There are loads of fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables at the market with the team from Tree Tops having fresh pears, chestnuts and apples in many varieties over the coming weeks and into winter. You’ll find Granny Smith, Rosy Glow, Fuji and Pink Lady apples amongst others, as well as fresh apple juice on offer from these market regulars.
This year, April marks our 9th year at EPIC – how time flies when you’re having fun. It’s been 9 years of saying no to supermarket produce and yes to locally sourced, fresh produce. 9 years of celebrating the region’s best producers and bringing Canberrans closer to their food. Did you know some of our stallholders have been with us since the very beginning? We would like to give those stallholders a special mention:
- Bryan Loader
- Cypress Valley
- Gleann Na Meala
- Homeleigh Grove
- Jindebah Hills Coffee
- Kitonadai Kihatsu
- Lindfield Park
- Melissa Pure Fresh
- Mowbray Park Produce
- Young District Stone Fruit
They have all been with us since we first opened and we’re delighted to see they’re still selling their wonderful produce at the Market.
Over the years we’ve attained some pretty noteworthy fans including Minister Andrew Barr, well-known chefs Tom Moore and Stephanie Alexander and many others. We’ve played host to the ABC during live broadcasts, and we’ve been featured in many prominent news publications. But none of this would be possible without our fantastic producers and shoppers – a community of people who appreciate fresh local produce, and will settle for nothing less.
This month we would like to welcome back a few stallholders who will be bringing with them a lovely selection of cool climate produce. Clearview Organics, Kalyarni Natural Farms and Doonkuna Orchard will all be back at the markets over the next few weeks. We’re also expecting to see Alpine Nuts, Featherdale Chestnuts and Shades of Green back with their wonderful produce this month. We will also see the return of Jean Tipping Wildflowers, bringing with them their stunning array of flowers and Hill Lock Orchard with their beautiful persimmons.
You can expect to see some fantastic Autumn fare at the markets now that the weather is cooling down, including green walnuts, chestnuts that are perfect for roasting, juicy green kiwi fruit, new season spuds and apples, as well as leeks – perfect for those winter soups.
We were so pleased to learn that the Capital Region Farmers Market was included in Canberra’s Top 100 List, developed through the ‘Like Canberra’ campaign. It is a real honour to be recognised by the people of Canberra in this way – and we would like to say thank you to all of you who voted. The Capital Region Farmers Market finds itself amongst some great company in the top 100 list, alongside fabulous attractions such as the National Museum of Australia and the Old Bus Depot Markets. Thanks guys – what an honour!
This month we would like to warmly welcome new stallholder – Crafted. Natalie Hare is the mastermind behind the vegan and gluten free cupcakes and treats now on offer at the Market. Not only is she an extremely talented cook, with a knack for nailing the science behind the baking, she’s also extremely dedicated, having honed the rare skill of being able to make delicious vegan, egg free and gelatin free meringues, macarons and marshmallows.
Natalie’s interest in gluten free and vegan foods began with a love of baking and was sparked by various friends and family who were either vegan, diabetic or suffering from food intolerances of some kind. Natalie’s favourite product is her Snickers cupcake. A rich dark chocolate cake with a belly full of soft caramel fudge, topped with a smooth “oh so peanut buttery” butter cream, lashings of chocolate sauce and a sprinkle of freshly roasted peanuts – yum.
All of her products are perfect for people with intolerances to lactose, dairy, eggs, animal proteins and animal fats and people who just love delicious baked goods. They’re also suitable for people following religious dietary guidelines, being both Halal and Kosher. The products have reduced amounts of sugar and are trans fat and cholesterol free. Thank you Natalie for turning naughty treats into not-so-naughty delights we can all enjoy!
No birthday is complete without a cake, so what better products to use than delicious local ingredients? The cake uses products found within a 100 mile radius of the capital – and we were chuffed to learn that two of them are sold at the Farmers Market. Check out the easy and delicious recipe on the C100 website.
Easter in the Nation’s capital means it’s the National Folk Festival time. It’s an iconic Canberra event, bringing with it song, dance, performers and art. And it’s all happening at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) from 28 March to 1 April 2013.
Consequently, there will be NO Capital Region Farmers Market on that weekend. However, the Market will continue as usual the following weekend (Saturday 6 April 2013), so make sure you stock up on your fresh Farmers Market produce!
This month we would like to welcome Mark Dureau to the Market. Mark will be visiting fortnightly with his wild game rabbits – and boy are we looking forward to trying them. Mark lives and operates out of Hillston, about 110km north-west of Griffith. He has been involved in the rabbit hunting industry for about 5 years, the last three as a full-time professional.
Mark has about 15 properties that he shoots on, varying in size from approx 5,000HA to 75,000 HA. Mark is able to control the number of rabbits in the area, assisting local producers and farmers as a result. Wondering what to do with your wild game rabbit? Rabbits are high in protein and are great for autumn stews or in the Crockpot. They also make a great base for curries, casseroles or even pasta dishes.
This month we’re welcoming some old favourites back to the Market including some wonderful fresh autumn produce. We’ll soon start seeing figs, almonds, walnuts, borlotti beans, leaks, passionfruit and several varieties of grapes – perfect for your autumn cooking. We also expect to be welcoming back nashi pears from Clearview Organics – delish!
It is also that time of year where we can unashamedly consume an obscene amount of chocolate and not feel guilty. Yes, it’s Easter. But don’t settle for store-bought bites this year. Instead why not pick up some locally produced organic chocolate delights from the Market this Saturday from Lindsay and Edmunds?
Get some pork on your fork, and some beef as well, with the delicious offerings from Boxgum Grazing — a new member of the Capital Region Farmers Market stallholder family.
Boxgum Grazing is a family owned farming business based near Young. They are passionate about producing high quality affordable food — including free range pork and grass fed beef — within a beautiful and productive rural landscape. In addition to their products of the culinary kind, they also offer farm stay accommodation in a picture-perfect setting. Be sure to visit Boxgum Grazing next time you’re at the Market.
Customers and stallholders can now ‘do the right thing’ when it comes to recycling, thanks to the new and improved waste management system for the Farmers Market.
Launched on 2 February 2013 in conjunction with the ACT Government and its ACTSmart Business Recycling Program, the new recycling bins will reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, and is part of the Market’s ongoing commitment to the environment.
In addition to general waste and recycling bins, there will also be organic waste bins, with any organic waste from stallholders to be put towards other Rotary Club of Hall projects (as mulch or compost, for example).
Do you know a devoted Farmers Market fan? Why not buy them a Capital Region Farmers Market gift card? The cards make an ideal gift for the foodie in your life, and can be spent at any stall.
Purchase the cards — in denominations of either $30 or $50 — from the Rotary desk at the Market (next to the ATMs).
In conjunction with Canberra’s Centenary celebrations, the Like Canberra campaign last year asked Canberrans to nominate the things they like best about their nation’s capital. Almost 14,000 entries were received, and we think it’s no surprise that the Farmers Market has been included in this list of wonderful things to see and do.
Voting is now open to determine the top 100 things Canberrans like about Canberra. These will be revealed in March 2013, and will be displayed on a commemorative poster.
So if you give the EPIC Farmers Market a big thumbs up, then be sure to do so on the Like Canberra website and place your vote. Voting closes 28 February 2013.