One of the best things about shopping at the Farmers Market is the comfort in knowing exactly where your food comes from. When you buy with us you can be confident in knowing the food’s provenance– where it was grown, how it was grown, the various methods used, and how it arrived at the Market for you fresh each Saturday morning. Visiting us is one of the best ways to connect with where your food comes from by meeting and talking to our wonderfully friendly farmers and producers at their stalls.
Each week we have over 100 stallholders who bring their freshly picked and grown produce to Market, and they travel to us from their farms locally, throughout the Canberra region, the Riverina region, and from the South West Slopes, Snowy Region and South Coast of NSW.
As we like to say – you CAN get your oranges from California, or you can get them from Mick Auddino from Auddino’s Produce, picked on his family farm in Leeton NSW. You can make the choice.
We love spring for all the fresh vegetables the season brings, and we are so pleased to see the asparagus starting to arrive at Market. This spring veggie, a flowering perennial species of the genus Asparagus, offers its young shoots which are delicious for eating. Water makes up 93% of asparagus’ composition – and this green beauty is low in calories and very low in sodium, whilst also being packed with Vitamin B, Calcium, Magnesium and Zinc, and a very good source of dietary fibre.
Asparagus is delicious roasted at this time of year, and you can also add flavours like cheese and garlic when roasting. Add asparagus to your carbonara pasta for a delicious twist, or wrap the spears in bacon. It is also a lovely accompaniment to chicken and fish dishes. You can get your fresh asparagus from Market from Donald Smith Horticulture, Melissa Pure Fresh Honey and from Shane Armanini from Armanini Produce, located in Yoogali not far from Griffith, NSW.
Is there anything better than sitting in the glorious spring sunshine, glass of wine in hand? Yep! It IS even better if the wine is locally made from a family-owned producer in the Canberra District.
Idyllic Hills Wines is a boutique producer of high-quality Canberra District Wines. Their vineyard, located in Murrumbateman, is now over 20 years old and is planted with Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Viognier. Adopting only the best viticultural practices in growing the fruit, they use extensive bird netting in the final ripening stages, with no pesticides used. The fruit is then vinified and bottled under Idyllic’s supervision at a neighbouring winery.
Idyllic are now at Market every weekend and offer packaged wine for purchase by the bottle or case. Cheers to that!
Variety is the spice of life as they say, and for farmer Shane Armanini he certainly has a variety of things on his plate. As a family farmer with a property located in Yoogali just near Griffith in NSW, Shane’s focus shifts with the seasons as he moves between the produce that grows well at each time of year and gets it fresh to Market for discerning shoppers who want the freshest in fruit and vegies direct from a quality grower.
Shane started Armanini Produce back in 2004, and has had a long history with farming. Having grown up on horticulture farms – mainly stone fruit and wine grapes – he married into a family that also grows wine grapes which he continues to grow, with the addition of vegetables grown seasonally.
Right now, asparagus is in abundance. You can find Shane at Market with his fresh asparagus which he transports himself each Saturday on the four-hour one-way journey from Yoogali. After October, Shane will then return to Market in mid-January with table grapes and mixed melons on offer for your summer fruit platters. Say hello to Shane and hear all about what he’s got growing on your next visit to Market.
Did you know the Market has one very special stallholder who actually makes their own tea? Russell and Lyn from Windellama Organics are creating their own herbal teas made from their own dried herbs – and with no black or green tea in sight!
Russell and Lyn farm on their property in Windellama NSW, which is situated to the east of Lake George, between Canberra and the South Coast on the Southern Tablelands of NSW. The farm is organically certified and there they grow stone fruits, vegetables, and free-range eggs which they sell at Market. And it’s their teas which have been gaining attention of late. They’re producing a range of around 15 tea blends that can be enjoyed hot or cold with varieties including their Lemon Thyme and Ginger tea, and their BOOST tea made with all organic nettle, black peppermint, raspberry leaf and aromatic heritage pink rose petal. Other varieties include Chamomile Plus, Princess Grey, Clean & Green and Black Velvet.
Stop in and see Russell and Lyn on your next visit to Market and take home a blend for your own delicious cuppa.
We’re all abuzz with the news that we have a new honey stallholder at Market. Martin’s Honey started at the Market late last month and is a sweet addition for all our lovers of fresh honey and honey products. Just to confuse things, Martin’s is actually owned by Kevin who has been a beekeeper in the Central West of NSW for many years, attending several different markets around NSW. Unfortunately, his hives have been affected by the state’s severe drought forcing Kevin to move his bees to the South Coast for a better climate. Now that the bees are in their new home, Kevin has honey harvested from Cabbage Tree Creek just near Nelligen on the coast and will be at Market with honey – both pure and raw – honeycomb and beeswax products. Get your fresh honey and honey products from Kevin at Martin’s Honey on your next visit.
With spring comes an abundance of fresh seasonal fruit and veg. Celery has been springing up and is ready to go from Rita’s Farm Produce. What you might not know is that celery is a marshland plant, with shallow roots and a high demand for water and nutrients. With a long fibrous stalk tapering into leaves, celery is wonderful for flavouring stocks, in salads, and in recent times has been hailed for its health benefits when juiced. Celery is loaded with essential minerals and vitamins such as folate, potassium, Vitamins B6, K and C. The luteolin in celery protects skin from the inside and prevents UV-induced damage. What a fab vegetable! Rita’s Farm is a family owned farm operating in Wallacia, NSW, with Head Farmer, Rita, previously a nurse in rural China using herbs and vegetables to ensure family, friends and patients lived and ate healthy.
This month tomatoes are also in abundance at Market, with a range of tomato varieties available from Rita’s Farm, along with Dilliro Vegetables, B&S Fresh Produce and Wollondilly Produce. Tomatoes have endless uses, and there are some different ways to use lovely fresh tomatoes such as in homemade bruschetta or tomato soup or stuffed, pickled or roasted. Yum!
At last, spring has sprung! You can see and smell it around town with the eruption of the cherry blossoms announcing the new season’s arrival, and of course, our city welcomes Floriade on Saturday too.
To join in the spring fun, the Market is hosting A Taste of Spring this coming Saturday 14th September. As part of the day, the CIT Kitchen will be moving up to the front of the Market to create a range of delicious recipes using the freshest in seasonal produce straight from the Market. Watch these talented local chefs create warm spring salad of eggplant, tofu and greens, roasted cauliflower with almond sauce, bbq pork ribs with radish and spring greens, and for the sweet tooths – vegan pavlova with strawberries.
Our friends from CIT will have printed recipes on hand so you can shop the Market for everything you need to create these spring recipes at home. And if spring gardening is more your thing, we will have the crew from Marymead’s MULCH onsite. MULCH is a horticultural social enterprise supporting adults with disability to engage in a productive urban farm. They will have a community stand on-site with their participants selling colourful potted tulips.
A Taste of Spring is on Saturday 14th September 7.30am – 11.30am.
Mmm cheese. Mmm French-style artisan cheese, even better! We have some delicious new cheeses for you direct from Market newcomer, The Peaks Artisan Cheesemakers, and boy are these cheeses good. The Peaks Artisan Cheesemakers are Luke Armstrong and Vanessa Lipscombe, and all their cheeses are handmade from their micro cheese factory located in beautiful Northeast Victoria, using locally sourced organic cow and goat’s milk. And their goal is simple – to make beautiful cheese from the highest quality local milk.
Both their cow and goat milk is sourced from single herds in the Victorian Alpine region, and single-source milk means minimal processing and maximum freshness. The Peaks currently have four different kinds of cheese available – two soft goat’s cheeses, one soft cow’s cheese, and a hard cow’s cheese. The Peaks Artisan Cheesemakers will be attending the Market monthly, and if you want to come in and sample some of their cheeses, you can find them at stand number 123.