Come rain or shine, Northside Produce Market is always on, bringing our growers to you. This week they have been farming in a gamut of weather conditions, from strong winds, flooding and back to sunshine. We always appreciate and support their efforts as we know you do by showing up in all market conditions.
We are pleased to once again be holding our free Behind the Scenes market tours on Saturday. Tawnya Bahr has wonderfully adapted the tours for this Covid-19 time. Bookings are essential and with only a few spots left, head to the Market Events page on our website.
The free bicycle Check In & Tune Up service is also back. With less traffic on the road, it’s never been safer to ride to the market. We thank North Sydney Council for supporting these 2 great community intiatives.
With us spending more time in our bushland, it's timely that Bushcare will be at this market. Pick up free info on bush walks, Native Havens and Wildlife Watch programmes. For your own garden, identify and learn to control weeds and take home native seedlings ready for planting.
Get growing your own Oyster mushrooms though you better be quick to pick up a kit from Margins Mushrooms as this is the last of them for some time. Fun and easy to grow, follow the simple instructions and the Margins will even throw in a bag of ones they grew for you to cook.
We welcome Bitter and Dark with their range of delectable Belgian Callebaut Dark Chocolate and Coconut Cream Truffles and Dragees. Dragees? Ask Ali and Gizem at their stall, to introduce you to their caramelised Almonds, Hazelnuts, Peanuts and bite sized Dried Figs and Apricots coated with 3 layers of Belgian dark chocolate and unsweetened dark cocoa powder.
The Liverpool Plains are tasting a lot closer with Princess Pantry treating us with her country scones. Cathy uses organic flour from the nearby Wholegrain Milling Co and they’ll be served with jam made from fruit grown on her own and local properties. Even the cream comes from cows grazing on the plains.
Australian Honey Cellars recent addition, the distinctive Messmate honey is rich, thick and aromatic. Lach and Kris spent Monday extracting the rest of it out of the beehives which Loch had amongst the Messmate Eucycalyptus trees in the Macedon Ranges earlier in the year.
Sprout Magazine returns with the Winter edition filled with features on growing your own food, a seasonal food table and delicious recipes to cook up a feast with your fresh produce.
I look forward to seeing everybody shopping Covid-19 safely in the lovely outdoor setting of Ted Mack Civic Park this Saturday morning.
Lisa MacDonald, Northside Produce Market Coordinator.