We are pleased to announce that we now have our very own mobile app. Created with help from the team at Threesides Marketing in Canberra, the new app is a great new way to communicate with our stallholders and consumers about what’s going on at the Market. And it’s free!
The app contains weekly updates, details on Market closures, what’s in season, delicious recipes, information on all stallholders and advice on which stallholders may be away in a given week. You can save your favourite stalls, check in, leave reviews and receive special news and discounts on produce, whilst Market stallholders can view all other stallholders and find their contact details to engage with them. Push notifications are available for important updates going out on Market day, and all app members can claim exclusive in-app specials. You can even find out about the history of the Market, and its supporting organisation, the Rotary Club of Hall.
2017 is well under way and we have some gorgeous seasonal summer fruit and vegetables to tempt you with over the coming weeks. In season right now we have delicious juicy plums.
Still on the vegies, we’ve also got eggplant available over the next few weeks. Also known as aubergine, eggplants are related to the tomato and the potato and is a species of nightshade with white flesh – they’re just gorgeous in Mediterranean and vegetarian cuisines. Grab your stocks of eggplant from Dilliro Vegetables and Wollondilly Produce.
See you at the Market for all your fresh, seasonal fruit and vegetables.
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 Mick from Auddino’s Produce. Mick has been coming to the Market for many years, starting shortly after we opened back in 2004. He comes each Saturday from Leeton in NSW with his oranges year-round, as well as mandarins, grapefruit, lemons, melons and tomatoes when in season. His fresh juices are also a firm Market favourite!
Meet Mick from Auddino’s Produce in our new ‘meet the stallholder’ video series on our YouTube channel.
Because eggplants are in season, this month’s recipe is for crumbed eggplant with tomato salsa. It comes from Mike and Rosa Auddino from Auddino’s Produce.
- 2 medium eggplants
- 1 packet crumb mix of your choice, or gluten-free
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- Plain flour, seasoned with salt and pepper
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 4 ripe, firm tomatoes (round or Roma), chopped into small cubes
- 2 spring onions or ½ small red onion, finely chopped
- ¼ capsicum, finely diced
- 1 Lebanese cucumber, finely diced
- Freshly chopped basil
- Salt and pepper
- Olive oil
- Lemon juice
– Wash and slice eggplant into even slices – not too thick. Cover with salt and leave for a few hours in a colander to drain away all the bitter juices. Do not wash salt off.
– Prepare bread crumbs by adding finely chopped garlic. Mix through evenly.
– Coat eggplant slices in flour then dip into beaten egg mixture then into crumb mix. Press firmly. Continue until all slices are crumbed.
– Heat the oil in a frypan. Cook on medium heat for approximately 4–5 minutes on each side or until golden and cooked through.
– Combine all salsa chopped ingredients. Mix in olive oil, lemon juice, and salt and pepper.
Serve with crumbed eggplant.
We often get asked where certain stallholders are if they haven’t been in a while. When they are returning. What’s their ‘season’. We are pleased to announce the return of a few of our much-loved seasonal stallholders who will be back for a while from February.
Get in to see these guys and taste their amazing produce on your next visit. For a limited time only.
Please take note of the following Market closures and mark your diaries to avoid disappointment. The Market will be closed on Saturday 25 February as Exhibition Park in Canberra welcomes the annual Royal Canberra Show.
Our Market will operate as per usual on the week prior, Saturday 18 February and we will be back after the show on Saturday 4 March.
We will then be closed again for Saturday 15 April as Canberra hosts the National Folk Festival – our last usual market is Saturday 8 April, and we will return on Saturday 22 April.
Get down to these fabulous events at Exhibition Park in Canberra, they’re always great fun and a fabulous way to support the Canberra community.
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