NEWS FROM THE FARMERS’ MARKETS
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).
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.
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).
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.