NEWS FROM THE FARMERS’ MARKET
The warmer weather has brought on a glut of tomatoes at Coopers Shoot Tomatoes, so it’s a great time to pick up a bargain on bulk lots and make into sauces. Cherries, Roma, gourmet truss and a variety of heirlooms available. Coopers Shoot is also harvesting cucumbers and eggplants. Available from New Brighton/Mullumbimby Farmers Markets.
Also known as pitanga, these little antioxidant-rich fruit are about the same size as a cherry, but are ribbed and have a bright orange/maroon colour. You can eat them fresh, or de-seed and sprinkle with sugar and add whipped cream as a decadent dessert. They can also be made into jam, or preserved in syrup. Available from Picone Exotics, New Brighton/Mullumbimby.
Fruit shrub syrups
You’ve heard of kombucha and kefir – what about fruit shrubs? Also known as drinking vinegars, fruit shrubs are becoming the next big thing for cocktail mixers, and blended with soda water, they make one of the most refreshing summer drinks around. Numulgi citrus grower Jane Boniface, of Rancho Limes (New Brighton) has just launched a range of home made shrub syrups using produce from her farm and locally sourced fruit, including a Blueberry with Ginger and Blood Orange shrub, Strawberry and Rosemary, and Mandarin and Cardamom. She’s also developing a Custard Apple shrub.
Also in season: avocados, bananas. basil, black sapote, blueberries, broccoli, carrots, potato, sweet potato, celery, rhubarb, spinach, lettuce, radish, strawberries, shallots, turnips, papaya