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.
Our long time Market stallholders, Homeleigh Grove, have done it again taking out several gold medals at the Australian National Olive Oil Competition and Sydney Royal Olive Oil competitions – both held last month.
Peter O’Clery from Homeleigh Grove says they are thrilled with this year’s awards which have seen them take out three gold medals for the first time. At the Australian National Olive Oil Competition, they scored gold medals for both their Early Harvest Extra Virgin Olive Oil and their Lemon Myrtle flavoured oil. This competition also saw them score a silver medal for their Wild Lime and Chilli flavoured oil. Just as big is the news that they scored another gold medal, this time for the Lemon Myrtle flavoured oil, at the Sydney Royal Olive Oil Competition. And it was silver-a-plenty with five silver medals awarded for the Early Harvest Extra Virgin Olive Oil, the Homeleigh Grove Extra Virgin Olive Oil, the Wild Lime and Chilli flavoured oil, the Basil and Garlic flavoured oil, and the plain Garlic Oil.
Proof once again that they’re the good oil. Congratulations Peter and Caroline!
Coffee cold brewed? Ever tried it? It’s super delish and the flavour difference between hot and cold brewed coffee is quite immense. Just ask our Market newcomers, Bellerophon Cold Brew.
Bellerophon was founded in Canberra and is handcrafted coffee using only the highest grade specialty coffee. These guys brew their coffee cold, deliver it cold and serve it cold. So what exactly is cold brew coffee? Simply put, it is ground coffee steeped in cold water and strained. Iced coffee is generally brewed hot and then poured over ice – the process is fast and the coffee has to be brewed stronger than standard coffee to make up for the dilution caused by the ice – they are also often bitter to drink. Cold brew coffee on the other hand takes 12-24 hours to steep but has a far gentler infusion process which produces a naturally sweeter drink.
Bellerophon has a close partnership with a local café which has allowed them to use roasts designed especially for cold brew to achieve a cup with unrivalled sweetness and complexity. They implement a three stage filtering process using high grade commercial filters commonly seen in the wine and beer industry, which produces clarity and a mouth feel not typically seen in traditional cold brew. Grab yourself one on your next visit to Market.
Changed conditions today for shoppers at the Capital Region Farmers Market – due to the National Caravan Rally, EPIC is in lock down and the only access for shoppers is via Wells Station Road – off Federal Highway, or Morisset St – off Flemington Road @ Mitchell, but we are still OPEN for business as usual.
What is Cold Brew Coffee?
Cold-brewed coffee is ground coffee steeped in cold water and strained
Iced coffee is generally brewed hot and then poured over ice.
The difference in flavour between the two methods is immense.
Iced coffee is a very fast process and the coffee has to be brewed stronger than standard coffee to make up for the severe dilution caused by the ice. This method tends to make for a more bitter drink, because of the intense and rapid extraction of flavour from the beans by the hot water.
Cold brew, takes a 12—24 hours but has a far gentler infusion process producing a drink of lower acidity, which is why cold brew coffee is naturally sweeter.
It can also be served over ice without such extreme dilution because it’s already cold.
For these reasons, cold brewing is generally regarded as the better method for producing cold coffee.
With the change in season comes a slew of new stallholders to delight us!
Pasta – it’s a mainstay of any pantry. And your pantry (and tummy!) will thank you for stocking up on Nonna Maria’s Pasta. There’s gnocchi, ravioli and even gluten free varieties for you to try out.
As we creep towards the warmer months, we find ourselves craving the tastes of the Mediterranean. Dip into some freshly made Turkish dips, snack on a Mediterranean salad or stuff yourself silly with stuffed vine leaves from Meze Fresh Mediterranean Cuisine.
And meat lovers, rejoice! Two new stallholders have joined us. Luke and Rory, the boys from Barbell Biltong are introducing Canberra to this South African beef snack that is protein dense and mega tasty. If traditional jerky is more your thing, Jono’s Jerky has a variety of unique and interesting flavours – get your hands on a bag of his gourmet small batch jerky this Saturday!
If there’s one stallholder that knows the value of the adage ‘an apple a day’, it’s Ellamatta Orchards.
You’ll find Grahame at the Market most weeks, bringing his produce from one of the two orchards he operates in Nashdale, New South Wales. Throughout the year Ellamatta Orchards brings beautiful seasonal fruit to the Market – everything from apples and pears to cherries, stone fruit and berries.
Keep your eyes peeled for the start of the strawberry season, and start counting down the sleeps until the cherries appear in mid November!
Had a ruff week? Not to worry – you’ve always got the Capital Region Farmers Market to welcome the start of your weekend.
Just a reminder, we love seeing your friendly four-legged friend at the Market, but please make sure your beloved pooch stays locked up outside of the shed while you shop.
Authorised Assistance Dogs (guide, hearing or service dogs) are welcome.
Time and money – two precious resources that we could always do with more of. We’ve got 5 ways you can save both time and money by shopping at the Capital Region Farmers Market.
1. Buy locally: Purchasing fresh, local produce that is in season is an obvious way to cut back on needless expenses. Stop yourself from spending your dollars on out-of-season (and expensive) fruit and veg and embrace the taste of the season. And buying fresh produce that hasn’t been stockpiled in some distribution warehouse for weeks before it gets to you means that it will stay fresher for longer – cutting down on food waste.
2. Plan ahead: If you’re limited to buying your groceries once a week, we promise you that you become a lot better at planning out what you want to eat. Do a stock take of what you have available and pick up what you need from the Market at 7.30am on Saturdays.
3. Double batch your cooking: No matter if you love or loathe cooking, the cleaning up of the pots and pans is always a bit of a pain. Solution: always cook a little extra than what you need for that one meal, giving you longer til you have to cook again. If you’re not planning on eating it within 24 hours, pop it in the freezer for a guilt-free Market produce freezer dinner!
4. Stock up on staples: A well stocked pantry will be the key to your money and time saving success! There will be no need to have to make that second dash to the shops when you know you have plenty of pasta and jar of tomato sauce ready for your dinner that night!
5. Pick up tips: No one knows their way around fresh Market produce quite like the people who’ve brought it on the day. Cut down on need to research how best to cook with your chosen ingredient and simply ask. Our knowledgeable stallholders will be happy to provide you with free cooking and storage tips!
You’ll also save on paying for parking, and be sure to sample the tasty produce as you’re walking around – there’s freebies aplenty!