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What’s in season? Far out, Brussels sprouts!

Rita's Farm Produce's Brussels Sprouts at the Capital Region Farmers Market


Brussels sprouts have been given a bad rap over the years, which, quite frankly, we find difficult to understand. The Brussels sprout is the most adorable little cabbage looking vegetable there is.

These little balls of green are packed with health benefits to keep your stomach happy, including vitamins A and C, folic acid and dietary fibre; the benefits of these being they’ll protect against colon and stomach cancer.

Right now, it is peak Brussels sprout season, meaning there’s an abundance of sprouts at the Market. You can get your Brussels sprout fix from Rita’s Farm Produce who sells them straight off the stalk – they don’t come any fresher than this.

So, pop by, grab some of these deliciously healthy greens and cook them up into something healthy. A roast dinner accompaniment or a balsamic glazed side, perhaps? Happy Brussels sprout eating Market-goers.

Image: Rita’s Farm Produce

What’s in season? Happy days as honey brightens up the month of May

Honey from Canberra Urban Honey at the Capital Region Farmer's Market


While we’ve got our sights set on winter’s delicious and wholesome foods, we’re thinking about other goodness that keeps us going as the months get colder. Honey is a sweet tooth’s dream, but did you know that it’s good for lots of other reasons too – it’s known to be a wonder food, with lots of health benefits.

Honey features many antibacterial healing properties for wounds and burns by acting as a disinfectant when applied externally. Its antibacterial powers also make it perfect for mixing into a hot lemon drink for when you’re feeling under the weather (it also makes the lemon a little more bearable!). 

Honey is also good for much needed energy boosts – you can’t go wrong with a little bit of extra natural sugar! And did you know it can also make your memory better? That’s right – studies have shown that eating a spoonful of honey each day can help boost short-term memory.

With World Bee Day just around the corner, now is one of the best times of the year to support the local bee community. Canberra Urban Honey, Win’s Creek Meadery and Melissa’s Pure Fresh Honey are some of the Market stalls where you can get your hands on the sweet golden liquid.

Happy days are ahead as honey brightens up our month!

What’s in season? April brings out the best in winter veg

As the weather gets cooler, focus shifts from salads to soups and all things lovely, made with fresh winter veg.  The Market is the place to be right now for potatoes which are all in full swing. You can find a huge range of potatoes in all varieties from our stallholders Harrison & Sons, B&S Fresh Produce, Dilliro Vegetables, Deua River Farm Produce, Ingelara, Kurrawong Organics, Loriendale Orchard, Melissa Pure Fresh Honey, Gleann na Meala and Wei Rong Guo. Pumpkins are also coming in strong and can be found at Harrison & Sons, B&S Fresh Produce, Dilliro Vegetables, Auddino’s Produce, Deua River Farm Produce , Gleann na Meala, Greenhill Farm, Ingelara, Loriendale OrchardMelissa Pure Fresh Honey, Wei Rong Guo, Windellama Organics, Wollondilly Produce and Young District Stone Fruit. Ever tried a spaghetti squash? This interesting savoury fruit ranges from ivory to yellow or orange in colour and gets its name because when cooked, the flesh peels away from the fruit in strands just like spaghetti. You can find them right now at Deua River Farm Produce. Another one on the interesting list is the Jerusalem Artichoke –  strangely actually a species of sunflower, these tubers contain little starch and are rich in the carbohydrate inulin, and have an underlying sweet taste. You can find these beauties at Gleann na Meala while stocks last.

What’s in season? The month of March means the best of both worlds


Foodie lovers, prick those ears right up because we have good news. It’s shoulder season at the Market which means that the month of March will bring the best of both summer and autumn foods.

This month, eggplant, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower are in abundance, so you can begin cooking up those hearty cooler weather meals. But wait, there’s more! Potatoes are also on the cards, with purple congo and kipfler potatoes popping up around the Market this month. And if you’re still after bits and pieces for lovely warm weather salads, look no further than capsicums, the first of which are being picked now.

The next step is where to get your hands on this huge variety of veggie goodness. Dilliro Vegetables have been in the game for over seven years and pride themselves on having veg so fresh that it looks as though it has just been picked from the garden. Because, let’s be real, it pretty much has!

Drop by and grab all this and more before shoulder season wears away.

What’s in season? Munch your way through the alphabet

Torcaso Produce at the Capital Region Farmers Market


Summer veggies are in season and ready to be eaten! With produce from A-Z (aubergines, beetroot, salad greens, and zucchini, just to name a few), there are lots of opportunities for fresh and healthy eating this summer. And the place to get it all? Torcaso Produce.

Torcaso Produce is a husband and wife team who have been bringing their scrumptious veg from Myrtleford in NSW to the Market for 10 years. The couple started small, with a little veggie patch in their garden, but sprouted into something much bigger when the industry they were both working in closed. Not wanting to lose their farm, the pair started to grow their home-grown veggies on a much larger scale – and Torcaso Produce was born!

Torcaso’s summer produce is something to get excited about, and will leave you wanting to go back for more.

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.