With only 4 more markets until the end of the year we begin to see the influence of the festive season upon Northside Produce Market. Recent hail and rain has caused havoc for some growers and this last month of Spring heralds the arrival of fresh garlic, the sweetest of melons - the Candy Orange and all the rest of the season’s bounty.
We are thrilled that Bar Pho is joining us as of this Saturday. Having been raised on her Mother’s exceptional Vietnamese cooking, Tine Do as an adult often found it hard to find a tasty MSG-free pho which led to her opening Bar Pho. Tina has made this heavenly dish so easy for us to serve up at home with her ‘Fresh! Paks‘. As Tina says “it’s all in the 18 hour cooking of the broth”. You can have it 'eat in’ at the market along with a variety of Rice paper rolls and Vietnamese salads.
We welcome the seasonal return of Gilles’ Australian Garlic. Gilles says his freshly harvested, juicy garlic is the biggest he’s seen for a few years thanks to drought’s end. A mild Winter in Jembaicumbene near Braidwood, saw the garlic flower early so no scapes this season. Don’t forget to place your orders for their garlic plaits as they get more popular each year.
Crooked Creek’s Brandied Fruit Cake and Buderim Ginger & Pineapple Pudding with Brandy are so delicious that Zoe Wall is baking them all year round. All her Christmas cakes, puddings and moreish range of savoury and sweet biscuits are at the Market too. She is delighted that her stall is located near Pepe Saya as all her biscuits are baked with Pepe Saya butter.
Lady Marmalade spices up her stall with partner and chef - Martin Teplitzky’s delicious take on the Italian, Tuscan treat traditionally served at Christmas - Panforte. Nuts, dried fruits, spices, honey, citrus and other goodies are baked in to this ‘hard bread’ as it translates and is a festive season pantry must and makes for a great gift.
Count down to Christmas with Mona Webb’s Neo Tea Advent Calendar. Treat yourself or that someone special to a different tea each day in December. Served hot or chilled, tea is perfect for a break from the ‘Silly Season’.
Welcome back OzHarvest to our 1st Saturday of the month markets. The wonderful volunteers are collecting donations to help provide food relief for those in need and we thank you for supporting this great initiative. They have copies of Ronni Kahn’s memoir ‘A Repurposed Life' (OzHarvest founder) which is a great read and a great present.
Recently, I visited the Zavaglia Gourmet Produce farm at Glenorie, just after a hail storm which destroyed all of the crops including their gorgeous raspberries. My heart goes out to John and Carmel, having lost everything after all their hard work. They are very stoic and we hope to see John at our December 19 Market.
Our free ‘Check In & Tune Up’ are very successful. We thank North Sydney Council for supporting this great, free bicycle service. At this market, Pedal Set Go’s bike mechanic Li is on site and ready to assist.
The word is out about our fabulous, free ‘Behind the Scenes’ market tours with Tawnya Bahr as this round of tours are fully booked. Head to our North Sydney Community Centre website www.northsydneycentre.com.au quickly for our December 5th tours as they have just gone online.
I look forward to seeing everybody at our November 7th market and shopping for such great, fresh produce and artisan food goods in a Covid-19 safe manner.
Lisa MacDonald, Northside Produce Market Coordinator