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Back in Business!!

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!!

   Fresh grown and local spinach at the Capital Region Farmers Market

 

08 April 2017

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.

     

Meet the stallholder: Russell from Windellama Organics

Russell and Todd from Windellama Organics 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.

Another delicious recipe idea: Patsie’s spicy lamb and tomato casserole

Tomato Lamb Casserole 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  

Serves 2–4

Ingredients

  • 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

Method

– 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.

 

River Road Nursery win big at The Canberra Show

River Road Nursery at the Canberra ShowWe 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!

What’s in season? Quince, chestnuts, figs and mandarins

Quince at the Capital Region Farmer's MarketWe 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!

 

NEW: Ready-to-use pastry from Wheat Berry

What Berry Handmade Pastry LogoEver 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.

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.

NEW: DIY Kombucha from Gift of our Earth

Glass bottles of probiotic-filled drinks made by Capital Region farmers Market stallholder Gift Of Our EarthWe welcome to the Market newcomer Angela Noble with her very cool health business, Gift Of Our Earth – and these products are awesome! Healthy, probiotic-filled drinks and DIY kits so you can make your very own Kombucha, Jun Tea, Water Kefir or Milk Kefir.

After a lifetime of back problems and the heavy pharmaceuticals that came along with it, Angela wanted to heal herself naturally and began researching how to get her gut back in check without using more traditional medicines. Add to this a passion for educating people about being healthier and moving away from diets filled with sugar, caffeine and alcohol, and her business was born.

Angela focuses mainly on producing healthy probiotic-filled drinks including Kombucha – a fermented and lightly effervescent tea drink which can be flavoured with different fruits, Jun Tea – a similar fermented health tonic, Water Kefir – a drink made from symbiotic grains of bacteria and yeast that ferment in water, and Milk Kefir – which uses the same fermented grains to turn full organic milk into a yoghurt jam-packed with good bacteria. Choose from her DIY kits for Kombucha, Jun Tea, Water Kefir and Milk Kefir and find out more about how to get the most out of these drinks. You can even buy her Kombucha and Lemon Water Kefir on tap.

Catch Angela at the Market each Saturday.

Meet the stallholder: Geoff from Bombolini

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.

Capital Region farmers Markets stallholder, Geoff from Bombolini being interviewed by Todd Wright

This month – meet Geoff from Bombolini. Geoff is a relative newcomer to the Market, and his artisan doughnuts have gone crackers with many people queueing up for these sweet delights each week.

Geoff makes the doughnuts with a unique dough with a real depth of flavour. All Bombolini doughnuts and the fillings –  custards, jams, cheesecakes and creams – are made fresh and then garnished with different toppings. Popular varieties include the salted caramel custard and lemon curd cheesecake.

Meet Geoff and find out more in our new meet the stallholder’ video series here.

Another delicious recipe idea: Figs and Prosciutto Wraps

Fresh Figs at the Capital Region Farmers MarketDid you know we have our own Market recipe book? Our recipe book shares the stories and recipes of the people and produce who have made our Market what it is today. The book is available from the Market each week from the Rotary Help Desk. Because figs are in season right now, this month’s recipe is for Figs and Prosciutto Wraps. It comes from John and Marion Cole from Lindfield Park Produce.

Because figs are in season right now, this month’s recipe is for Figs and Prosciutto Wraps. It comes from John and Marion Cole from Lindfield Park Produce.

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium-sized figs
  • 4 prosciutto slices
  • macadamia oil

Method:

– Cut figs into quarters and keep as whole, wrapping trimmed prosciutto around them to keep them together.

– Place oil in pan and heat just enough to cover base of pan) fry figs, turning until rich golden brown in colour.

This dish is also delicious served with steak. Serves 4 people.

04 March 2017

We’re back!!

After a week off due to the Canberra show, we’re back to business as usual this week. Been hanging out for a pie from Gum Tree Pies? Well, you’re in luck as they are back today after their extended Xmas break; also back are Stikkie Bikkie, both in their usual spots. Being the 1st week of the month, we also have our usual cooking demo, showcasing local fresh produce and how to cook it. Look forward to seeing you there!

   Food Marshall

18 February 2017

Last market before we close for the Canberra Show!!

If you’re attending the market tomorrow, entry to EPIC via Gate 2 on Flemington Road will not be available. Entry as normal via Gate 1 on Flemington Road, Wells Station Road and Morisset Street. Don’t forget, we won’t be open for business on Saturday 25 February as the show will be in full swing. We return to business as usual on Saturday 4 March 2017.

Moorlands Lamb, who normally attends on the 3rd Saturday of each month will not be attending tomorrow; the heat has interrupted the lamb fattening process. Joining the market family for the first time is Wheat Berry (site 68), ready to cook pastry. Choose from a selection of Puff Pastry, Sweet Shortcrust, Savoury Shortcrust, Spelt Puff Pastry, Honeycomb Shortcrust and Parmesan Mustard Shortcrust. Joining us for another season is Bonza Apple Shop with some beaut new season apples.

See you all there!!