourced within the broader market radius and locally caught fish – very seasonal.