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What’s in season? Tasty truffles of course!

Terra Preta Truffles at the Capital Region Farmers Market


The capital is the place to be when it comes to truffle season, thanks to its terrific growing conditions. Otherwise known as tuber melanosporum (we won’t blame you if you have a bit of trouble with that one), truffles are ‘hunted’ for, and are found under the surface of the ground by trained dogs.

Truffles have a unique earthy, garlicky taste, and a deep aroma. They’re the perfect addition to risottos, pastas, even gelato… and you certainly can’t go past the appeal of truffle butter.

The place to get them? Family-run truffle farm, Terra Preta Truffles are the place to go to get the goods. Located just outside of Braidwood, Terra Preta supplies their high-grade French Black truffles to restaurants all around the world. Terra Preta will be at the Market every Saturday in winter offering these delectable delights.

Take the road to supporting local

Take the road to supporting local


Each and every Saturday, thousands of Canberrans visit the Capital Region Farmers Market to buy the best and freshest produce in the region. We want to ensure that the introduction of the road works around EPIC and the Market don’t deter our Market customers from supporting local. Farmers, bakers, fishermen, beekeepers, cattle growers, food creators and many more come to the Market each week to share their produce with Canberra, and they truly appreciate Market-goers continued patronage and support during this time. Not only does the Market support local food growers, but funds raised from the Market go straight back into the community with our Produce for Purpose initiative.

We appreciate your continued support over the coming months.

Find out more about information on road closures, and what the best route for getting to the Market is for you.

Capital Region Farmers Market Road Closures

Road Closures at the Capital Region Farmers Market


Over the coming months, an upgrade of the busy intersection of the Federal Highway and Old Well Station Road is underway to install traffic lights for improved safety.

The process began Monday 7 May and will directly affect Saturday morning commutes to the Capital Region Farmers Market, as Old Wells Station Road will not be accessible from the Federal Highway.

Access to the Market via Flemington Road and Morriset Road has not changed, and both of these routes are still in use.

To access the Capital Region Farmers Market via Stirling Avenue, patrons are advised to take either of the following routes, depending on which direction they are traveling from:

  • If traveling southbound along the Federal Highway (i.e. from Goulburn, Majura, or Watson), turn right at Stirling Ave (at the service station/ McDonald’s). Once inside Gate 4, follow the signs to gate 8 turn left to find available parking
  • If traveling northbound along Northbourne Ave (i.e. from the City, Tuggeranong or Woden), turn left at Stirling Ave (at the service station/ McDonald’s). Once inside Gate 4, follow the signs to gate 8 to find available parking

EPIC-RoadClosures

These routes will be the most efficient way to access the Market until the end of August 2018 (date TBC) when the roadworks will be finalised.

Traveling by bus? Click here to find how to get to the Market with Transport Canberra.

Stay tuned for developments of road closures by following us on Facebook and regularly checking the Capital Region Farmers Market website.

If you have any questions or queries regarding these changes, please contact the Market Manager on market.manager@crfm.com.au or 0400 852 227.

Find out more about Road Closures from EPIC.

Meet the stallholder: Mitch and Carmen from Honey Delight and Canberra Urban Honey


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? Then check out our ‘meet the stallholder’ video series on our Market YouTube channel.

This month –  meet Mitch and Carmen from Honey Delight and Canberra Urban Honey. Honey Delight is a boutique brand that celebrates four generations of beekeepers, which is based in Inveral, New South Wales. Mitch and Carmen have over 40 hives in Canberra, and 3000 hives in the region.  Mitch says Canberra Urban Honey does things a little bit differently – there’s a strong focus on sustainability with hives in backyards around Canberra to increase bees and pollination within the city.

Make sure to pop by and say hi to these two extraordinarily passionate beekeepers, and pick up some of their popular stringybark or yellow box flavours of honey next time you visit the Market.

Find out more about our Market stallholders in our stallholder video series here.

NEW: Holy moly! Love Street Bagels arrive at CRFM

Love Street Bagels at the Capital Region Farmers Market


We have some fabulous news for bagel lovers to fill the bagel-shaped hole in their heart: Canberra-based Love Street Bagels (affectionately known as LSB) will soon be calling the Capital Region Farmers Market home.

Aaron Fain, head chef of LSB, and Katie Fain are the owners, operators and heart of LSB. Their focus is on providing Canberra with authentic New York bagels – dense and chewy on the inside, golden and crunchy on the outside. Their bagels are made fresh daily with a recipe that has been developed and honed over several years.

Aaron and Katie will be serving up several traditional bagel flavours, including plain, everything and blueberry, along with schmears to bring it all together. But the deliciousness doesn’t stop there – they’ll have gourmet twists on the classics, such as avo and poached eggs on plain bagels and Nutella and strawberries on blueberry.

Ingredients are locally sourced where possible, and even include eggs, produce and bacon from Pialligo Estate, Ainslie Urban Farms and Hilltop’s Free Range eggs.

Love Street Bagels will be attending the Market this Saturday 5 May.

Mushrooms and Olive Oil are winners

Homeleigh Grove at the Capital Region Farmer's Market


Homeleigh Grove and Shoalhaven Mushrooms are showing Australia and the world how it’s done, with both stallholders winning awards over the past month.

Homeleigh Grove was awarded a Silver medal in the London International Olive Oil Competition for their 2017 Early Harvest Extra Virgin Olive Oil, showing that local produce can compete on the world stage. This award comes after winning Silver in the Olive Awards of France this time last year. Congratulations Homeleigh Grove!

Shoalhaven Mushrooms were also recently named as a finalist in the 2018 Australian Small Business Champion Awards – Australia’s most prestigious Small Business Awards Program – in the Fresh Food category.

Congratulations Homeleigh Grove and Shoalhaven Mushrooms! We’re very lucky to have world-class stallholders with us every Saturday morning at the Capital Region Farmers Market.

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!

You better bee-lieve it – World Bee Day is coming!

Honey Delight - World Bee Day - Capital Region Farmers Markets


Bees, glorious bees. They’re tiny, adorable, and make the world a better place. They also produce delicious honey that’s sold at the Market each Saturday.

World Bee Day is coming up on Sunday 20 May and it’s sure to be a hive of activity, with CRFM stallholders Canberra Urban Honey, Win’s Creek MeaderyMelissa’s Pure Fresh Honey. and Cyprus Valley gearing up to celebrate the day. 

World Bee Day was declared by the UN late last year, aiming to raise awareness around the importance of bees and encourage protection efforts. In Australia, many of the celebrations are happening right here in the Capital. Slovenian, Swedish and Swiss embassies (all of which are home to local hives!) will be holding events throughout the day, including Honey Jarring with Canberra Urban Honey plus lots of other activities to keep everyone buzzy.

For a full program on World Bee Day in the Capital and to register your interest, visit World Bee Day Australia on Facebook.

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.

Minto Galloways win at Royal Canberra Show

They’ve done it again! Minto Galloways have scored some ribbons at the recent Royal Canberra Show. Known as one of Australia’s leading studs producing Galloway beef directly to consumers and restaurants, they are now back at the Market after their big award wins. Greg Stuart and his team were awarded Supreme Champion Galloway Exhibit, Grand Champion Galloway Female and Junior Champion Galloway Bull. Congratulations!

Meet the stallholder: Bruce from Mad Cocky Muffins

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? Then check out our ‘meet the stallholder’ video series on our Market YouTube channel.

This month –  meet Bruce from Mad Cocky Muffins. Bruce says his son bakes all their fresh muffins onsite at their bakery in Mitchell ACT. He bakes most days of the week creating around 28 muffin flavours. They showcase six varieties at a time each week at the Market so are always mixing it up. He says the most popular variety is apple cinnamon custard, closely followed by the white chocolate. Stop in and say hi to Bruce and grab your morning muffin when you next visit the Market.

Find out more about our Market stallholders in our stallholder video series here.

NEW: Delicious pork products from Wagga Free Range Pork

Bacon. Mmmm did somebody say bacon? (drool) This bacon is extra delicious and has no added nitrite so it’s better for you than regular bacon. It comes from Market newcomer Wagga Free Range Pork – Berkshire Pigs  who, as the name suggests, pride themselves on a range of free range pork products. Steve and Leah Anderson, with their three children, run pure bred Berkshire pigs on their farm in Wagga which they say has more flavour than that available from commercially bred ‘white’ pork. Their Berkshires grow slower and are kept lean so as to not get too fatty, consuming a diet high in fresh fruit and vegetables along with specially formulated pig pellet grain and fresh water. The family do all their own smoking and curing to create a range of traditional pork smallgoods including smoked chorizo, smoked kabana, no nitrite bacon and ham, ham hocks, sliced leg ham and a range of unique handcrafted fresh sausages. Get some pork on your fork at your next Market visit.

Meet the stallholder: Carmella from River Road Nursery


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? Then check out our ‘meet the stallholder’ video series on our Market YouTube channel.

This month –  meet Carmella from River Road Nursery. River Road Nursery is based locally just past Queanbeyan at Oak’s Estate. Being local means River Road’s plants are different from other growers, as they’re grown to be acclimatised to Canberra’s hot summers and cold winters – and of course, River Road’s key difference is that they’re all grown with love. Popular plants from the Nursery include lemon trees, cut flowers and olives from their olive grove!

Find out more about our Market stallholders in our stallholder video series here.

 

Tilba Real Dairy put on a show at the Sydney Royal Show


We love it when our producers put on a show – especially when it’s at the Sydney Royal Show. Our regular stallholders, Tilba Real Dairy (also known as South Coast Cheese) won big in February when they were crowned with the title of Grand Champion for their Double Cream. But wait there’s more.

Just to add to the impressiveness of being crowned Grand Champ of Double Cream, they continued their awards streak with three golds, two silvers, and bronze for their 2Full Cream Milk; Double Cream; Haloumi; Low Fat Milk; Mountain Ash; Persian Fetta; and Double Jersey Cream.

Congratulations to Tilba Real Dairy. We can’t wait to have them back at the Market, sharing their many award-winning products!

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.