What’s New this week?
Simply follow the aroma to find TANZO’s new season apples. YES APPLES THIS WEEK! Tanzo apples Michelle and Rob popped into the market last week and assured me that Gavin will be at the market this week with new season Royal Gala apples! Characterised by a blush of pink on its skin this dense, sweet, juicy apple is the perfect lunch box fruit. So simply and so delicious.
Introduced into Australia from NZ in the early 1980’s, Stanthorpe (where ours are grown) is known for producing the best Royal Gala’s in Australia. http://www.aussieapples.com.au
Michelle also let me know that they will have quinces this week so bring out your quince recipes and enjoy. I know Sarah (from Crumbs and Stuff ) will be stocking up to make her delicious quince paste – just wonderful with cheeses from NVD.
Around the market with our farmers
Our farmers are busy all the year round and I am always keen to provide insight into the diverse production processes for different produce so here is:
by Kaye McNaught from Tweed River Pecans
The orchard has had a wonderful 6 weeks since the last photo: lots of sunshine and rain has made the nuts grow beautifully. They have now reached full size, and the shell inside the green husk is beginning to harden. If we cut open a nut at this stage, the kernel is pure jelly! However between mid February and harvest time the kernel becomes a firm sweet nut!
A downside of the prolific growth of nuts and leaves this summer is shown in the accompanying photo: the branches are sagging right down to the ground with the weight of the crop. David is pruning judiciously to lighten the load on the branches, without losing too many nuts.
Stallholder changes – Nudgel Nuts – is BACK this week but with a limited range. The good news is the new season macadamias and pecan nuts will soon be harvested.
Crabbes Creek Wood-Fired will have bread only this week. The portable brick oven needs some love and attention so John will be busy restoring it to mint working order – ready for next week.
Entertainment this week : Guy Kachel
Seasonal fruit and vegie update:
Mangoes – Everest Farm and Rainbow Fruit Flats have superb mangoes now available at the market. Mangoes picked more recently have a much richer stronger mango flavour and are sweeter than the early season mangoes that we had at the market a few weeks ago. So don’t miss these!
Finger limes available from Urliup Fingerlimes are native to northern NSW and south east Queensland. So let’s promote our endemic fruit now – very popular in international cuisines!
Produce of the week (newest season produce is in bold):
- Cucumbers (Lebanese)
- Dragon Fruit
- Finger limes
- Paw Paw
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, 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), Mizuna, Onion (+organic), Pak Choi (organic), Potato (Sebago) , Pumpkin (+organic), Salad Mix, Silver Beet, Sprouts (+organic), Spinach (+organic), Sweet Corn, Sweet Potato (+organic), Tatsoi (organic) Tomatoes (+organic), Taro, Watercress, Wheat grass, Zucchini (+organic).
Apples, Avocados, Bananas (Cavendish, Lady Fingers and Little Gem), Blueberries, Dragon Fruit, Grapefruit, Lemons, Limes, Mandoes, Oranges (organic), Passionfruit, Paw Paw, Pears, Rock melons, Strawberries, watermelons.
Pecan nuts and macadamia nuts (back in April)
Cows milk, cheeses and yoghurt, kefir.
Goats milk and soft cheeses, kefir
Raw unprocessed honey, creamed honey and creamed honey with cinnamon! And bees wax candles also.
A variety of artisan sour dough breads baked with organic flours and flavours that use local market products including macadamia nut bread!
Beef, lamb and pork (All Natural Meat Company), Salami (Nimbin Valley Diary