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Meet the stallholder: Valerie from Patisserie Valerie

This month –  meet Valerie from Patisserie Valerie. Valerie makes handmade chocolates using Belgian couverture chocolate. Popular chocolate varieties she makes include the salted butter caramel, with her own favourite being an almond praline. Valerie sells ganache filled chocolates, pralines, truffles, chocolate coated honeycomb, chocolate coated orange and nuts, caramel coated apples and rocky road. Her chocolates are sold individually or in boxes at the Market every Saturday. Yummo!

Mush fuss over Shoalhaven Mushrooms

Shoalhaven Mushroom at the Capital Region Farmers Market

We’re getting all mushy mushy over one of our fabulous stallholders, Shoalhaven Mushrooms, which has recently added another accolade to their name. This much-loved producer of mushrooms in many varieties – small, medium and large cups, flats and Swiss Browns – hails from Termeil in NSW, just north of Batemans Bay, and was established ten years ago by Gary Akers. We are pleased to announce that Shoalhaven Mushrooms is a finalist in the fresh food category of the Illawarra and South Coast Local Business Awards.  They’ve promised they won’t keep us in the dark if they take out this prestigious award which will be announced at a special Gala Presentation Evening later this month. In the mean time you can come to the Market and buy their delicious, fresh mushrooms available each week. Good luck Shoalhaven Mushrooms!

Sing Australia Canberra to serenade the Market again

Sing Australia at the Capital Region Farmers Market

Back by popular demand, the Sing Australia Canberra Blokes Group will be serenading Market-goers at a special performance on Saturday 14th July. Sing Australia is a national network of singing groups established in Canberra in 1985 with the aim of encouraging more Australians to sing. The Canberra Blokes Group is the only sole male group in the network and these guys will be singing their hearts to make your Saturday morning at the Market even more enjoyable.

What’s in season? ‘av an avo, grapple a custard apple

Burnbar Fruit at the Capital Region Farmers Market

Everyone’s favourite on-trend fruit, the avocado, is in season right now. Whether you enjoy yours smashed on toast, blended to a tasty guacamole, sliced in a salad or as an awesome sidekick to your seafood, the avocado is high in monounsaturated fats and rich in several B vitamins and vitamin K, vitamins C, E and potassium. And have you ever tried the custard apple? Also known as the sugar apple or sweetsop, the custard apple fruit is a native of the tropical Americas and West Indies. The flesh is fragrant and sweet, creamy white through to light yellow and resembles and tastes somewhat like custard. High in energy and an excellent source of Vitamin C, manganese, thiamine and B vitamins, you do need to be careful not to eat the custard apple seeds as they are toxic. Custard apples are fantastic used in desserts, sorbets, tarts and pies. Both avocados and custard apples are in season right now and available from at the Market from Burnbar Fruit. Hailing from Alstonville not far from Byron Bay on the north coast of NSW, Burnbar Fruit is a family owned orchard which believes in sustainability and environmentally friendly practices within their industry. You can find Burnbar, their avocados and custard apples at the Market fortnightly.

NEW: Lovin your guts at The Gut Shoppe

The Gut Shoppe at the Capital Region Farmers Market in Canberra

Do you love your gut? You really should. More and more recent research is proving a link between a healthy gut and a healthy body. Maureen Regan of Canberra knows the benefits of looking after the gut and wants to bring awareness of the link between good food and good health to as many people as she can. Her new business The Gut Shoppe Pty Ltd has arrived at the Market with a range of hand crafted fermented foods designed to care for the health of your gut. Foods Maureen produces include kombucha, kefir, sauerkraut, pickles and bone and (vegetarian) collagen broths.  Come and meet Maureen, find out the benefits of these amazing foods and try them out for yourself. You’ll feel gutt-erly fantastic in no time!

Straws Suck! Market moves to reduce single-use plastics

Reusable bags at the Capital Region Farmers Market in Canberra

Yes, they do. Straws really suck. Have you ever thought about the environmental impact each time you use a straw? It’s not pretty. And the Market is taking steps to reduce the use of straws along with other single-use plastic bags. Thankfully, there are only two stallholders currently using straws at the Market, and they’re on board with the ACTSmart campaign Straws suck which aims to help rid Canberra cafes and bars of plastic straws. Auddino’s Produce will move away from plastic straws by offering recyclable paper straws and encouraging customers to sip before they suck their slushies.  Julie’s Juices have been drastically reducing the use of straws by asking each customer if they really need one as a way to get customers to think about the issue. Both businesses, together with the Market itself, have pledged to reduce plastic straws via the Straws Suck campaign.  And the Market will now require all new Market applicants to use paper straws only, along with only bio-degradable cutlery and plates.  When it comes to single-use plastic bags, the Market is encouraging customers to use alternatives such as the re-useable mesh produce bags which are available at five for $15 at the Rotary Club of Jerrabomberra marquee located by the office at the Market. Customers can also buy reusable Capital Region Farmers Market bags for $2 each at the Rotary Help Desk, AND if your bags break beyond repair, the Market will replace them for FREE. Win Win. Stay tuned as we will soon be conducting a survey to get a feel for how our customers use plastics.

Meet the stallholder: Rosie from Dom’s Woodfired Gourmet Bread

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 Rosie from Dom’s Woodfired Gourmet Bread. Rosie and Dom’s Woodfired Bread make lots of different varieties of freshly baked bread, including traditional Italian bread, crusty Italian bread, Pane di Casa, bread rolls, pizza bases, rye bread, spelt bread, and much much more.

Rosie and her team are located in Queanbeyan and have been attending the Capital Region Farmers Market for ten years! Be sure to pick up some of their famous spelt bread and delicious rye, which are two of their best sellers, next time you visit the Market.

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

NEW: Superbao’s super bao save the day

Superbao at the Capital Region Farmers Market

Our new stallholder, Superbao, are the Market’s newest heroes. Their super fresh, super delicious, super authentic bao are the perfect treat for your Saturday morning shop.

Angel and Paul are Superbao’s creators. The pair both grew up in China with full hearts and a passion for delicious food. Their vision? That every bite of their bao can be a super moment.

‘We have faith in our food. Good food not only fill the stomach but also light up the day. That’s why we are persistent in hand making all steam buns to ensure the soft and fluffy texture,’ says Angel. ‘Our fillings are inspired by authentic local recipes from different countries and regions.’

So what flavours of bao do Superbao sell?

Pork Belly Bao, which is the most traditional and signature Bao EVER! Superbao’s pork belly is cooked in traditional Taiwan style and served with crushed peanuts, pickled cabbage and coriander leaves. The pork belly has been slow cooked for hours and is so soft that it melts in the mouth. The light sour flavour of traditionally pickled cabbage plays up the perfect balance in taste.

Shanghai Duck Bao. Their duck recipe comes from memories of mum’s home cooking. Stewed in soy sauce and Chinese spices, the duck absorbs all the flavours and retains the juicy moisture. When eating, squeezing a slice of orange on the duck will amplify the rich and decadent taste.

Crispy Fried Chicken Bao. Chicken thigh marinated overnight, coated with their secret flour recipe and deep fried. The outside is so crispy yet the chicken inside is juicy, tender, full of flavours. Drizzled with their saffron mayo sauce, this bao is gorgeous looking as well as tasting.

Panko Tofu Bao. Crumbed with panko flour, white and black sesame seeds, the fried tofu bao are popular choices for vegetarians.

The team aims to use as many local ingredients as possible, including pork belly from Boxgum and mushrooms from Gooda Creek.

Superbao will be at the Capital Region Farmers Market every Saturday. Get in early as they’ve been selling out quickly!

Jasper + Myrtle are choco-block full of awards

Jasper + Myrtle at the Capital Region Farmers Market

It’s no secret that Jasper + Myrtle create some of the most sought-after chocolates in Canberra and beyond. That’s why it’ll come as no surprise that in May, the talented chocolatiers won 5 more international medals at the 2018 Academy of Chocolate Awards in London.

Jasper + Myrtle’s string of awards includes one silver award for their 72% Bougainville Classic Dark Drinking Chocolate, Bronzes for both their Rum Toddy, and Cinnamon + Spice Drinking Chocolate and a bronze for their Coconut and Ginger Dark Chocolate Bar. They also won a Bronze for their packaging.

The Academy of Chocolate is a worldwide competition for chocolate and has been running since 2005 in London.  This year, the Academy had 1,200 entries from more than 45 countries, making Jasper + Myrtle’s multiple wins a big feat.

Congratulations Jasper + Myrtle!

What’s in season? Tasty truffles of course!

Terra Preta Truffles at the Capital Region Farmers Market

The capital is the place to be when it comes to truffle season, thanks to its terrific growing conditions. Otherwise known as tuber melanosporum (we won’t blame you if you have a bit of trouble with that one), truffles are ‘hunted’ for, and are found under the surface of the ground by trained dogs.

Truffles have a unique earthy, garlicky taste, and a deep aroma. They’re the perfect addition to risottos, pastas, even gelato… and you certainly can’t go past the appeal of truffle butter.

The place to get them? Family-run truffle farm, Terra Preta Truffles are the place to go to get the goods. Located just outside of Braidwood, Terra Preta supplies their high-grade French Black truffles to restaurants all around the world. Terra Preta will be at the Market every Saturday in winter offering these delectable delights.

Take the road to supporting local

Take the road to supporting local

Each and every Saturday, thousands of Canberrans visit the Capital Region Farmers Market to buy the best and freshest produce in the region. We want to ensure that the introduction of the road works around EPIC and the Market don’t deter our Market customers from supporting local. Farmers, bakers, fishermen, beekeepers, cattle growers, food creators and many more come to the Market each week to share their produce with Canberra, and they truly appreciate Market-goers continued patronage and support during this time. Not only does the Market support local food growers, but funds raised from the Market go straight back into the community with our Produce for Purpose initiative.

We appreciate your continued support over the coming months.

Find out more about information on road closures, and what the best route for getting to the Market is for you.

Capital Region Farmers Market Road Closures

Road Closures at the Capital Region Farmers Market

Over the coming months, an upgrade of the busy intersection of the Federal Highway and Old Well Station Road is underway to install traffic lights for improved safety.

The process began Monday 7 May and will directly affect Saturday morning commutes to the Capital Region Farmers Market, as Old Wells Station Road will not be accessible from the Federal Highway.

Access to the Market via Flemington Road and Morriset Road has not changed, and both of these routes are still in use.

To access the Capital Region Farmers Market via Stirling Avenue, patrons are advised to take either of the following routes, depending on which direction they are traveling from:

  • If traveling southbound along the Federal Highway (i.e. from Goulburn, Majura, or Watson), turn right at Stirling Ave (at the service station/ McDonald’s). Once inside Gate 4, follow the signs to gate 8 turn left to find available parking
  • If traveling northbound along Northbourne Ave (i.e. from the City, Tuggeranong or Woden), turn left at Stirling Ave (at the service station/ McDonald’s). Once inside Gate 4, follow the signs to gate 8 to find available parking


These routes will be the most efficient way to access the Market until the end of August 2018 (date TBC) when the roadworks will be finalised.

Traveling by bus? Click here to find how to get to the Market with Transport Canberra.

Stay tuned for developments of road closures by following us on Facebook and regularly checking the Capital Region Farmers Market website.

If you have any questions or queries regarding these changes, please contact the Market Manager on or 0400 852 227.

Find out more about Road Closures from EPIC.

Meet the stallholder: Mitch and Carmen from Honey Delight and Canberra Urban Honey

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 Mitch and Carmen from Honey Delight and Canberra Urban Honey. Honey Delight is a boutique brand that celebrates four generations of beekeepers, which is based in Inveral, New South Wales. Mitch and Carmen have over 40 hives in Canberra, and 3000 hives in the region.  Mitch says Canberra Urban Honey does things a little bit differently – there’s a strong focus on sustainability with hives in backyards around Canberra to increase bees and pollination within the city.

Make sure to pop by and say hi to these two extraordinarily passionate beekeepers, and pick up some of their popular stringybark or yellow box flavours of honey next time you visit the Market.

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

NEW: Holy moly! Love Street Bagels arrive at CRFM

Love Street Bagels at the Capital Region Farmers Market

We have some fabulous news for bagel lovers to fill the bagel-shaped hole in their heart: Canberra-based Love Street Bagels (affectionately known as LSB) will soon be calling the Capital Region Farmers Market home.

Aaron Fain, head chef of LSB, and Katie Fain are the owners, operators and heart of LSB. Their focus is on providing Canberra with authentic New York bagels – dense and chewy on the inside, golden and crunchy on the outside. Their bagels are made fresh daily with a recipe that has been developed and honed over several years.

Aaron and Katie will be serving up several traditional bagel flavours, including plain, everything and blueberry, along with schmears to bring it all together. But the deliciousness doesn’t stop there – they’ll have gourmet twists on the classics, such as avo and poached eggs on plain bagels and Nutella and strawberries on blueberry.

Ingredients are locally sourced where possible, and even include eggs, produce and bacon from Pialligo Estate, Ainslie Urban Farms and Hilltop’s Free Range eggs.

Love Street Bagels will be attending the Market this Saturday 5 May.

Mushrooms and Olive Oil are winners

Homeleigh Grove at the Capital Region Farmer's Market

Homeleigh Grove and Shoalhaven Mushrooms are showing Australia and the world how it’s done, with both stallholders winning awards over the past month.

Homeleigh Grove was awarded a Silver medal in the London International Olive Oil Competition for their 2017 Early Harvest Extra Virgin Olive Oil, showing that local produce can compete on the world stage. This award comes after winning Silver in the Olive Awards of France this time last year. Congratulations Homeleigh Grove!

Shoalhaven Mushrooms were also recently named as a finalist in the 2018 Australian Small Business Champion Awards – Australia’s most prestigious Small Business Awards Program – in the Fresh Food category.

Congratulations Homeleigh Grove and Shoalhaven Mushrooms! We’re very lucky to have world-class stallholders with us every Saturday morning at the Capital Region Farmers Market.