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Rotary’s record-breaking achievements at Floriade

Did you know that all profits raised by the Market are distributed back into the local and Australian community by our founders, the Rotary Club of Hall?

That’s right, Rotary Hall, part of Rotary District 9710, runs the Market with the aim of assisting many people and projects in need. Over the last month, Rotary District 9710 has been recognising and celebrating 90 years in Canberra with a marquee and display at this year’s Floriade. And they have achieved lot. For one, Rotary beat Iron Man’s record of 5339 signatures on a card! Their giant birthday card the size of office partitions came equipped with marker pens and a challenge to beat the world record for signatures on a giant card, which was set by Iron Man, Robert Downey Jnr. They smashed it with a massive 11,515 signatures collected by the end of Floriade. The decision by Rotary to play a prominent role over the course of the month paid off in spades. The pop-up marquee set up within the grounds of Floriade drew a steady stream of passers-by curious to learn more about the organisation’s many community activities.

A District record of 112 people signed up to join Rotary, and these included young people who were enthusiastic about local Rotaract clubs, and the District is looking forward to welcoming all of them into Rotary. 762 overseas visitors from 82 countries visited the marquee to mark their home town on a giant map, the giant birthday cake proved popular as a photo backdrop, as did the gnomes on the knoll. At Floriade NightFest, Rotary’s Rotaract teams created an awesome mural which lit up the tent during the nights with UV lights reflecting fluorescent paint.

Rotary’s celebration of 90 years in Canberra continues for the remainder of 2018, and their valuable work goes on.

It’s a mint season for mint

Fresh mint. Can you ever go past a bunch without squeezing the stuff between your fingers to release the fresh, minty scent? The aroma is something else.

Right now at The Market, fresh organic mint is in season from Kurrawong Organics weather conditions have been just right to produce an abundance of fresh mint and it’s ready for you.

Mint is a calming and soothing herb which has been used for thousands of years to aid with an upset stomach and indigestion. And this handy herb has had many other health benefits realised over the years including as a relaxant, reliever of congestion, as well as in skin care, weight loss and oral care. You can use the fresh stuff to flavour smoothies and yoghurt, make your own mint tea, sprinkle over your salads…and of course it goes great in summery cocktails. Especially in a tasty, fizzy mojito. Kurrawong Organics produce their mint in Kirkconnell NSW along with a large range of other vegetables and herbs.

See the team at Kurrawong at stand 176-177 for your mint fix.

Seasonal flowers and making baba ganoush

Our new stallholder workshops are a real hit, drawing a crowd on the second Saturday each month.

This month it’s all about flowers and baba ganoush, with plenty to learn from two of our popular stallholders. Don’t miss out on learning about seasonal flowers from Jonima Flowers and how to make baba ganoush from Meze Fresh Mediterranean Cuisine, both on Saturday 10th November.

First up at 9 am, Jonima will present a talk about how their flower business started, share information on seasonal flowers and demonstrate easy flower arranging. Jonima Flowers is a fourth generation sustainable flower farming business, based in Yanderra, NSW.

Then at 10 am, join Meze Fresh Mediterranean Cuisine where you will learn how to make baba ganoush using fresh ingredients sourced from the Market…be sure to stay around to taste just how delish it is!

All workshops are held next to the food court and seating area where CIT have their cooking demonstrations.

NEW: Canberra Magic Kitchen

It’s not easy finding quick and tasty vegan meals, but Canberra Magic Kitchen is here to solve the problem. They offer plant-based, gluten-free and fat-free, ready to go meals, all prepared locally in Canberra, in plant-based facilities. Sasha and Antonia are the wizards behind Canberra Magic Kitchen, where their passion for organic food production and healthy lifestyle comes from Sasha’s agricultural background and Antonia’s background in hospitality and tourism.

All food from Canberra Magic Kitchen is made of 100% organic ingredients, mostly sourced from certified organic producers and some from chemical-free producers. Notable vegan dishes include gluten-free stews and soups, ‘Magic Brekkie’, gluten-free crepes with homemade “notella”, vegan cakes, raw bliss balls… and more. And not only are all their meals healthy, they are also supporting the local community by sourcing food from local producers and reducing waste by using environmentally-friendly packaging. But to take their war on waste even further, they will reward you a stamp on their loyalty card each time you bring your own container to the markets to purchase their food. Collect 10 stamps, and you get one free meal. It’s plant-based food at its best!

October Stallholder Workshops: Learn the delicacies of handmade bao and cannoli

“Good food not only fills the stomach, but it also lights up the day,” says Angel from Superbao. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as biting into a soft and fluffy steam bun filled with mouth-watering fillings. The team at Superbao are determined to make sure every bite of their bao is a super moment and each steam bun is hand made to ensure the texture is soft and fluffy. To have your own superhero moment, come along to their stallholder workshop, where you will see how they cook their handmade steam buns (and compare them to supermarket frozen buns). There will also be a delicious demonstration on how to cook their classic pork belly and tastings for the audience. The SuperBao workshop kicks off at 9am.

Cannoli – soft and donutty or crispy and creamy? Turns out they can be both, and Andrew from the Cannoli Brothers team will discuss the differences between the types of cannoli. This workshop will reveal the story of Cannoli in all forms and then exhibit and discuss the stages and equipment used in the process to get their delicious Cannoli to the customer, using examples from their factory. The workshop highlight will be the interactive ‘fill your own Cannoli’ experience and Cannoli tasting. The Cannoli workshop will begin at 10am.

Head to the Market on Saturday 13 October from 9am for these delicious and informative workshops.

Updated access to the Market

Goods news! The intersection of the Federal Highway and Old Well Station Rd has re-opened. You may notice traffic lights at the intersection now, making access to this road much safer.

If travelling along Federal Hwy from Goulburn / Majura, turn right at the intersection of Old Wells Station Rd and Federal Hwy, then turn left at the Farmers Market Gate, follow to carpark. If you’re coming from the City or Flemington Rd, access remains unchanged.

Gate 4 (the gate at McDonald’s and the service station) is also still open for now.

Stage Two of Old Well Station Rd will see the road closed from Canberra Park Accommodation to Morisset Rd and the shipping container entrance of Morisset Road will remain open, but this should not affect access to the Market.

For more access updates, click here.

Tour the Market with Eat Canberra Food Tours

A great way to tour the Market, find out more about our growers, our produce and our local makers is by joining the new Eat Canberra Food Tour. Hosted by local foodie, Amelie Bidgood of Eat Canberra fame, Eat Canberra Food Tours is Canberra’s first food tour company. They take you on a food adventure through Canberra’s amazing food scene, and as of this month, tours include our very own Market. Starting on Saturday 13 October, join the Eat Canberra Food Tour to the Market and you will receive a complementary $10 Capital Region Farmers Market Gift Card to spend on whatever you like. The choice is yours. Tour dates for 2018 are Saturdays 13 October, 10 November and 8 December. Learn more about Eat Canberra Food Tours.

Support for our strawberry farmers going strong

For strawberry farmers across the country, last week was one to forget, with the contaminated needle scare sending Australia into a panic. However, we are so thankful and proud of the Canberra community, who have rallied behind our local farmers and taken the ‘Cut them up, don’t cut them out’ stance. Your support was so strong C & D Camilleri even sold out early last week. We are also thankful to our stallholders such as Love St Bagels, who adapted their usual offerings to incorporate strawberries and show support.

Whilst the scare has caused some alarm, it has also resulted in a push to buy local and support our farmers. WIN News Canberra dropped by the market and ran a story on Canberra’s Strawberry Support.

Strawberries are delicious this time of year, so continue your support and cut them up, don’t cut them out. If you are looking for some fresh inspiration on how to use your strawberries, why not try putting them in smoothies, making jam, or whipping up a strawberry-themed dessert.

Meet the stallholder: Nora from Botanical Nora

Want to put a face to the business where you get your produce at the Market each week? Or a name to the face of the guy who sells you your fruit and veg? Or simply find out a little more about your food and where it comes from? Then check out our ‘meet the stallholder’ video series on our Market YouTube channel.

This month – meet Nora from Botanical Nora. Nora has been growing and specialising in succulents and cacti for years and knows a thing or two about tending to these types of plants. All her plants are grown in her garden in Ngunnawal, and are available at the Market 2 to 3 times a month.

Nora grows and sells a large variety of plants. Some of her best sellers include: echeveria, crassula, gaptoveria, sedum, agave, and aloe.

Next time you’re at the Market, make sure to swing past Botanical Nora to pick up a new addition to your home or garden, just in time for spring gardening.

Find out more about our Market stallholders in our stallholder video series here.

NEW: Paddy the Baker and Matty’s Healthy Pizza Bases

The Irish know their bread. Soda Bread is well liked in Ireland, and Irish born Gerard Winston quickly saw a gap in the market here in Australia as it just wasn’t available. And so Paddy the Baker and Matty’s Healthy Pizzas Bases was born. New to our Market, this is Australia’s only Irish Bakery with very unique products. Leaving Dublin behind in 2009, Gerard moved to Australia with his wife and five young children to start a new life. After discovering they just couldn’t get bread here like they could back home, he started their soda bread business which is now very popular amongst the Irish community. The bakery produces a range of Irish bread which is sold across markets in both Sydney and Canberra. Products include traditional soda, seedy soda, potato bread, buttermilk scones, and gluten free options too. As the name suggests, they also produce healthy pizza bases made from organic sourdough or spelt sourdough, with an organic gluten free option on offer too. You can also buy two sauces – a tomato pizza sauce, or the kale and basil vegan pesto. The idea is you can buy a base and a sauce of your choice to create a great pizza at home. Check them out and try a sample or two on your next trip to Market.

Puffy pastry making class

September Stallholder Workshops: Learn the art of butter puff pastry and chocolate making

Butter puff pastry and chocolate. Two of life’s most delicious pleasures. If you’ve ever wanted to learn about them in greater depth other than they just taste terrific, then join us at the Market’s September Stallholder Workshops. Head to the Market on Saturday 8 September and Wayne from Uncle Juan’s Bakehouse will demonstrate how he makes the old-fashioned butter puff pastry that he uses for his gourmet sausage rolls and pies. He will show you his techniques, talk about the amazing way that flour, salt and water combine to form gluten, and demonstrate how the layering and folding of dough and butter forms that beautiful flaky puff pastry. Afterwards, you can sample one of his delicious baked mini sausage rolls – with vegetarian and vegan options too. Yum!  You can catch Wayne at 9am. Then at 10am, head on over to our ever-popular chocolate makers, Jasper & Myrtle Chocolate.  If you have ever wondered how Jasper & Myrtle make their bean to bar chocolates, now is the time to find out. See how they turn their Bougainville cocoa beans into their award-winning chocolate and taste every stage of the process in the bean to bar journey. The chocolate makers will set up to show the whole process – bringing in roasted beans, with the process including winnowing (i.e. de-husking), grinding and moulding of the chocolates. Stay tuned on more upcoming workshops which will take place on the second Saturday of each month. All workshops are held next to the food court and seating area where CIT have their cooking demonstrations. They’re tasty AND educational!

Support for your local and regional drought-affected farmers

Did you know that by shopping at the Market you are supporting local and regional farmers affected by drought? Throughout August, the Rotary Club of Hall collected donations direct from the public to assist with drought relief. Through collection buckets onsite, you have helped us directly raise over $6000 for drought relief efforts – so we thank you! We are thrilled with the generosity to date. The money raised will go directly to farming families, particularly from within our Market’s stallholder catchment, in need due to the impact of the current drought. In addition, Rotary is also tipping in significant dollars to assist with the relief efforts. Identification of those in need is being handled by the Rural Financial Counselling Service, and all monies are going directly to those who need it. And remember, each and every time you shop at the Market you are helping our farmers by continuing to buy what produce they do have available. Find out more about Produce with Purpose and other community projects the Market helps fund via Rotary.

Meet the stallholder: Steve and Rob from Formichi Smallgoods


Want to put a face to the business where you get your produce at the Market each week? Or a name to the face of the guy who sells you your fruit and veg? Or simply find out a little more about your food and where it comes from? Then check out our ‘meet the stallholder’ video series on our Market YouTube channel.

This month –  meet Rob and Steve from Formichi Smallgoods. Formichi was founded all the way back in 1954 by Vasco Formichi, who migrated to Australia with his wife to start their lives in the smallgoods business. Since then, it’s developed into a family business, which is now run by Rob (the son of Vasco) and his family, including son Steve.

All of Formichi’s pigs are based in Benalla, Victoria, and all products are manufactured on premises in Wadonga. Some of the Formichi’s best sellers are their delicious salami and sausages. They also produce ham, bacon, prosciutto, pancetta, and much more.

Formichi’s smallgoods can be found at the Market each fortnight.

Find out more about our Market stallholders in our stallholder video series here.

We’re going nuts over our stallholder’s win

Alpine Nuts at the Capital Region Farmers Market


It’s been a big month for Alpine Nuts, having secured a huge win at the Australian Food Awards from the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria. The awards aim to celebrate excellence in food production around Australia and the world and are used to benchmark exhibitors against industry standards.

Alpine Nuts won a Silver medal for their mildly flavoured creamy walnuts from the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria. Their walnuts were scored based on flavour, texture and consistency. Their result was an impressive 87 out of 100, making their nuts some of the best in the state. This is a great achievement for Alpine Nuts, who pride themselves on having the freshest tasting nuts, all thanks to their sustainable farming practices.

Congratulations Alpine Nuts!