Northside Produce Market - Saturday 18 January

It’s our first market for 2020 and more than ever, our farmers are needing your support. As I listen to stories from some of our stallholders who have been impacted by the bushfires and the ongoing drought, I am inspired by their resilience, gratitude and concern for other than themselves. As Northside Produce Market enters it’s 21st year, we take our hat off to our food producers and their commitment to bringing us their best in the good times and the bad. At this market, the emotional support of lending an ear or giving a hug is invaluable. Some stalls are donating part of Saturday’s profits to various charities dealing with this crisis and we will continue our collection at The Cookbook Nook at our Info stall.

Seasonal stall Owl Farm returns and having been in ongoing drought and survived 6 weeks of devastating bush fires, David Dawes is donating 10% of his 2020 market sales to the local Braidwood RFS crews to thank them for their amazing work. David will have his chemical free shallots, garlic in bulbs and braids, Garlicious Grown's Black Garlic whom he supplies his garlic to and the last of the Budawang Mountain Pepper as the whole of the property was burnt.

Look out for the gregarious gals at the Sydney City branch of the Country Women’s Association stall who are doing their bit to help raise money for the CWA Disaster Relief Fund being used to assist people in need due to the bushfires. From preserves they’ve made to tea towels, you'll find something yummy and / or practical to support the cause or simply put some funds in the fund tin.

Figlicious are back and Gebran Azzi told me that this first crop of the Black Genoa variety have had plenty of heat which increases the flower’s nectar and therefore the fig’s sweetness and flavour. Gebran also told me that a fig is not a fruit and their true classification is a flower. A fig is an inside out flower that never opens and that is why it is full of nectar.

Produce of Orange will have the first of their stone fruit at this market– White nectarines and the Rich Lady peaches, an old variety introduced around 1940- 1950 with a rich vanilla flavour. They’ll also have the very refreshing seedless watermelon.

We welcome Kurrawong Organics to this market, a family run and owned farm at Kirkconnell, NSW who have been sustainably farming organically their land for four generations, The soil is geared for growing brassicas and Alex Bland’s great grandfather was one of the first to grow Brussel Sprouts in Australia.

We love supporting local food producers and Mel Esteban and Emma Slade have created Huske - a very moorish range of crackers from the savoury Fennel & Lemon and Rosemary & Lemon to the slightly sweeter Cranberry & Orange and Apricot & Coconut. Great on a grazing platter or simply with a cup of coffee.

The Little Coffee Co join us and we love their passion for meeting with small coffee farmers from around the world in order to source the single-origin green beans that will later form their special blends and the relationships they build with these farmers from places such as Ethiopia, Papua New Guinea, Sumatra and Brazil.

Check out Diane Jardine’s Summer edition of her Sprout magazine which features gluten free baking and our stall holder, the gluten free Wholegreen Bakery who won gold at the 2019 Sydney Royal Fine Food Show for their Lemon Meringue Tart – one word – yummo!

I look forward to seeing all of our Norhside Produce Market faces.

Lisa MacDonald, Northside Produce Market Coordinator