Northside Produce Market - Saturday 15 February

Australian Honey Cellars are buzzing with gratitude. Having lost half of their bee hives in the bushfires at Nellingen on the South Coast, Lachlan then tried to rescue the rest of their hives located in Tumbarumba once the Dunns Rd bushfire started in late December.  He arrived to be turned back and it is only over a week ago that he was allowed into the area. Having made his way through the devastation, he found some of the hives burnt but miraculously the fire worked it’s way around the majority of them. Having thought that he and Kris had list their livelihood, we have one relieved beekeeper at Northside Produce market. 

We’re dancing at the Achacha stall this Saturday as the effervescent, tropical fruit originally from the Amazon Basin in Bolivia has finally arrived. They ripened very late this season on the Palm Creek Plantation in the Burdekin Shire of North Queensland. Helen Hill wonders if it was due to the high temperatures accompanied by low humidity they experienced. We feel for the pickers of the first crop as they had to beat the floods and the word is, they are tasting better than ever. Do keep the skins as they make for a refreshing drink – ask for a recipe.

We can’t wait to taste the Fiano that John the Pom will have on offer at the Petersons Wine stall from their winery in Mudgee. 'Light, fresh, dry, clean and soft. The upfront fruit flavours are of grapefruit, guava and tangerine. The mid palate is spiced with flavours of fresh basil and thyme. The back palate is rich, soft, dry and persistent.' If you are after a good red, then tell John that you would like to try their 2016 Petersons Mudgee Poms Selection Cabernet Sauvignon.

At our last market we discovered Figlicious’s Baida figs. Less well known than their Black Genoa figs, they have a honeydew melon flavour and are yellow in colour even though Baida in Arabic means white. Make this your first pit stop if you re keen to try them as Gebran says he won’t have many until their next flush. Fig trees will also be available.

We were thrilled when Julianna Fallet asked to launch her Supernice Kream at our market last year in November and we are even more thrilled that it had been such a success that you can now get the Berry, Cacao and Passionfruit frozen superfood in bigger tubs. Due to increasing demand, Julianna is now making her 'nice creams' available in 500ml tubs in addition to the cute 120ml minis that we love eating from at the market.

Our first ever Seniors Only - Behind the Scenes tour of the market held last year was so enjoyed that we are doing it again this Saturday as part of the NSW Seniors Festival. It booked out quickly but you can always wait list yourself as you just never know if a vacancy will arise or otherwise book yourself into one of the upcoming tours listed on our website

I look forward to seeing you at the market.

Lisa MacDonald, Northside Produce Market Coordinator