There is no doubt it was a very tough start to 2020 for many of our stallholders, with several members of our Market family affected both directly and indirectly by the severe bushfires across several regions. We are so sad to be missing some of our favourite stallholders during February as they try and make their way back on their feet during this difficult time. We are still sadly missing Warren’s Fresh Seafood and Rod Terry Oysters due to the fires. However, Warren’s Fresh Seafood and Rod Terry Oysters hope to be back at Market very soon, keep an eye out for announcements over the coming weeks! We will be sure to keep you updated on their return.
We are also sad to announce that visitors to the Market won’t see Donald Smith Horticulture or Laurel Hill Blueberries return this season, however, we wish them well with their recovery and hope to see them back at the Market next year. There were many more stallholders adversely impacted by the fires and we are pleased to see these stallholders back this month – Shoalhaven Mushrooms, Harrison & Sons Araluen Stone Fruit, Tilba Real Dairy, Martins Honey, Cascades Nursery and Tree Tops Batlow Apples. We know they have all had it quite rough, and the best way you can support them is to continue to come in and buy their produce.
Please note that we will have changed traffic arrangements for the Market on Saturday 22nd February, with vehicle access via Old Wells Station Road only. All pedestrian access via Gate 4 (Service Station entry) only. Please also note, the Market will be closed on Saturday 29th February due to the Royal Canberra Show, and again on Saturday 11th April over Easter due to the National Folk Festival.
There’s no doubt it’s still very warm out there. February is packing a punch when it comes to hot weather, and it’s also packing that same punch when it comes to the huge range of delicious fresh summer fruits and veg at Market. Right now, all you fruit lovers can find watermelon, nectarines, peaches, apricots, rockmelon, new-season Gala apples, plums and figs.
For your veggie fix, head in for the best in fresh capsicums, celery, chillies, cucumbers, eggplants, green beans, leeks, lettuce, onions, peas, snow peas, radish, zucchini, yellow squash, mushrooms, corn, red carrots, grey and kent pumpkin, organic red dandelion, organic Malabar spinach and Morning Glory water spinach. Perfect for all your summer salads and vegetable sides – always fresh and tasty!
Do you know the benefits of buying free-range eggs? Free-range eggs are said to bring a whole lot more to you in terms of goodness than other eggs. Free-range are better for you when it comes to nutrition, vitamins and cholesterol. Plus, of course, free-range means way happier chickens, which can only be a good thing.
Market newcomers, Bungaree Pastoral Co. are now bringing their fabulous free-range eggs to Market each week. Located in Galong, just west of Yass, Bungaree produce free-range eggs on a mixed farming enterprise with access to rotational grazing and the protection of sheds for food and nesting. These eggs are eggcellent!
We know from experience that people just love being able to chat with the growers when they come to Market. To find out about how their food is grown, the methods used to grow it and how it gets to Market each week. Thankfully we have stallholders like newcomer Paul from Thornbrook Orchard to indulge all our Market visitors each week. Thornbrook is a third-generation family-run farming business and they really pride themselves on customer service and speaking with customers directly to educate them on the fruit growing process.
With great knowledge on the entire process – from trees to fruit harvesting, packing and transporting to the Market – Paul’s family has been growing fruit in the rich soils of Mount Canobolas, not far from Orange since the orchard was established in 1947. Many fruit varieties, including several stone fruits and cherries, are grown with the Market highlighting what’s in season picked fresh. Right now, you can find fresh peaches, nectarines, plums and apples at Market. Come and say hi to Paul and the team from Thornbrook.
January has definitely been quieter than usual, and not just due to the bushfires. It’s been a time that many have been away from Market for varying reasons, so you may have been thinking it was smaller than usual all round. Never fear, as February will not only see those recovering from the bushfires return, but several others back for 2020. In February we welcome back with open arms:
- Passion and Gourmandise
- La Truffiere
- Food 4 U
- Gyoza Guy
- Crème n’ Sugar Patisserie
- The Hungry Brown Cow
- Gum Tree Pies
Head in to Market so see them and take home some delicious treats and ready-made foods.
Whilst we wish we were rolling into 2020 on a better note, sadly it’s been an extremely tough summer for many of our stallholders.
Many have been severely affected by the bushfires across several regions including the length of the NSW South Coast, Snowy Mountains, South West Slopes and Southern Highlands, experiencing partial or total destruction of property, equipment, crops and stocks.
We genuinely care about the welfare of our many farmers and producers, their families and their livelihoods, and will do whatever it takes to help and support our Farmers Market community.
Up until now, the most significant impact on our stallholders has been drought – now you add these devastating fires to the mix which will affect our stallholders in terms of short-term supply of produce, long term production and access into Canberra.
One of the ways you can support our stallholders is to continue to shop with us, buy what produce there is available and give via onsite donations.
Join us for the first Market of the year on this coming Saturday 11th January 2020, where we will launch the Farmers Market Community Bushfire Appeal.
To start the appeal, the Rotary Club of Hall has donated $50,000, but we really need your help too.
How you can assist:
- Donation buckets will be available onsite at the Market from this Saturday, and every Saturday throughout January (11th, 18th, 25th). Donations can be made via cash, or electronically.
- You can also nominate how else you can assist Rotary’s efforts by completing a form available at the Rotary bushfire marquee located at the front of the shed.
Find out more about our appeal, what you can do to help and where your money goes HERE
So, what’s new as we start the new year?
We have two fabulous new stallholders to come in and try. First up we have M&N Top Spot. And they have the most deliciously juicy cherries just waiting for you. This family owned and managed cherry farm has been operating for the past 27 years. They’ll also have fresh plums, apricots, persimmons, figs and loquat.
If bakery goods are more your thing, come in and see Market newcomer Three Mills Bakery. Based in Majura Park, Three Mills is an artisan sourdough and pastry bakery. This small, close knit team of bakers and pastry chefs are passionate about creating hand made products to be consumed fresh. Products include specialty sourdough such as quinoa and walnut, twice-cooked croissants and savoury danishes, with a focus on using local products and suppliers, and the donation of waste products back to local farmers.
Don’t forget, our Market trading hours remain 7.30am – 11.30am Saturdays.
And remember, all profits from Market stallholder fees are fed back into regional communities and other projects chosen by the Rotary Club of Hall, so when you buy from the Capital Region Farmers Market you really are buying produce with purpose.
See you on Saturday 11th January 2020 – bright and early!
The Capital Region Farmers Market Team
A community project of the Rotary Club of Hall
Here we go! Time to go ‘round again for Christmas. The excitement is palpable. And what’s a good Christmas without an unforgettable Christmas feast! Whether you’re a stickler for seafood, prefer poultry, or love to ham it up, the Market has you covered for an array of festive themed main courses. Over the coming weeks, you can buy turkey (whole and in pieces), goose (whole), and chicken from Thirlmere Poultry Supply – orders are essential for pick up on Saturday 21st December. Pasture-raised chicken is also available from Canowindra Farm.
If you’re keen on the Aussie summer tradition of seafood at Christmas, you are spoilt for choice with many fresh seafood options at Market. Oysters come fresh from the Clyde River on the NSW South Coast from Rod Terry Oysters, opened or unopened. You’ll also find oysters at Warren’s Fresh Seafood. If prawns take your fancy, Warren’s also has Crystal Bay prawns, cooked or green, and you can choose from fresh wild-caught Australian king prawns and frozen wild-caught green prawns from Narooma Seafood Direct. Warren’s will also have lobsters and fresh fish, and Narooma will have fresh whole, filleted or smoked fish, octopus and live or cooked lobster – by order only.
If you’re a big fan of the Christmas ham, you can’t go past the traditional Christmas leg ham from Wagga Free Range Pork, clean label Australian grown leg hams and glazed ham kits including leg ham prepped and ready to glaze, glaze, glaze brush, temperature probe and instructions from Butt’s Gourmet Smokehouse (order only), and Christmas ham legs (full and half) from Formichi Smallgoods– available 7th and 21st December. If you prefer a hot roast meal on the big day, enjoy free-range pork from Boxgum Grazing, and beef and lamb from Kurrajong Country Meats and Minto Galloways and Moorlands Biodynamic Lamb (order for pick up on 14th December). Make it a great Christmas feast with a Market main.
Do you know where to buy the best real Christmas Trees in Canberra? The Market of course! Lovers of real Christmas trees know just what makes a real tree such a special addition to their home – the joy of selecting a tree, the smell of fresh pine wafting throughout the house, the satisfaction of making it look even more beautiful with your own decorations. Real Christmas trees are now at Market only for the next three weekends – Saturdays 7th, 14th and 21st December. Come in and select your own tree from Santa’s Shaped Christmas Tree Farm or Christmas Trees to You. Santa’s have been providing pruned and shaped pine Christmas trees to the Canberra region for over 16 years and are grown between Gunning and Gundaroo. Christmas Trees to You is a family operated business that has also been providing fresh-cut Christmas trees for the last 11 years, with trees grown on a property in Bungonia NSW. Ho Ho Ho-p to Market for your fresh tree while they last.
What are the best foods to go with your Christmas mains? At Market we have so many options when it comes to salads, sides, nibbles, veggies and dairy produce to finish off your festive flavours. There’s a full range of seasonal vegetables including salad greens and herbs to make the perfect Christmas lunch or dinner, available from over 20 fresh vegetable Market stallholders. Burnbar Fruit has the best avocados to add to your salads and Christmas sides (available 14th December market only). Christmas nibbles are a breeze with walnuts from Alpine Nuts, a range of flavoured nuts from World’s Best Nuts, and kabana, twiggy stix and beer stix from Wagga Free Range Pork.
From the dairy you can buy fresh milk, yoghurt and cream from Country Valley and Tilba Real Dairy, from the vineyard taste wines from Idyllic Hills Wines in Murrumbateman, and you can also find a great range of foodie gifts including olive oil from Homeleigh Grove and Tawarri Grove, relishes and sauces from Black Horse Fine Foods, Chai gift packs from Real Chai, and vinegars from Windellama Organics. Vegans are well catered for with so many delicious sides and mains from Lily’s Vegan Kitchen. Try the Christmas non-meat nut loaf, the roasted vegies tartlet or the kale & leek tartlet to name a few.
Christmas is the time of year to enjoy a little sweet indulgence. Over the coming weeks, we have all the Christmas goodies to satisfy your sweet tooth including Christmas fruit cake, fruit mince tarts, shortbread, and Christmas spiced macarons from Crème n’ Sugar Patisserie – they’ve even got gluten free options available.
Husk Bakery has created a 1.2kg Christmas cake (!) along with homemade fruit mince tarts and festive croissants. There are more fruit mince tarts available fresh from Bush Bread of Australia, Uncle Juan’s Bakehouse and Origin Bake, with the latter also offering up a tasty German Christmas Bread. Delicious Christmas themed chocolates make an appearance from Jasper and Myrtle Chocolate, and rocky road from Junee Liquorice & Chocolate Factory (14th December) is a tasty treat for Christmas stockings.
For those wanting their touch of sweetness from a more natural source, we have SO much fresh fruit to fill your Christmas fruit bowls, decorate your platters, create summery desserts and refreshing cocktails. Cherries are hot right now from Torry Hill Orchards, Drive in Orchards, Hill Lock Orchard and M&N Topspot. Raspberries are just the thing from Borenore Berry Farm, whilst the blueberries are ripe and ready from Clyde River Berry Farm. Strawberries are sweet from Charlie Camilleri, Borenore and B&S Fresh Produce, and there is new season stone fruit including peaches and nectarines from Harrisons & Sons and Willayoung Orchard – be sure to get in quick as we’re sure these fresh fruits will sell out early. Sweet!
While the fat man in red travels laps around the world on Christmas night delivering all the toys to all the boys and girls, aren’t you glad your Farmers Market food doesn’t have to travel that far to make it to you? In fact, shopping at our Market is one of the best ways to ensure a very short distance from paddock to plate. Shipping methods used by large supermarket chains use vast amounts of natural resources and contribute to pollution. This is because they often receive their produce from hundreds, if not thousands of miles away – even from overseas. The refrigeration involved to keep food fresh also has a big impact on the environment and on the freshness of what you buy. Farmers Market produce doesn’t have to go anywhere near that far from the farm to your table – in fact, most of our stallholders come from Canberra and surrounds, or within a three-hour drive from the capital. And many of our farmers transport their fresh produce direct to Market themselves. Low food miles is just another great reason to shop at Market.
The countdown is on. With only three Market days remaining in 2019 – Saturday 7th, Saturday 14th and Saturday 21st December – we look forward to seeing you all as you come in for the best in fresh seasonal produce. A reminder that our last CIT Cooking Demonstration for the year will be on Saturday 14th December, with the final Market for this year on Saturday 21st December, after which time our organisers and all our hard-working stallholders will be taking a well-earned break for the holidays. We will return next year on Saturday 11th January 2020. We’d like to take this opportunity to wish all our Market customers, farmers, producers, makers, stallholders and supporters a very Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and a safe and fresh-food filled holidays!
Did you know you can now get fresh clean water to go with your fresh clean Market food? Last month Refill Canberra installed a new portable water filling station which provides all our visitors with clean drinking water. It’s a great addition in this summer heat, and will encourage all visitors to drink tap water and help reduce single-use plastics. Stay hydrated people!