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What’s in season: Fruit bowl fillers – apricots, cherries, strawberries and tomatoes.

The arrival of this lovely warmer weather has brought with it a great range of delicious fruits just perfect for a healthy snack, or for your lunch boxes, fruit salads and to fill up your fruit bowls. We’re so lucky to be seeing the return of Drive In Orchards who will be back this coming weekend, 9th November. Hailing from Young in NSW, our Drive In friends are back with absolutely delicious cherries, along with tasty and juicy apricots and mulberries.

On the topic of berries, we have plenty of strawberries in season. These bright red and juicy beauties are an excellent source of Vitamin C and manganese, with a good dose of folate and potassium to boot. You can eat your strawberries just as they are, or turn into scrumptious desserts, smoothies or cocktails. Strawberries are in abundance right now from Loriendale, C & D Camilleri and Hill Lock Orchard. And although not quite your sweet variety of fruit, we also have plenty of fresh tomatoes at Market from Auddino’s Produce, Greenhill Farm, Wollondilly Produce, Dilliro Vegetables and B&S Fresh Produce.

Asparagus Arrives

What’s in season: Asparagus arrives

We love spring for all the fresh vegetables the season brings, and we are so pleased to see the asparagus starting to arrive at Market. This spring veggie, a flowering perennial species of the genus Asparagus, offers its young shoots which are delicious for eating.  Water makes up 93% of asparagus’ composition – and this green beauty is low in calories and very low in sodium, whilst also being packed with Vitamin B, Calcium, Magnesium and Zinc, and a very good source of dietary fibre.

Asparagus is delicious roasted at this time of year, and you can also add flavours like cheese and garlic when roasting. Add asparagus to your carbonara pasta for a delicious twist, or wrap the spears in bacon. It is also a lovely accompaniment to chicken and fish dishes. You can get your fresh asparagus from Market from Donald Smith Horticulture, Melissa Pure Fresh Honey and from Shane Armanini from Armanini Produce, located in Yoogali not far from Griffith, NSW.

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!

What’s in season: Winter veggies good for the soul

Winter is here, but don’t let the cold weather keep you from enjoying fresh produce. Fresh vegetables and fruits seem to be under-represented on restaurant menus and cooking them at home is a great way to eat enough of the good stuff (and knowing you’re helping a local grower never tasted better). Eating fruits and vegetables during the summer is easy, since so much produce is at its peak. During winter, it’s a little trickier, but we are the best place to buy all your winter veggies, fresh to Market each week.
Brussels sprouts (available from Kurrawong Organics) are high in nutrients, rich in antioxidants, high in fibre and are one of the most dividing vegetables. Being rich in vitamin C, B6, A and vitamin K means they are the perfect winter vegetable.

Eating more of these low-calorie, nutritionally-dense vegetables could add great benefits to your diet. Brussels sprouts when roasted, caramelises their edges leaving them soft and tender inside. Bake with some ham, lemon juice and garlic for some tasty winter sides.
Some of the more robust vegetables such as potatoes and cauliflower are well known and loved veggies at winter time. Roasts are a staple in most households and perfecting the roast veggies is a lifelong mission. With World Bee Day last month, you may have re-stocked your cupboard with some beautiful honey from our stallholders. Honey is a great way to enhance the natural sugars in caramelised roasted vegetables – with over 17 million searches for ‘honey roasted veggies’ you can’t go wrong.

Chard (available from Kurrawong Organics, Greenhill Farm, and Rita’s Farm Produce) is a nutrient-rich and deeply flavoured versatile cold-weather ingredient. Usually found in three variations – green, which have white stems and a fairly mild flavour, red, which closely resembles beetroot greens in look and taste, and rainbow, which is a mix of both. The secret with cooking this vegetable – as with most winter veggies – is to cook them low and slow.

With some inspiration, you can easily work more winter produce like Brussels sprouts, potatoes, chard, cabbage into your diet with delicious fresh produce from some of our stallholders including
Kurrawong Organics, Greenhill Farm, Rita’s Farm Produce, Deua River Farm Produce, Dilliro Vegetables, Auddino’s Produce, Ingelara, Lindfield Park Produce, Warrick Morris – Fruit & Veg, Windellama Organics And more!

What’s in season? Far out, Brussels sprouts!

Rita's Farm Produce's Brussels Sprouts at the Capital Region Farmers Market


Brussels sprouts have been given a bad rap over the years, which, quite frankly, we find difficult to understand. The Brussels sprout is the most adorable little cabbage looking vegetable there is.

These little balls of green are packed with health benefits to keep your stomach happy, including vitamins A and C, folic acid and dietary fibre; the benefits of these being they’ll protect against colon and stomach cancer.

Right now, it is peak Brussels sprout season, meaning there’s an abundance of sprouts at the Market. You can get your Brussels sprout fix from Rita’s Farm Produce who sells them straight off the stalk – they don’t come any fresher than this.

So, pop by, grab some of these deliciously healthy greens and cook them up into something healthy. A roast dinner accompaniment or a balsamic glazed side, perhaps? Happy Brussels sprout eating Market-goers.

Image: Rita’s Farm Produce

What’s in season? Munch your way through the alphabet

Torcaso Produce at the Capital Region Farmers Market


Summer veggies are in season and ready to be eaten! With produce from A-Z (aubergines, beetroot, salad greens, and zucchini, just to name a few), there are lots of opportunities for fresh and healthy eating this summer. And the place to get it all? Torcaso Produce.

Torcaso Produce is a husband and wife team who have been bringing their scrumptious veg from Myrtleford in NSW to the Market for 10 years. The couple started small, with a little veggie patch in their garden, but sprouted into something much bigger when the industry they were both working in closed. Not wanting to lose their farm, the pair started to grow their home-grown veggies on a much larger scale – and Torcaso Produce was born!

Torcaso’s summer produce is something to get excited about, and will leave you wanting to go back for more.

Asparagus come at us


Asparagus is here, it’s in abundance, and it’s very good.

Did you know this stuff is quite hard to harvest? The growers need to be patient as they only get a good crop on their third year.

And did you also know that the bigger the spear, the more flavoursome it is?

This spring vegetable is a flowering perennial plant species once classified as the lily family along with onion and garlic, but is now in the Asparagaceae family.

Only the young asparagus shoots are commonly eaten, and once the buds open, the shoots turn woody quite quickly.

Asparagus is high in water, low in calories and sodium and is a good source of Vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium and zinc, and a great source of dietary fibre and protein.

Asparagus is in abundance right now, and available each Saturday from Donald Smith and Melissa Pure Fresh Honey while stocks last. Come in and get some.

What’s in season? Figs, melons, stone fruit…corn and chestnuts are coming!

Fresh cut watermelon from local and regional producers at the Capital Region Farmers MarketYou can never be bored in the fruit and veg department, as there’s always such a mix on offer at the Market. This month it’s figs, melons, stone fruit and yes… corn and chestnuts are coming.

Figs are a lovely addition to your fruit bowl, desserts or to mix with savoury morsels on a platter, and right now they’re available from our friends at Lindfield Park Produce . Stone fruit, in particular plums, are now available from Young District Stone Fruit, and we have lovely fresh melons from Melissa Pure Fresh Honey and Auddino’s Produce.

Stay tuned because juicy sweet corn and chestnuts are on their way to Market.