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Rita's Farm Produce

What’s in season – spring celery and tomatoes

With spring comes an abundance of fresh seasonal fruit and veg. Celery has been springing up and is ready to go from Rita’s Farm Produce. What you might not know is that celery is a marshland plant, with shallow roots and a high demand for water and nutrients. With a long fibrous stalk tapering into leaves, celery is wonderful for flavouring stocks, in salads, and in recent times has been hailed for its health benefits when juiced. Celery is loaded with essential minerals and vitamins such as folate, potassium, Vitamins B6, K and C. The luteolin in celery protects skin from the inside and prevents UV-induced damage. What a fab vegetable! Rita’s Farm is a family owned farm operating in Wallacia, NSW, with Head Farmer, Rita, previously a nurse in rural China using herbs and vegetables to ensure family, friends and patients lived and ate healthy.

This month tomatoes are also in abundance at Market, with a range of tomato varieties available from Rita’s Farm, along with Dilliro Vegetables, B&S Fresh Produce and Wollondilly Produce. Tomatoes have endless uses, and there are some different ways to use lovely fresh tomatoes such as in homemade bruschetta or tomato soup or stuffed, pickled or roasted. Yum!

Celery & parsnip soup

Celery & parsnip soup


  • 60ml olive oil
  • ½ bunch celery chopped
  • 2 parsnips (about 450g) peeled & chopped
  • 1 bulb fennel
  • 1 small brown onion
  • 1 clove of garlic thinly sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1.5lt stock
  • Cream (optional)


Sweat celery, fennel, parsnip, onion, garlic and bay leaves
until soft and just starting to colour. Add stock and
simmer gently until vegetables are soft (about 30min).
Blitz with a hand blender. For a smoother soup you can
pass through a sieve. Return to a clean pan and season.
You could add cream at this point if you wish.

Serve hot with crusty bread and butter.


Prepared by
Ivonne Nathan
Culinary Skills Teacher
Trade Skills and Vocational Learning
Canberra Institute of Technology

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