What’s GOOD at the Market this Week?
So much is great but this week we are shining the spotlight on strawberries and blueberries! How fortunate we are to have these sweet, succulent morsels of delight so early in the season. In the past blueberries have not arrived at the market until well into spring! With this abundance why not make a spectacular dessert this week? Combine both strawberries and blueberries in a small glass bowl or even small glasses for individual servings (they look spectacular together); add a good dollop of Nimbin Valley Dairy yoghurt or a cultured cream. This combination looks sensational and tastes even better.
Not only do berries taste delicious they offer so many health benefits. Dr Mercola says that unless you overeat them you cannot go wrong with berries of all kinds. He lists a whole host of benefits including that: “they contain the powerful phytochemicals such as ellagic acid that provide antioxidant protection, as well as directly inhibit the DNA binding of certain carcinogens. Berries are also excellent sources of vitamin C, carotenes, carotenoids, zinc, potassium, iron, calcium and magnesium; they’re high in fibre and low in sugar”.
Strawberries and blueberries are extra good for heart health. Also great for heart health are avocados with their mono saturated fats and high levels of potassium.
If you want more berry health details visit this site: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/01/28/berries-reduce-heart-attack-risk.aspx
Rainbow Fruit Flats has strawberries (along with lots of delicious dried fruits and fruit dessert sauces). Blueberry Fields are located next to Nimbin Valley Dairy.
Chai Harem has a range of chai teas – warm and cold and also some great smoothies and breakfast bowls so enjoy some nourishing and nurturing food and beverage this week .
Our winter series of Farm Tours: Everest Farm – Friday 2nd September. More details coming soon.
Stallholder update for the market this Week?
Murwillumbah Community Men’s Shed – back this week with their broadening range of camphor laurel boards
Grassroots Sugar Cane Juice – back in August
Fortnightly or monthly stalls:
My Farm Kitchen – Susie is back next week
Go Earth – Hamish will be back the 1st week of next month with his locally produced compost for all the enthusiastic gardeners.
Weather Forecast is for: Partly cloudy with the chance of morning fog. Overnight temperatures will be around 7 degrees with daytime temperatures reaching 19 and 22 degrees.
Produce of the week (newest season produce is in bold):
- Avocados – Hass
- Custard apples
- Cucumbers (Lebanese)
- 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.