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!
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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.
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!