What’s good this week?
Zucchini – referred to in some recipes as courgettes creates a variety of responses from food lovers. Some love it and some don’t. Having a very delicate flavour it requires very quick cooking. I find that briefly marinating with butter or olive oil and tossing in some fresh seasonal herbs such as finally shredded basil or thyme adds a stronger flavour. Also toss some roasted pine nuts, or macas even our tasty local pecans pieces for a delicious crunch. It makes a great accompaniment to any meal.
In effect zucchinis own moistness allows it to partially steam in its own juices – so brief cooking really is the solution to keeping its natural flavour.
Romano zucchini (available now at Sylva lining Organics) makes a great vegetable to be cut with a spiralizer into a noodle or pasta replacement for gf eaters or for a low carb recipe. Toss this with pesto and Grumpy Grandma’s olives (available at Spice Palace) for a divine salad.
In Turkey, zucchini is the main ingredient in the popular dish mücver, or “zucchini pancakes”, made from shredded zucchini, flour, and eggs, lightly fried in olive oil and eaten with yogurt. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zucchini
Zucchinis are available this week at Everest Farm stall, Jumping Red Ant and Sylva Lining Organics.
October is good food month – which is celebrated in Sydney and other NSW centres with the Australia’s largest food festival.
We have good food month every month at the market because of our access to farm fresh food brought directly to you from our local farms.
When: Saturday 28th November from 10am for a 10.30am start at the packing shed.
The program includes a short introduction to pecan growing by David. He will share insights into the process of pecan production, showing the machinery used.
This is followed by a walk around their park like orchard for about 40 minutes.
Back at the shed, Kaye and David will provide a free tea/coffee, some pecans to taste.
Pecan Delights and nuts will be available for sale.
Kaye and David are also happy to show visitors their bountiful vegie garden and to share their successful good organic practices.
Children are very welcome as there are lots of open spaces to run around.
More details about this farm walk will be posted in the fortnight leading up to 28th. Reserve this date in your calendar if you are curious about growing pecans and just love the idea of walking through a beautiful pecan orchard.
The Bagel Stall is relocating – so don’t miss out on your bagels this week. Lani will be in the pavilion beside Grassroots Sugar Cane Juice.
Cecil Farm is AWAY this week. This is the first time that I have known Des and Donna to take a well earned break so we wish them a restful and enjoyable time.
The Murwillumbah Community Men’s Shed is back this week with their camphor Laurel breadboards.
Weather: Cloudy. Medium (50%) chance of showers with a morning temperature of 14 degrees reaching the low to mid twenties later in the day.
Produce of the week (newest season produce is in bold):
- Cos lettuce
- Cucumbers (Lebanese)
- Fancy lettuce
- Leafy greens – lots of varieties including herbs, kale, swiss chard and many more.
- Potatoes (various)
- 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, 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 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 (at the moment), Lisianthus, Roses,
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
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 9very seasonal).