Yep indeed the weather might be colder, but you can make it that more bearable by stocking up your fruit bowls with some of our producers’ fresh seasonal offerings. This month sees the return of a few favourites with delicious fruits on offer. Burnbar Fruit are back on 22 June with ripe custard apples and lovely avocados. And mandarin season is finally here! The season started late due to the unseasonably warm weather, as the frost is needed to bring out the sweetness of these little orange delights, but Auddino’s Produce are now on board with mandarins at the market each week. Grab some for the best vitamin c hit ever!
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This month we would like to warmly welcome two new stallholders – ZV Bakery and Pialligo Farm Smokehouse
ZV Bakery owner, Ben Hoitink, may have just started at the market, but he’s been in the baking industry for over 30 years. Having formerly owned Yarralumla Bakery with his brother, Ben is a qualified pastry chef by trade who wanted a lifestyle change, and so ZV was born. Ben has established his new business with a range of bagels in several varieties, family quiches and pies, sausage rolls and seasonal bakery goods for Christmas and Easter. Baking everything on his commercial premises in Scullin, the goods are brought fresh to the market every week and with winter upon us, his family pies and quiches make a wonderful hearty meal. Varieties include chunky beef, red wine and mushroom pie and his mixed grill pie with sausage, caramelised onion and bacon. Delicious quiches are available with salmon and dill, roast potato and pumpkin and spinach and pine nut varieties. Yum!
Pialligo Farm Smokehouse is also new to the market. Hailing from the Pialligo Estate winery site, just to the south east of the Canberra City Centre, owners Charlie and Peter have been busy creating a new range of smoked products from their boutique traditional kiln smokehouse which has been in operation for the past six months. Together they have around 10-15 years experience in smoking meats and seafood. We first welcomed them at the market on 8 June and they’re already proving popular with smoked products including salmon, trout, eel, duck, chicken and bacon. Come talk to Charlie and Peter, find out about the products and why they are also the proud winners of three medals and the Champions trophy for their smoked salmon at the 2013 Sydney Royal Fine Food Show.
We’d like to let you know about the signage you’ll no doubt see around the market which let you know a little more about what you’re buying and where the produce comes from. If you see a green sign for Producer, it means the product/produce has been grown or made by the stallholder. Orange signs indicate an Agent which means that the produce/product is permitted under the Capital Region Farmers Market rules that allow a producer to on sell on behalf of another authorised producer. And finally our beetroot coloured signs for Organic/Biodynamic Producer. As the name suggests, this indicates that the produce is being grown under either organic or biodynamic recognised certification and conditions. And in this case, a current certificate of certification will be displayed at all times by the stall holder. Keep your eye out for the signs when you’re next visiting your favourite stallholder.
This month we would like to pay homage to some of our keen market customers. You may know of these two already but if you don’t, then you should. The Merrymaker Sisters, Carla and Emma, are two young Canberrans forging their way with healthy eating options that are super tasty without using sugar or processed foods. Their lifestyle revolves around moving, cooking and eating, and they share their stories, healthy recipes, ideas and observations via their blog. These girls LOVE their fresh food, and are loyal market customers each week.
“We love to go to the markets and pick up our week’s worth of fruit, vegetables and fresh produce. The food is always fresh and makes our recipes extra tasty (we can definitely tell the difference from supermarket bought produce…fresh is best!) The atmosphere is always buzzing and it is so nice to chat to the stall holders and learn a little about their produce. We love seeing so many people supporting our local producers and enjoying fresh and healthy food.” Find out more about the Merrymaker Sisters at themerrymakersisters.com.
In other awards news, Minto Galloways have again found themselves in the winner’s circle at the recent Royal Bathurst Show. They took some stock to the show and won Grand Champion Bull and Grand Champion female which then gave them Supreme Galloway exhibit. They won Champion Junior Female and Reserve Champion Senior Female Belted Galloway, and were also awarded the most successful Belted Galloway exhibitor medallion. But the most satisfying win for them was coming second in the all breed’s interbreed Cow and Calf competition. Their products can be found at the market each week. A big congratulations Chris & Greg!
We’re proud to announce a major award for our resident Oyster man, Tall Paul. Not only does this guy have beautiful Sydney Rock Oysters farmed on the Clyde River at Batemans Bay, but he’s just received a Bravery Medal from the Governor General of Australia, Her Excellency Quentin Bryce. Modest as ever, it’s all in a day’s work for our favourite oyster farmer – “Yes it is a Bravery Medal and I received it because I pulled the driver of a crashed fuel tanker to safety while 20 000 litres of fuel were pouring out of it. What can I say? He needed help and I was the only one there. So we both lived and we’re both still here”, he said. Congratulations Paul!
This month we would like to warmly welcome our new stallholder ZV Bakery.
Kangaroobie Vinegar Brewery (KVB) is also new to the market. Proudly owned and operated by Natalie and Simon Forsyth, they’re artisan producers of high quality vinegars made from locally sourced fruit and vegetable juices, locally brewed beer and wines. Quality vinegar takes time to produce and kvb’s first available product is a cherry vinegar made from cherry juice sourced in 2010 and 2011. All of the products are pure vinegars, brewed using traditional methods from juice or alcohol in Kangaroobie, just outside of Orange in NSW. Unlike many fruit vinegars on the market, KBV’s cherry vinegar is made by fermenting cherry juice – it is not simply a blend of red wine vinegar and fruit flavour. Be sure to check them out at the Capital Region Farmers Market on your next visit.
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.