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Pesticide-free greens from Nelligrow Hydroponics

Steph and Mark are a pair that know a lot about the benefits of growing greens that are herbicide and pesticide fee. That’s how they do it with their hydroponic set up, Nelligrow Hydroponics, located around five kilometres out of Nelligen on the South Coast of NSW. They set up Nelligrow Hydroponics farm around two years ago and are set to start at our Market in time for our 15th birthday on Saturday 16th March. They grow a good range of lettuce and herbs with no herbicides, no pesticides, and no chemical sprays. Steph says the hydroponic set up and the fact that the plants are off the ground gives them greater control over insects and pests.

Nelligrow produce Baby Cos, Red Oak Lettuce and Green Oak Lettuce, along with watercress, salad mixes, herbs such as coriander, basil, chives, parsley and beetroot leaves, and microgreens. They will have their range available at the Market including whole heads of lettuce, washed bags and punnets of micro herbs. Stop by and check them out.

Stikkie Bikkie is back!

One thing’s for sure, our Market community is seriously loved by our stallholders and customers alike. So much so, that some return after leaving. Such is the case with long-time Market favourite, Stikkie Bikkie. After ten years at our Market, Henny and Amy departed in September 2018 taking their delightful Dutch Stroopwafels with them much to the disappointment of many of our customers. But we are super pleased to say they’re back this month after missing the Market community too much.

Stikkie Bikkis are traditional Dutch stroopwafels that go back hundreds of years. It’s a waffle made from two very thin layers of baked dough with a caramel syrup filling in the middle. They are served hot with the filling sticky – delish! Henny bought his own machine from The Netherlands and was one of the first to start making them in Australia. Stikkie Bikkie will be at the Market fortnightly from 23rd March on.

What’s in season: Flavoursome figs

Jiggety Jigs. Come to Market and get your figs. March is the month when you can pick up some luscious figs from our friends at Hill Lock Orchard. Khodr and Mohamed Hamdan grow their figs on their property in Wombat, a town in the South West Slopes region of NSW, not too far from Young. They’re fresh and flavoursome right now.

The common fig, Ficus carica, is a flowering plant in the mulberry family, a native to the Middle East and western Asia. Rich in fibre, figs are also a good source of calcium and full of vital vitamins and minerals with Vitamins A, B1 and B2, manganese and potassium, magnesium, copper, iron and phosphorus. So, now that you know they are healthy, what can you do with your fresh figs? They make a lovely breakfast topping, you can roast them with honey, turn them into jam or chutney, stuff them with cheese and bake, or add them to your favourite salads. Figtastic!

15 years feeding the community

Happy Birthday to us! 15 years feeding the community

Happy Birthday to us! This month our Market celebrates 15 years feeding the Canberra community. After 15 years, the Capital Region Farmers Market is still thriving in Canberra. It’s been 15 years of fresh produce, 15 years supporting local and regional farmers and producers, 15 years supporting community projects and contributions through Rotary, and 15 years successfully feeding our community.

We will mark the occasion with a celebration on market day, Saturday 16th March. Visit us for your chance to win one of 20 bags of fresh Market produce. We will also have stalls set up by some of the many local organisations who have benefited greatly as a direct result of contributions from the Capital Region Farmers Market. Food affiliated stalls will also be on site to celebrate, and visitors can get a real birthday party feel with a huge 15th birthday model cake onsite to mark the occasion.

We really have come such a long way since the Market’s inception back in 2003. We started out in 2004 with just 15 stalls and around 850 customers, and today we are a busy Market offering a range of new and familiar produce to the discerning shopper.  The Market now has around 100 stalls and welcomes around 6000 customers each week. We welcome the Canberra community to come along and mark this very special milestone with us and hope to see a bustling Market on 16th March to celebrate.

Calling all long-term customers – have you been with us since the start?

We can’t quite believe it, but in March this year, our much-loved Market is turning 15 years old.

We have come a long way in these past 15 years, from humble beginnings with just 15 stalls and around 500 customers, to our bustling Market of today attracting more than ten times the customers each and every Saturday. Have you been with us since the start? If you have been a Market customer since 2004, we’d love to hear from you!  What do you like about the Market? Why are you a loyal customer? What’s changed in 15 years? What would you like to see for our Market in future?

If you’re keen to share your thoughts, please get in touch at  market.manager@crfm.com.au by Friday 22nd February 2019. Your feedback is welcome and may be used as part of our 15th birthday commemorations and celebrations, and to inform future planning for our Market.

What’s in season: Mountains of melons, great grapes, beautiful beans and broccoli

Isn’t this warm weather just divine. February’s glorious weather brings a bounty of fresh fruit and vegetables to the Market each Saturday.

We’ve got mountains of melons – with watermelon and rockmelon in abundance right now from Armanini Produce from Yoogali in NSW. Watermelons are wonderful in fresh summery salads, juices, smoothies, ice blocks and cocktails. And rockmelons pack a good punch of Vitamin C, folate, beta carotene and fibre, and are just all-round delish. If you like your grapes, there are plenty of Menindee seedless table grapes also available from Armanini Produce right now. Beautiful, fresh green beans and broccoli await from our growers at Kurrawong Organics in Kirkconnell, NSW. Perfect for a green healthy boost.

NEW: Butt’s Gourmet Smokehouse

Sweet, sweet smoked meat. Husband and wife team Anthony Ainsworth and Marie Bucher know a lot about smoked meats. And they’re happy to share their knowledge and goods with you as one of our newest stallholders, Butt’s Gourmet Smokehouse.

Tracing its history back to the early 1930s when the current business premises were first established as a butcher shop in Albury, today Butt’s produces a growing range of high-quality meat products using traditional and contemporary recipes. And what a range! Butt’s Gourmet Smokehouse produces everything from smoked chicken breast, lamb, beef, turkey and duck, to the more exotic kangaroo and eel. This sustainable operation uses Redgum wood sourced from the Riverina for smoking all products, locally sourced raw materials and locally sourced meats, vegetables and spices wherever possible. With no e numbers in any of the products, the wide selection of smoked products with some gluten free options are available at the Market now.

NEW: Farmer Brown’s Pastured Free Range Eggs

When you think farm produce, thoughts can’t be far away from delicious, farm fresh eggs. And although you might not have the luxury of fresh eggs from your own hens at home, with our new stallholder you can be assured they’re super fresh with very low food miles.

Farmer Brown’s Pastured Free Range Eggs is a locally owned family business producing free range ‘pastured’ eggs. The Brown Family were one of the original settlers in the Hall region, and their 20 hectare farm is located in Hall today where their eggs are ethically and sustainably produced – a mere ten kilometres from our Market! The hens have free roaming access to pastures, plenty of space and live in a low stocking density under 100 hens per hectare. Try these high quality, chemical free eggs on your next visit to Market. You’ll be egg-static!

Calling all genuine growers

Are you a genuine grower? Are you in horticulture, fruit growing, or vegetable growing and want to be involved in the Market as a stallholder?

We are seeking genuine growers who can offer something unique and local to Canberra’s biggest and best authentic Farmers Market. With thousands of shoppers passing through our doors each week, we would love to offer opportunities to become a stallholder to the right people.

Please get in touch with our Market Manager, Karen Cook, if you would like to be a trader at this growing and vibrant Farmers Market.

Christmas gifts Market-style

Know a hard-to-buy for foodie? We’ve got some great Christmas gift ideas that we are sure they’ll love. How about a Farmers Market Gift Card, our Recipe Book or some reusable produce bags?

Market Gift Cards are available for purchase from the Rotary Desk in the north-western entrance to the Market and are available in denominations of $10, $30 and $50. And you can head there to buy reusable mesh produce bags from Tulgeen at five for $15. And why not get your hands on the Market’s Recipe Book. More than just a cook book, it offers a brief history of the Market, the charitable work Rotary is involved in, and an array of seasonal recipes selected by our stallholders.

All proceeds go to Rotary Club of Hall so you’re doing a good deed at Christmas time too.