A noticeable change in season has finally come about, meaning there is also noticeable change in Market produce. One of the most underrated Autumn fruits – persimmons – are finally here and ready to be picked up on your next Market shop. Persimmons are right up there with pumpkins and quince when it comes to the best Autumn produce. With a wonderfully sweet taste, they are incredibly versatile, and are the perfect addition to everything from salads to muffins.
Persimmons come in a couple of varieties, fuyus and hachiyas. Fuyus can be used in a similar way to tomatoes and can be put into salads or on the side of a cheese platter for an extra pop of flavour. Hachiyas on the other hand, are much sweeter and can be eaten ripe or put into sweet treats.
Find persimmons from our friends at Hill Lock Orchard, Torry Hills Orchards and Auddino Produce.
Autumn has well and truly arrived as have the Persimmons – new season, and available from Tory Hills Orchards and also Hill Lock Orchards, be sure to grab some today; they are great for jam, salads, muffins, tarts and many other options. Also back today and stocked up ready to sell sell sell is Franklin Road Preserves.
After our Easter break we’re back to business as usual; due to roadworks for the light rail, access to EPIC through gates 1 & 2 on Flemington Road will not be available this week. ENTRY ONLY via Wells Station Road or Morisset Street. See you bright and early!!
Our last market before Easter so come and make the most of it; remember, access for today is via Wells Station Road and Morisset St only.
Autumn is really here and the chestnuts are back – lovely warm roasted chestnuts available from Featherdale Chestnuts in their usual site.
Also this week we have Bonsai demonstrations – times are 8.00am, 9.00am and 10.00am at Cascades Nursery; starter kits are available if you’re really keen.
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? Our new ‘meet the stallholder’ video series on our Market YouTube channel is here.
This month – meet Russell from Windellama Organics. Russell brings his range of organic foods to the Market each week including genuinely pastured raised organic chickens making beautiful free range eggs. Organic fruits on offer from Windellama include blueberries and cherries when in season, and their range of vegetables include radishes – which Russell says are very popular and they have trouble keeping up with demand. Meet Russell and find out more in our new meet the stallholder’ video series here.
Now that the weather is cooling down, it’s time to get back into the roasts and casseroles. This month’s recipe for Patsie’s spicy lamb and tomato casserole comes from Ian and Leslie Wright from Inglebrae Homestead.
Patsie’s spicy lamb and tomato casserole
- 4 Inglebrae lamb forequarter chops
- 3 dessertspoons each of plain flour, sugar, mustard powder
- 2 brown onions, sliced
- 2 carrots, sliced
- 1 cup peas
- 1 cup beans, sliced
- 2 large chopped tomatoes
- 2 cups tomato passata
– Slice onions and carrots and place in a slow cooker with peas and beans.
– Coat chops in flour then sugar then mustard and place on top of vegetables.
– Mix chopped tomatoes with passata and any leftover sugar and mustard, and pour over the chops.
– Cook on low for 6–8 hours.
We are always proud of our stallholders winning industry awards – this time around it’s a nursery who’s won big. River Road Nursery has taken out three major awards at this year’s Royal Canberra Show for their stunning roses.
River Road won first prize at the show in the Rose Championship category. It was another first prize for the Bunch Roses category – three cuts, same cultivar – and a second prize in the container of Floribunda Roses category.
River Road Nursery is located at Oaks Estate in the ACT, and at the Market they sell seasonal potted colour, perennials, roses, citrus, nut trees, ornamentals, hedging plants, natives, succulents, conifers and more. River Road is locally owned and operated and has been providing the Canberra community with plants for over 25 years. Be sure to stop to see their great selection on your next visit to stock your garden with quality plants that are already acclimatised to Canberra conditions. And a big congratulations on the show award wins!
We are nothing if not versatile. And especially when it comes to the fruit and veg on offer at the Market. Autumn brings with it a selection of unusual fruits and nuts including quince, chestnuts and figs. And it’s time to ward off those colds with that winter favourite, the humble mandarin. Quince is not a fruit you see too often. Related to the apple and pear, this very hard golden fruit is better eaten cooked or poached and makes a lovely paste. Quince are available right now from our friends at Loriendale Orchard.
Chestnuts have also arrived at Market. These delights can be used whole in stews or casseroles, or can be pureed as a side with a roast. Or our favourite, simply served fresh and hot. You can buy chestnuts at the Market from Featherdale Chestnuts from Batlow.
We’ve still got figs on offer from Lindfield Park Produce and Hill Lock Orchard, and everyone’s favourite winter citrus fruit, mandarins, are back in plentiful supply from Auddino’s Produce. Come and stock your fruit bowls to overflowing!
Ever come to the Market for fresh produce and then look for something to create with it once you get back home? Wheat Berry is here to help with a range of delicious ready-to-use pastry – fresh and frozen.
Wheat Berry is a small business making true authentic pastry ready for you to embellish your own dishes. The ready-to-roll packs are great for making your own sausage rolls, quiches, pies, flans and tarts, or they can be frozen for future use. Both sweet and savoury puff and shortcrust pastry are on offer with types and flavours varying from week to week. Flavours on offer may include spelt and olive oil, mustard, butter puff, chocolate and vanilla bean. And packs are made for single dishes – so there’s no more wasted pastry!
Come and chat to Grace from Wheat Berry on your next Market day, she may just inspire your next meal.
Support a local grower!!
Enjoy a day out with the kids and support some worthy causes at the same time. Loriendale Orchard are holding their annual Apple Day. See attached flyer for details.