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.
You can never be bored in the fruit and veg department, as there’s always such a mix on offer at the Market. This month it’s figs, melons, stone fruit and yes… corn and chestnuts are coming.
Figs are a lovely addition to your fruit bowl, desserts or to mix with savoury morsels on a platter, and right now they’re available from our friends at Lindfield Park Produce . Stone fruit, in particular plums, are now available from Young District Stone Fruit, and we have lovely fresh melons from Melissa Pure Fresh Honey and Auddino’s Produce.
Stay tuned because juicy sweet corn and chestnuts are on their way to Market.
Great to be back after the Xmas break, although the extreme heat we have been experiencing over the last week or so, may not be too good for growers of some produce. Never mind – the show must go on as they say!!
Back for another season we have Young District Stone Fruit with various plum varieties; Laurel Hill Blueberry Farm with big juicy blueberries and Dominic Torcaso Produce with new season herbs & vegies.
Summer fruit. Fresh, juicy, appealing in your fruit bowls and on your summer fruit platters. Oh, and that lovely aroma! Right now at the Market it’s stone fruit – peaches and nectarines – as well as cherries and blueberries. You can buy lovely peaches and nectarines right now from Harrison & Sons. Blueberries are back juicy and fresh from Donald Smith Horticulture, Borenore Berry Farm and Clyde River Berry Farm. And as we mentioned last week, what’s Christmas without fresh cherries? Score your pick of cherries from Torry Hill Orchards, Drive in Orchards, and Hill Lock Orchard. Yummo!
We doubt any fruit heralds the silly season as much as the good old cherry. Red, ripe and juicy, these babies will hit the Market soon.
Not only do these delightful red fruits look, smell and taste amazing as a great addition to your summer fruit bowl, but they also offer a lot in the way of health benefits. Cherries are packed with antioxidants like anthocyanins and cyandin, and can benefit you by reducing inflammation, supporting healthy sleep, providing arthritis pain relief and more.
Some recent wet weather has seen a delay on some fruits, but we should welcome beautifully ripe cherries to Market soon from Drive in Orchards, Hill Lock Orchard, Windellama Organics, and Torry Hill Orchards who will also have cherry wine, port, jam, juice and canned cherries on offer. Delish!
October is upon us and spring is in full swing. Despite the recent wet weather, we’ve got some tasty seasonal fresh produce in right now including asparagus, spinach and rhubarb.
Early spring vegies like asparagus are packed with vitamins and awesome health benefits, and you can grab a bunch or two from stallholders Donald Smith Horticulture and Melissa Pure Fresh Honey.
Spinach has long been known for its health benefits, it’s low in fat and cholesterol, high in niacin and zinc, and full of protein, fibre and vitamins A, C, E and K to name a few. Come in for fresh baby spinach from Melissa Pure Fresh Honey, and English spinach from Mowbray Park Produce. And rhubarb! Yum! Another one packed with minerals, vitamins, protein and fibre. And who doesn’t love rhubarb pie, crumble or the tart fruit stewed and poured over ice cream or cream? You can bag some rhubarb at the Market from our stallholders B&S Fresh Produce and Deua River Farm Produce.
Stocking up on your daily intake of greens is particularly tasty – and easy – at this time of the year. Laden with health benefits galore, early spring vegetables like asparagus, beans and peas provide a great way to get your five-a-day. Greens in general are jam packed with fibre and water, which help boost your metabolism and aide in burning those pesky winter calories.
Asparagus has loads of nutrients, and being a herbaceous plant, it’s particularly great for detoxing. It’s easy to roast, grill or stir fry your asparagus (tip: not only are these methods quick, but waterless methods of cooking help preserve the ingredients’ nutritional content).
Your heart LOVES beans. They’re a fantastic source of folate and B vitamins, and because they’ve got a stack of protein and fibre, they help you feel fuller for longer.
Peas are here to help support your immune system. Keep the final bouts of winter cold and flus away with an added boost of vitamin C, and stock up on bone-building vitamin K and manganese while you’re at it!
These versatile vegies will keep you feeling great well into spring!
What’s so special about blood oranges? Well besides their very pretty dark rosy coloured flesh, they’re actually very tasty. And if some are to be believed, the unique flavour imparts a distinctly raspberry tone along with the expected citrus flavours.
Blood oranges are pretty much like any other variety of orange to look at in terms of size and skin texture, but their unique dark red flesh colour is due to the presence of anthocyanins, an antioxidant pigment which is uncommon for citrus fruits. It can sometimes make the skin blush slightly as well as cause the deep scarlet flesh on the inside. Blood oranges are very juicy with a strong flavour and aroma, and can be enjoyed in season right now from our friends at Auddino’s Produce. Mick Auddino and his crew grow the blood oranges in Wamoon in NSW, and also serve up homemade 100% natural citrus juices at the Market. Fill your fruit bowl with these beauties right now!
Perhaps no fruit heralds the arrival of winter as much as the humble Mandarin. That sweet orange coloured fruit that comes in its own neat packaging – just perfect for little fingers to open at morning tea time, and for a delightful treat that also aids in warding off the winter colds.
Imperial Mandarins are back and ripe for the (Market) picking right now. Unfortunately as the weather has not been as cold as usual for this time of year, the Imperials are not as sweet as they sometimes are, however still highly delicious.
You can bag yourself some Imperial Mandarins direct from Auddino’s Produce from Wamoon in NSW, and Warwick Morris – Fruit and Veg from Leeton.
It’s Bonza apple season! And there are plenty of these beauties around as we’re in peak Bonza apple season right now. Bonza apples are unique to Australia and originated in Batlow after being cultivated by chance 30 years ago. These apples have a green/cream background colour with 50-60% red blush and are characterised by a very white firm flesh, odd looking in shape and a semi-sweet flavour.
Batlow Bonzas are an early season apple and are available now until the end of May.
The Market also has some delicious new season Pink Lady and Rosy Glow apples in season right now. Coming into the cooler months, you’ll also soon see the appearance of imperial mandarins, persimmons, brussels sprouts, finger limes and kiwi fruit. Time to stock up that winter fruit bowl and dose up on your natural vitamins and antioxidants. Yum!