What’s New 3rd June 2015
Now is the time to fill your market bags with an abundance of colours from the vast range of sweet potatoes, freshly picked carrots, microgreens, winter greens including and this week citrus including limes.
Quarterdeck Organic Citrus returns this week. With about 38 varieties of citrus Phil Buck said that we should see a continuing supply over the next few months as they each come into season. Years of experience in growing, marketing and value-adding citrus means that you will find Phil’s stall overflowing with juices all made from organic home-grown fruit and a variety of fresh fruit to last you from one market to the next.
With the lurgy taking up residence in many homes lemons are a top priority on shopping lists right now. Their strong antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting powers are further enhanced by the benefits of citric acid, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, bioflavonoids, pectin, and limonene which support immunity and assist in fighting infection. So add lemons to your everyday diet for liver cleansing and a host of health benefits.
Doug and Blanch Narbey are looking forward to bringing both Pinkertons and Hass avocados back to the market soon. This pear-shaped Pinkerton species has an easy-to-peel skin, smooth and creamy flesh and a rich and nutty in flavour. The Pinkerton avocado is favoured for its flavour and small seed-to-flesh ratio so you can now plan with confidence lots of avocado rich recipes.
14th June – Farm tour/walk at Cecil Farm Doon Doon.
Only one and a half weeks to go before our Doon Doon Farm Walk so if you haven’t booked in do so now. There are still a couple of vacancies left on each of the two tours – the first leaves at 91.5 and the second at 11.00am.
Local Fusion Foods are AWAY – this week only. John and Lynne are off to Melbourne but will be back at the market on 10th June.
Entertainment: Tamara Cox
Supporting the Community:
Murwillumbah Community Men’s Shed – back this week with more of their very popular camphorlaurel breadboards.
We know fresh vegies are a great source of phytonutrients without necessarily thinking about how unique they each are. One of the primary flavonoids found in the leaves of Swiss chard is “a flavonoid called syringic acid. Syringic acid has received special attention in recent research due to its blood sugar regulating properties. This flavonoid has been shown to inhibit activity of an enzyme called alpha-glucosidase. When this enzyme gets inhibited, fewer carbs are broken down into simple sugars and blood sugar is able to stay more steady. It makes sense to think about chard as a vegetable whose flavonoid phytonutrients are unique and may offer special benefits for blood sugar control.” Of course it has many more great phytonutrients but this is a new one to think about. If you want to know them all please visit.
Information source: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=16
Note: this information is for education only, please consult a healthcare practitioner for any health problems.
If eating more chard excites you – here is a recipe that makes eating it quite delightful:
Swiss Chard and Caramelised Onions
Ingredients for 4
1 large onion, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon brown sugar (or not depending on your personal preference)
1 bunch red Swiss chard, rinsed and chopped
1/4 cup kalamata olives
2 tablespoons capers
1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt, or to taste
freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 lemon, juiced
In a cast iron skillet, cook onions in olive oil over medium-high heat until they begin to brown. Stir in brown sugar, and continue cooking for a few minutes.
When onions are brown and tender, stir in chard and olives. Cook until chard is slightly wilted. Stir in capers and salt, and continue cooking until chard is completely wilted, about 3 minutes. Season with black pepper and squeeze lemon over the top.
Produce of the week (newest season produce is in bold):
- Avocados (Fuertes)
- Cos lettuce
- Cucumbers (Lebanese)
- Dragon Fruit
- Fancy lettuce
- Leafy greens – lots if variety including herbs, kale, swiss chard and many more.
- Red Papaya
- 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, 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)