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Meet the stallholder: Bush Breads of Australia

Want to put a face to the business where you get your produce at the Market each week? Or a name to the face of the guy who sells you your fruit and veg? Or simply find out a little more about your food and where it comes from? Then check out our ‘meet the stallholder’ video series on our Market YouTube channel.

This month –  meet Yeng from Bush Breads of Australia. Yeng specialises in creating wheat free, dairy free and gluten free breads. All Bush Breads of Australia’s breads are made from scratch, with no preservatives added. The most popular is their stone brown organic rye sour dough bread, which is naturally fermented and very good for people with wheat and dairy intolerances. Yeng creates all her breads from home, they are made fresh and sold direct to the customer at the Market each Saturday.

Jasper + Myrtle Australia’s most internationally awarded bean to bar chocolate in 2017

Jasper + Myrtle at the Capital Region Farmers Market

Image: Jasper + Myrtle

They just keep doing it. Jasper + Myrtle has just recently scooped more international chocolate accolades making them Australia’s most internationally awarded bean to bar chocolate company in 2017.

They received four medals in the Asia-Pacific division of the International Chocolate Awards judged in New York receiving silvers for their Classic Milk Chocolate and Dark Espresso Chocolate, and bronze medals for their Wakame and Himalayan Rock Salt Dark Chocolate and their Caffe Bianco – white chocolate with coffee.

These four accolades place them in the World Finals to be judged in London later this month. And this on top of their Academy of Chocolate award wins earlier this year in London!

Canberran chocolate maker Li Peng Monroe is thrilled that her chocolates also won two awards at the Australian Food Awards in Melbourne – gold for Nunu Bougainville Twilight Dark Milk Chocolate and silver for the Caffe Bianco, as well as bronze for the Nunu Bougainville at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

These awards have firmly cemented them as producers of fine bean to bar chocolate. This chocolate tastes just divine!

Asparagus come at us

Asparagus is here, it’s in abundance, and it’s very good.

Did you know this stuff is quite hard to harvest? The growers need to be patient as they only get a good crop on their third year.

And did you also know that the bigger the spear, the more flavoursome it is?

This spring vegetable is a flowering perennial plant species once classified as the lily family along with onion and garlic, but is now in the Asparagaceae family.

Only the young asparagus shoots are commonly eaten, and once the buds open, the shoots turn woody quite quickly.

Asparagus is high in water, low in calories and sodium and is a good source of Vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium and zinc, and a great source of dietary fibre and protein.

Asparagus is in abundance right now, and available each Saturday from Donald Smith and Melissa Pure Fresh Honey while stocks last. Come in and get some.

Life in a family business – Narooma Seafood Direct

Narooma Seafood Direct at the Capital Region Farmers Market in Canberra

Ever wonder what life’s like in a third-generation family business? Just ask 26-year-old Hayley Abbott, the Operating Manager at Narooma Seafood Direct.

You’ll know them as our popular long-time stallholders, who bring you the freshest in seafood in Australian waters direct from Narooma on the South Coast of NSW. This is a family-run business which catches, processes and sells seafood caught off their two fishing boats.

Hayley has worked on the family fishing boats for as long as she can remember. Her two brothers, Todd and Ryan, are fully qualified skippers and run the family longline boat which works in the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery. Her Father John has a NSW state boat that works in the coastal waters around Narooma, and her mum Vicki is the backbone of the family and keeps the show on the road.

The business was started by her grandparents, Dot and Des Creighton, out of Narooma, in 1949 after Des bought his first fishing licence for just two pounds. Over 68 years, her grandfather and father worked many different fisheries including handlining fish like Kingfish, Snapper, Flathead and sharks, beach hauling Salmon and Mullet, poling Southern Bluefin Tuna, processing and exporting scallops to the USA in the 1970s, lobster trapping, drop lining fish, and now longlining fish such as Tuna, Swordfish and Marlin.

Hayley started up Narooma Seafood Direct in 2013 as a side business to the primary fishing business. The whole objective was to generate new markets and create employment for family members so that they could stay in the local area.

They began offering seafood at the Market, which works because they never know what they will or will not catch when fishing so it allowed them to sell what they have available that week, without having to outlay money on stock; they receive weekly feedback from their customers which allows them to continually evaluate what they are doing and how they can do it better; and they were the only seafood stallholder that actually caught their own fish, processed them and sold directly to the public. They have also encouraged the Market owners, managers and customers to inspect their boats and facilities.

Now, as the business continues to expand and confidence in the Australian fishing industry grows, they have taken the big step to build a new fishing vessel which they expect to operate at the end of this month.

You can find Hayley and other members of the Narooma Seafood Direct family at the Market each week where they sell a great range of seafood including Yellowfin Tuna, Bigeye Tuna, Broadbill Swordfish, Striped Marlin, Black Snapper, Wahoo, Flathead, Calamari and fresh and cooked lobster.

Another delicious recipe idea: Deep-fried stuffed mushrooms

Shoalhaven Mushrooms at the Capital Region Farmer's Market

Image: Shoalhaven Gourmet Mushrooms

  • 1 small to medium-sized mushroom
  • Cream cheese
  • Shallots, finely sliced
  • Ham, chopped
  • Garlic, crushed
  • Breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Oil, enough for deep frying
  • Plum sauce

To experience the gourmet texture and flavour of this recipe use a fresh white small medium mushroom the size of a golf ball from Shoalhaven mushrooms.

Fill mushroom with combined cream cheese, shallots, ham and garlic.

Dip into egg then breadcrumbs.

Deep-fry in oil.

Serve with plum sauce.

Meet the stallholder: Warren’s Fresh Seafood

Warren's Fresh Seafood at the Capital Region Farmer's Market in Canberra

Want to put a face to the business where you get your produce at the Market each week? Or a name to the face of the guy who sells you your fruit and veg? Or simply find out a little more about your food and where it comes from? Then check out our ‘meet the stallholder’ video series on our Market YouTube channel.

This month – meet Warren and Bernadette from Warren’s Fresh Seafood. The pair come from Batemans Bay on the South Coast and head to Market each week with a range of fresh caught seafood from the coast including boneless flathead fillets, bream, snapper, ling, prawns and oysters. Flathead tails are always popular and all seafood is fresh, not frozen. Stock up on your seafood on your next visit to Market.

Find out more about our Market stallholders in our stallholder video series here.

Market stallholders win big at Delicious Produce Awards

Randall Organic Rice at the Capital Region Farmer's Market in Canberra

Image: Randall Organic Rice

Our super talented stallholders have done it again! This time around it was at the Delicious Produce Awards 2017 held in June and awarded last month.

The awards are a celebration of Australia’s magnificent bounty of ethical, sustainable and innovative ingredients, and the passionate, talented people behind them. Impressively, Randall Organic Rice was the national winner in the From the Earth category for their chemical free and certified organic Koshihikari rice. Moorlands Biodynamic Lamb were a gold medallist in the From the Paddock category for their Biodynamic Texel Lamb, and congratulations also go to Kurrawong Organics who were a state finalist, also in the From the Earth category.

Well done and a huge congratulations to these stallholders!

NEW: Hot fresh donuts from Krofne

Krofne Donuts at the Capital Region Farmer's Market in Canberra

Image: Krofne

Mmmm is there anything better than a hot, sugary donut made fresh before your eyes? These new donuts from Krofne Hot Fresh Donuts will make sure your answer is a resounding NO! You just must head to Market and try these delicious European style yeast donuts made from a Croatian recipe using the freshest quality ingredients.

Locals Danijela and John have taken their family recipe that stems back four generations to create these amazing hand-crafted donuts made in small batches and fresh to order. The dough is proved for several hours, rolled and cut, proved for a second time, fried, filled, and rolled in sugar – you can select from either berry jam or Nutella filling.

The pair have a son with Down Syndrome and were looking for a business that he could be fully involved in post-school – he currently spends a few hours each week making and selling his family’s donuts. They have also served up paid employment opportunities to teenagers and young adults with special needs with the workers involved in preparing and serving.

Krofne donuts are made using only the freshest quality ingredients sourced from local and regional producers. Yum!

Change of season, change of vegies

Spring has Sprung at the Capital Region Farmer's Marketing in Canberra

Spring has sprung! And with it comes a whole new range of fresh vegies. This month the herbs are strong, it’s the perfect time to come in and score some fresh herbs to flavour or garnish your favourite dishes and salads. Everyone’s favourite super food and green juice staple, kale, is also in abundance, and broad beans have just arrived at the Market too. Come in and see our friends at Dilliro Vegetables for these spring vegetable favourites, and stay for the sunshine and fresh spring air.

Akiba forages for cocktail ingredients at the Market

Akiba Botanist in Bloom Cocktail using Canberra Urban Honey at the Capital Region Farmer's Market in Canberra

Image: Akiba

Local bar and restaurant in the heart of Canberra city, Akiba, has been busy foraging for cocktail ingredients at the Market for an international cocktail competition, The Forage for Cocktails cocktail competition. As the name suggests, entrants were required to create cocktails based on infusions and foraging.

Fraser Pollard and his team from Akiba visited the Market to source ingredients including our very own award winning Canberra Urban Honey  which is now a key ingredient in the special edition Botanist in Bloom cocktail.

The cocktail is all about sustainability, locally foraged and sourced organic products, and the use of Australian native plants. Made from Forrest Berry Herb and Rosella infused The Botanist Gin Australia, Riberry (aka Lilly Pilli), Grapefruit, Sage, Wild Thyme, fresh pressed locally sourced lemon and apple juices, Joseph Cartron Apricot Brandy and Canberra Urban Honey from Gungahlin. Canberra Urban Honey is the only urban honey to be awarded a medal of excellence at the National Honey Show and is a strong advocate for sustainability.

The Botanist in Bloom has complex layers of flavours that develop over the palate from first sip until the last – a myriad of herbaceous, floral, fruity and tart characteristics that keep you thinking.

Head to Akiba and taste this amazing cocktail until the end of September (and beyond!) and pop in to the Market for some Canberra Urban Honey on your next visit.

We wish Akiba well for the cocktail competition.