Northside Produce Market - Saturday April 2

A big thank you to everyone who donated to the Flood Relief at our last market.  The CWA volunteers were blown away by your fundraising efforts and the support given to our market’s food producers in the showery weather. Our thoughts are with those who recently experienced the floods and are now facing renewed flooding.

The Duffles have been spot picking this season’s Jujubes on their Prickle Hill farm in Coleambally, in the Riverina. It’s slow picking, being careful of the thorns and only picking what is ripe. James tells us “early rain caused a lot of splitting and with cooler weather, the fruit is ripening slowly. However the ripe fruit is crisp and sweet” – like a small, light, nutty apple with 20 times more Vitamin C content than citrus fruit.

Snap, crackle, pop! It’s Finger lime season and Darling Mills Farm have some whoppers of these Australian native citrus as they are thriving in these La Niña conditions. I always find it a delight when opening a finger lime, to watch the caviar like – juice vesicles burst out of the fruit and then when chewed, popping in your mouth releasing their tangy flavour.

To help deal with this wet weather, Savannah Peterson has put together a Northside Produce Market special of her top Savannah Estate picks: the 2016 Mudgee Merlot, the 2018 New England Shiraz and her personal favourite, the 2017 Mudgee Chambourcin – “this scrumptious red is filled with black cherries, soft tannin, raspberries and Allen’s Red Frogs on the nose!” I am looking forward to tasting these Autumn warmers on Saturday.

Congratulations to Luca Ciano with the 2nd series of his television show ‘Luca’s Key Ingredients’ going to air last Sunday on Channel 10. I wonder if we will be able to get a sneak preview of the 2nd episode at his stall? No wonder this next series was made, everything Luca cooks is absolute Italian deliciousness and his sauces make cooking so much easier.

A pawsome feature on CEO (Chief Eating Officer) of Jollies Gourmet Dog Treats in the Autumn edition of local Northsider magazine. Reporter Ted the Puggle discovers how much stallholder Teddy the Cavoodle enjoys his role in the business. As always Teddy will be at the market, eager to impress his four and two legged customers with how much he loves these dog treats and how healthy they are.

It's that time of year when we offer exclusively to our Seniors - a free 'Behind the Scenes' tour of at 8.30am. As part of the 2022 North Sydney Seniors Festival, Tawnya Bahr will lead you to a greater understanding and appreciation of how our food comes to us, with tasters and stories from the growers and makers themselves. There are only a few places left, so book now.

It was great to see so many people at the Check-In & Tune-Up stall at our last market, making the most of this free bicylcyle service despite the weather. It’s happening again this Saturday, thanks to North Sydney Council and a Pedal Set Go bike mechanic will service your bike and show how best to maintain it.

Once again, I ask that you come and give your support to our farmers at this Saturday’s market, no matter how the weather may be. As you know, the rain has been relentless and our food growers need your smile and shopping to help them get through this tough time.

Thanks, Lisa. Lisa MacDonald - Northside Produce Market Coordinator

Due to the current Covid-19 situation in Sydney and in the interest of everyone’s safety, we encourage you to practice the following whilst at the market:

  • Pre-order where possible.
  • Do not attend the market if you are unwell.
  • Wear a face mask.
  • Maintain a physical distance of 1.5m.
  • Shop ’n Tap
  • Use hand sanitiser available at every stall.