Northside Produce Market - Saturday 16 February

With soaring temperatures again this week, I called stallholder Kristine Jarrad of Australian Honey Cellars based out in Harden to see how they, their bees and hives are doing. Kris said that Lachlan her husband and the beekeeper in their business had taken the hives 5 hours drive away, this being the longest distance they have ever had to travel in search of food for the bees. Always humble, Kris said “at least we can move the hives whereas the poor farmers cannot move their stock or produce”.

Achacha sadly were not able to attend our last market due to their plantation being flooded like most of the surrounding areas in the Burdekin Shire in far north Queensland. The good news is that the water has receded and enough of this refreshing tropical fruit was able to be picked for the Koch family to hold a stall at this market.

The forecast for Saturday is perfect for new stall holder Just Pressed. Smoothie alchemist David Andrawes combines his unique self-developed recipes with the freshest of wholefood ingredients to create “the worlds tastiest and healthiest smoothies”. With a care for the planet that is as strong as his passion for health and to ensure nothing is unnecessarily wasted, David makes energy balls out of the almond mylk pulp. The cups he uses are made from corn starch, so you can take them home and put them in your compost.

The pooches at the market are taken care of too by Hello Puppy. We welcome Meegan and her natural and organic pet ice-cream which comes in a variety of flavours including Mango, Strawberry and Carob made from natural and organic ingredients using 100% lactose free milk powder. Of course your dog will be able to sample before buying!

Morganics return for their final stall for this garlic season and hopefully they will also have some of their beautiful lavender that they also grow on their farm on the high north-facing slopes of Orange’s Mount Canobolas.

I checked with Sharon and Theresa Grima to see if they will have their Spaghetti Squash at this market and we are in luck. So if you didn’t get to see the latest addition to the Grimas Farm Fresh Produce stall, make sure you ask them about the name and how to cook it. Stephen was very proud of their very first crop having been asked by the restaurants they supply to grow it.

The NSW Senior Festival kicks off tomorrow and we are participating with our free Seniors Only – Behind the Scenes tour of the market led by Tawnya Bahr. Last night Tawnya received the Culinary Advocate of the Year award during the Gault & Milau Australia 2019 Restaurant Guide Launch & Awards. We are grateful to have Tawnya lead our Market tours and congratulate her on receiving this deserved recognition. There are only a few places left on this tour so book online or call the office asap on 9922 2299.

I look forward to seeing everybody at this Saturday’s market.

Lisa MacDonald, Northside Produce Market Coordinator