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.
What do our Market organisers, stallholders, producers, farmers and growers do over Christmas? Take a break that’s what! Just like you we are looking forward to a break from the everyday demands of work and life and can’t wait to catch up with friends and family over the summer holidays. A note to let you all know our last trading day for 2016 is our special Twilight Market on Thursday 22 December. We are then closed over the Christmas/New Year period, and for the annual Summernats festival, and will be back business as usual on Saturday 14 January 2017. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our much-loved stallholders and of course you, our valued customers, for your support throughout 2016. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, safe and fun-filled, food-filled holidays, and we’ll catch you again in 2017!
If you’re a lover of live Christmas trees, then you know what a beautiful addition they are to the home. The fresh, crisp pine aroma fills the air as you enjoy the festive season and count down to the big day when your tree will be abundant with gifts to and from loved ones. Christmas trees are at the Market right now direct from St Nicholas Christmas Trees and Santa’s Shaped Christmas Trees. The team at St Nicholas have been supplying beautifully shaped Christmas trees to the people of the Canberra region for over 15 years. The trees are grown on a small family owned property just outside Goulburn where they are cared for, selected for multiple branching and undergo extensive pruning to help ensure the final trees are as bushy as possible. Every tree is individually hand pruned and shaped up to six times before it reaches the Market. Tree prices vary depending on the size, and start from $60. The busy ‘elves’ at Santa’s Shaped Christmas Trees also know more than a thing or two about Christmas trees. The farm located in Gundaroo just near Canberra also provides beautiful Christmas trees to the people of Canberra and surrounds, as well as Christmas tree stands which extend the life of a cut tree. Most trees from Santa’s Shaped Christmas Trees range from around 1.5 to 2.5 metres in height and are cut and netted for easy transport to your home. Come in and pick your tree at the Market on Saturday 3rd, 10th and Saturday 17th December (stock permitting).
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!
What’s better than food on Christmas day? Fresh food on Christmas day! And food that you know has been lovingly grown and nurtured by our awesome regional farmers. Be sure to add our special Twilight Farmers Market to your calendar for the freshest food just ahead of Christmas Day– Thursday 22 December from 3.00 – 7.00pm.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!
The trees are here – fresh, crisp and smelling of pine, available this week from St Nicholas Xmas Trees . Also some new season blueberries, ripe at last after a few weeks of sun, available from Clyde River Berry Farm. Relocated for a short time is Borenore Berry Farm to the outside stalls, you’ll pass Dave on your way in.
With a limited supply of fruit we welcome back today Ken & Tracey – Harrison & Sons with peaches and nectarines; the ripening process is a little slow this year due to the long winter and late spring. Cherries are nearly in full swing too – get your stone fruit fix here today!!
…Counting down to Christmas, only 6 more Saturday markets plus the Twilight market on Thursday 22 December from 3.00 – 7.00 pm to go!!
Love the smell of a real Xmas tree – available from 26 November St Nicholas Xmas Trees
Summer must be around the corner, berries are back this week Borenore Berry Farm and cherries are ripening on the trees as we speak Torry Hills Orchard; peaches and nectarines will be available in the next week or so Harrison & Sons
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!
This month’s festive recipe is for White Christmas and comes from John Kenworthy from the Rotary Club of Hall. The recipe was provided by Rhiannon McClelland.
- 3 cups rice bubbles
- 1 cup sultanasor dried fruit or glacé cherries
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 1 block copha (250 g)
- 1 cup powdered milk
- ½ cup icing sugar
– Melt copha in the microwave or on the stove.
– Mix all dry ingredients together and pour melted copha over the top.
– Mix together and put in a flat dish lined with baking paper.
– Set in the fridge for 1 hour.
– Cut into squares.
Option: Pour some melted chocolate in swirls over the top or dust with icing sugar
What do Tilba Real Dairy and South Coast Cheese have in common? Lots! They’re actually one and the same with a recent name change to this much-loved Market favourite from the South Coast of NSW.
Tilba Real Dairy, formerly South Coast Cheese, specialise in producing local dairy products of the highest quality. Nic and Erica Dibden are the proud owners of the business where they operate a dairy farm in the picturesque Tilba Tilba Valley milking beautiful Jersey cows.
Each week they bring their dairy range to the Market which includes milk, yoghurt, cream and 25 different cheese varieties including their Three Year Vintage, Herb and Garlic, Firecracker, Vintage Pepper, Cream Blue and Club Blue. They also do delicious milkshakes made fresh at the Market from jersey milk straight from the farm. Yum!
Tilba Real Dairy is also an agent for delicious dips, soups and olives from Daris Kitchen. What a great pairing!
Aussie Christmas. What a great time of year to celebrate with your friends and family over delicious festive food. But let’s face it, no one wants to be slaving away in front of a hot fan forced oven on a 30+ degree day. With this in mind we’ve put the following simple tips together to help you with your Christmas meal planning:
- Plan plan plan – know what you’re going to create ahead of time and be prepared with all the ingredients you need.
- Avoid the oven if you can – on said 30+ degree day, fresh Australian seafood might be more enjoyable. But if the oven is a must, try and do the cooking early to avoid the hottest part of the day.
- Buy fresh food with lower food miles – you’ll know where your food has come from and you’re also assisting our farmers and producers.
- Buy only what you need – don’t cater for the masses unless you have, well, masses.
- Stick to a budget – check your cupboards for the basics first, but don’t skimp on quality where it counts, for example on your meats and seafood.
- Balance your flavours – have something for the sweet and savoury lovers.
- Add your own personal touches – even if you buy your own Christmas cake, you can decorate it yourself!
Image credit: Instagram, @thefoodmarshall
What’s better than food on Christmas day? Fresh food on Christmas day! And food that you know has been lovingly grown and nurtured by our awesome regional farmers.
That’s why you should add our special Twilight Farmers Market to your calendar now. We’ll be open just ahead of Christmas Day on Thursday 22 December from 3.00 – 7.00pm. Same Market, same place and same fresh food – it’s just a different day and time to allow you to get the best and freshest on your Christmas table.
We’ll be well stocked with fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables including seriously good cherries, meats such as Christmas hams, puddings, cakes, chocolates and many other sweet delights. And of course, for an Aussie Christmas there’s plenty of fresh seafood including fish, oysters and prawns. Stuck for last minute gift ideas? How about our Gift Cards or the Farmers Market Cook Book to fill those stockings. See you there!
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.
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.