Northside Produce Market - Saturday February 6

Holidays are over and all of our Northside Produce Market stallholders are back on deck! Seasonal Summer fruit is the shining star of this market from sugar plums, white figs to native Australian Finger limes. 

Avocados from Bobs Farm return to the market with Don Kafer’s proudly grown Infinite Gold rockmelons and Tiger Red watermelons . A third generation farmer, Don has been growing since he was a little fella on his Dad’s farm. Just a few doors up from where he lives now in Bobs Farm. 

All 5000 Sugar plum trees at Prickle Hill Produce in Coleambally have been grown, grafted and planted by Roy Duffell. Stallholder and Roy’s son James, is the 4th generation to grow these self-pollinating Italian plums. Some will be dried as prunes which may end up in Roy’s Sydney Royal award-winning Worcester sauce.

Figlicious’ Baida figs, also known as White figs for their light coloured skin, have come early this year. Gebran does not have as many of the ficus trees producing this variety with it’s sweet, soft flesh and tiny edible seeds that pop and crunch. So don’t be late! 

I love opening one of Darling Mills Farms’s native Finger limes at the market, watching the caviar-like pulp bubble up over it’ skin. The colour can vary between yellow, green, pale pink and crimson and the taste and texture of this citrus fruit is so refreshing. 

We congratulate stallholder Luca Ciano on his first television series ‘Luca’s Key Ingredients’.  Tune in to Channel 10 of a Sunday morning at 9am when Luca will be cooking up fab Italian food with his passion that we admire.

In Sprout Magazine Australia’s Summer edition, you'll find great recipes and tips from Arno and Mireille van Elst's 'Road Trip Cooking' book that will make outdoor cooking even more enjoyable. You'll also have the chance to win a copy.

Check In & Tune Up is back for your bicycle to receive a free check-up. Thanks to the support of North Sydney Council, Pedal Set Go’s bike mechanic Li will service your bike and show you how.

In conjunction with the market on Saturday, North Sydney Community Centre is holding it’s Open Day from 11am. It's a smorgasbord of tasters of the great classes and courses on offer. Barbara Sweeney will be baking batches of scones for you to sample her 'Scones and Afternoon Tea' cooking class. Served with your choice of stallholders Pepe Saya Butter, The Pantry Providore's Organic Raspberry jam, Country Valley cream and Lady Mamalade's Lemon Curd. Bookings essential and they’re filling fast.

I look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday, come rain or shine.

Lisa MacDonald, Northside Produce Market Coordinator