Some of you have been asking me if and when The Vege Box will be returning to Northside Produce Market. I am so happy to tell you that Shane and his exceptional produce will be back as of this Saturday’s market. The stall will be filled with Spring produce such as asparagus, cucumber, sugar snaps, snow peas, green beans, zucchini and of course Shane’s signature eggplant and smiling face.
Supernice Kream’s seasonal return is perfect timing as the heat turns up. Julianna is excited to introduce us to her latest flavour, Pink Rock - Salted Peanut Butterwith organic Mesquite which she describes as having a “sweet, nutty flavour”. This is created from the combination of peanuts, dates and mesquite powder (a traditional Peruvian powder derived from the seed pods of the mesquite tree, naturally sweet and slightly nutty with caramel notes) with a linger of salt at the end. A great addition to the delectable Berry, Cacao and Passionfruit flavours of this frozen, nice kream superfood, all made from plants.
The warmer weather brings Currong Comestibles shrubs back to the market. It’s a great time of year to have either the Riberry or Rainforest Lime shrub otherwise known as vinegar cordial in a chilled drink. Denyse now has a jam and marmalade which incorporates these Australian indigenous fruits. The native Rainforest Lime has been paired with Nagami and Marumi kumquats which have sweet peels and sour flesh, to give a sweetness that balances the Rainforest Lime’s tangy flavour for a “well-rounded” taste and golden marmalade. Using the fruit of the native Lilly Pilly, the Riberry Berry jam “has a tart cranberry like taste with a hint of spice and cloves”.
Mix Masala’s range of Indian curry sauces and chutneys have been so well received by our patrons that Azeema has responded to their requests for eat-in and take out, authentic Indian breakfast and brunch dishes at the market. One such breakfast dish, Khageena - spiced scrambled eggs is accompanied with the most delicious handmade parotta bread. For those who eat gluten free, Azeema will have her Aloo Paneer Kulcha – a gluten-free, naan bread parcel stuffed with spiced potato and paneer, served with a coriander and mint chutney.
The Gourmet Potato – Kadwell were blown away a few days ago when they were crowned ‘Overall Producer of the Year’ in this 15thyear of the Delicious Magazine -Harvey Norman Produce Awards. Grower, Garry Kadwell will be joining Wentworth at the stall early in the morning on Saturday so be sure to make the most of Garry’s time away from the farm in Crookwell which doesn’t happen very often. Ask him anything you would like to know about his regenerative farming practices, how many tonnes of potatoes the cockatoos ate per day due to the bushfires and what else he and the team do to be given the crown for their spuds.
I had the pleasure of visiting Orange over the long weekend and it was so great to catch up with our stallholders from that area –Zanzie and Fred of Trunkey Creek Bacon, Yuri and son Alex of Produce from Orange and Chris and Rosie of Mayfarm Flowers. Resoundingly they all made reference to their dams being full for the first time in a long time, how tough it had been during the drought and the financial strain it caused. Visiting the farms reminded me how we are at the mercy of Mother Nature and how living in the city, we can become disconnected to the reality of how our food comes to us and the hard work required to do that. I feel we are so fortunate to have Northside Produce Market and it’s stallholders who are passionate about growing and making such great food. In connecting directly with these producers at the market we hopefully learn not take all of the effort and our environment for granted and have a greater appreciation and understanding of what is involved to eat well.
See you on Saturday come rain or shine and shopping in a Covid-19 safe way.
Lisa MacDonald, Northside Produce Market Coordinator.