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What’s in season? Splendid strawberries!

Strawberries from Borenore Berry Farm at the Capital Region Farmers Market

Image: Borenore Berry Farm


Strawberries. Splendid, scrumptious, superb and in-season now.

Did you know that aside from its luscious red beauty, the humble strawberry also has many health benefits? In addition to antioxidants and polyphenols, they offer many other vitamins, minerals and nutrients that contribute to your overall health. Strawberries are high in vitamin C, folate, potassium, manganese, dietary fibre and magnesium.

And they have many, many uses. Will it be strawberries in your fruit salad, desserts, breakfasts, smoothies or delicious daiquiri?

Such a summery fruit, and our friends at Borenore Berry Farm have got plenty of fresh new-season strawberries on offer right now. Situated 12 kilometres west of Orange in Borenore, this berry farm is run by David and Kate Dickson who have been selling their berries at the Market for over 12 years. Come in for their fresh strawberries before it’s bye bye berries.

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.

Keep warm with these seasonal veggies

Windellama Organics at the Capital Region Farmers Market


The last of winter is upon us, which means it’s a good idea to make the most of winter warming meals while you can with lots of fresh, seasonal veggies.

Bundle up with a blanket and some hot homemade minestrone using delicious Dutch carrots, available from our stallholder Windellama Organics.

Broccoli is the perfect steamed addition to a lovely winter roast dinner, and can be found at Dilliro Vegetables and B & S Fresh Produce.

Also in season is silver beet, which can be used as a very healthy inclusion into a freshly made frittata, and can be found at Kurrawong Oganics.

Make the most of these healthy and delicious vegetables before the chilly season is over and we head into the warmer months!

What’s in season? Persimmons

Persimmons at Capital Region Farmer's MarketA 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.

What’s in season? Figs, melons, stone fruit…corn and chestnuts are coming!

Fresh cut watermelon from local and regional producers at the Capital Region Farmers MarketYou 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.

21 January 2017

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.

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What’s in season? Stone fruit, cherries and blueberries

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!

 

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What’s in season? Cherries are on the way!

Freshly picked cherries at the Capital region Farmers MarketWe 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!

What’s in season? More asparagus, spinach and rhubarb

Fresh grown and local spinach at the Capital Region Farmers MarketOctober 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.

What’s in season: Asparagus, Beans and Peas

Asparagus from Capital Region Farmers Market stallholderStocking 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!