WHAT’S FRESH

NEWS FROM THE FARM­ERS’ MAR­KETS

The Northern Star - - WEEKEND -

Gar­lic

Lo­cal farm­ers have been busy har­vest­ing and cur­ing their gar­lic crops in re­cent weeks, which means there should be plenty avail­able in time for Christ­mas. Gar­lic is one of those sta­ples you should al­ways try to buy lo­cally – im­ported gar­lic is cheap, but of­ten bleached and sprayed with chem­i­cals and will not have the same flavour. For some ex­cel­lent lo­cally-grown gar­lic, try Or­ganic For­rest (Mul­lumbimby Farm­ers’ Mar­ket) and Sum­mit Or­gan­ics (New Brighton/Mul­l­lumbimby farm­ers’ mar­kets).

Oys­ters

Oys­ter fans are in luck this Christ­mas. Brunswick River oys­ter farmer Noel Bag­ga­ley, of Brunswick Seed Oys­ters, says it’s a great sea­son for his sweet-tast­ing Syd­ney rock oys­ters and he will have plenty of them all the way through to Christ­mas and be­yond. Avail­able from the New Brighton and Mul­lumbimby farm­ers’ mar­kets.

Pas­sion­fruit

It just wouldn’t be a Christ­mas pav with­out the pas­sion­fruit on top. Lo­cal grow­ers are pick­ing lots of these sweet fruits now and say there should be a good sup­ply through un­til Christ­mas. Find pas­sion­fruit at Jump­ing Red Ant and Ever­est Farms (New Brighton/Mul­lum).

Salad greens

Sum­mer time means sal­ads brim­ming with lots of fresh leafy greens. The Gourmet Salad Hut (New Brighton/Mul­lum) has a huge range of greens avail­able from its Bur­ring­bar farm, in­clud­ing cos, oak and mignonette let­tuce, rocket, pak choy and wa­ter­cress, as well as fresh leafy herbs like basil. Teven grower Denise Latham (New Brighton/Mul­lum) also has an ex­cel­lent va­ri­ety of let­tuce and salad mixes avail­able. To keep your leafy greens fresher for longer, chop off any roots and store in an air­tight bag or con­tainer in the fridge.

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