With beautiful spring-like days already here the market offers a wide variety of farm fresh produce at a range of stalls from organic to hydroponic and many in between. The choice is yours. After all that shopping you may be looking for a refreshing drink to quench your thirst. David Hynd is now a regular stallholder with his Grassroots Sugar Cane Juice made from locally grown and harvested sugar cane. The market also offers lemon and lime cooler and a lemon myrtle and sparkling apple juice thirst quencher.
Sugarcane juice is consumed worldwide and is a traditional food with a strong presence in the local cultures where it is grown. Places such as Brazil and India which are significant producers although it is grown in over 100 countries.
Popular at so many markets, David said that sugarcane juice is so much more than just sugar. It is sugar cane pressed in its raw unrefined form providing an abundance of vitamins and minerals such as calcium, chromium, cobalt, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium and zinc. It also contains iron and vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B3, B5, and B6. Combined with ginger or lemon it makes an enjoyable and refreshing drink as David’s many regular customers know.
Local Fusion Food offers a refreshing lemon and lime cooler served on ice. This delightful drink is made from Lynne and John’s limes and lemons grown at the Currumbin Ecovillage.
Some stalls are relocating this week so if they aren’t in their usual spot have a good look around. Moving to the grassed area is:
Simply Divine Cupcakes (and croissants etc) – next to the bagel stall
Chai Harem – possibly next to the newly located Simply Divine.
All Natural Meat Company now offer their own farm produced goat’s meat. This very popular meat –the most widely eaten meat in the world – is less well know in Australia. However it is now in high demand and so supplies run low especially at this time of year. If you miss out please let Peter or Lee know and place an order for the next market.
Yogi Nectar will be absent from the market until early September due to family circumstances.
Soon to arrive – in approximately 4 weeks – will be the very popular blueberries by the punnet of bucketful it is a great choice offered by Blueberry Fields – a family owned blueberry orchard located in the Byron Bay area. Once they arrive you will see lots of people walking around with white buckets for fresh blueberries. So watch the blackboard at the entry to the market for updates about exactly when they arrive.
Recipe of the week:
(adapted from the David Herbert’s recipe in The Weekend Australian Magazine April 04-05, 2015)
This is such a deliciously simple recipe using one granny smith apple diced and mixed with 2 diced avocados, 3 spring or ½ red onion finely diced. Mix gently to combine and fold through ½ cup coriander leaves with the juice of a small lime and a sprinkling of chilli or a tiny amount of very finely chopped chilli and season to taste.
Weather: A sunny day with a forecast temperature range 10-25 degrees with a possible late shower.
Produce of the week (newest season produce is in bold):
- Cos lettuce
- Cucumbers (Lebanese)
- Custard apples
- 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)
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)