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FARM­ERS’ MAR­KETS ARE A GREAT PLACE TO BUY GIFTS AND FOOD FOR CHRIST­MAS, AND BEST OF ALL YOU’LL MAKE THE LIVES OF LO­CAL PRO­DUC­ERS MERRIER TOO

The Northern Star - - WEEKEND - LO­CAL PRO­DUCE WORDS: KATE O’NEILL

Shop­ping at your lo­cal farm­ers’ mar­ket this Christ­mas is a won­der­ful way to sup­port lo­cal grow­ers, the lo­cal econ­omy and the en­vi­ron­ment.

At the mar­ket there’s su­per-fresh lo­cally-grown and pro­duced food for your Christ­mas ta­ble that you will en­joy even more know­ing where it has come from and how it was pro­duced.

At the Mul­lumbimby and New Brighton farm­ers’ mar­kets you’ll find lo­cally and eth­i­cally pro­duced meat and seafood in­clud­ing free-range, ni­trate-free hams, pork and beef roasts from Hayters Hill Farm near By­ron Bay (Mul­lum only), pas­ture-raised or­ganic free-range chicken from Fox Farm near Newry­bar (Mul­lum only), and lo­cal dor­per lamb from Bex­hill (New Brighton only). There are lo­cally-raised oys­ters from Brunswick Seed Oys­ters, JJ Seafood’s fresh fish, caught off Bal­lina, and The Bay Smoke­house’s de­li­cious smoked lo­cal fish.

For nib­bles and en­ter­tain­ing there are fresh dips, in­clud­ing Baraka By­ron Bay’s award-win­ning hum­mus and babaganoush, The Spice Palace’s fresh sea­sonal dips (in­clud­ing ve­gan op­tions) and The Bay Smoke­house’s award-win­ning fish ril­lettes. There’s lo­cal macadamias from Rain­for­est Foods and Nudgel Nuts, farm­house cheeses from Nim­bin Val­ley Dairy and Cheeses Loves You (Mul­lum only) and fresh and dried olives from the fa­mous Grumpy Grandma’s.

There’s a huge amount of fresh fruit and veg­eta­bles in sea­son in­clud­ing pota­toes, beetroot, pump­kin, green beans, car­rots, corn, let­tuce, radish, tomato, egg­plant, cap­sicum and cu­cum­ber. Then there’s blue­ber­ries, ba­nanas, pa­paya and pas­sion­fruit to top off your pav.

The farm­ers’ mar­kets are also a great place to pick up some unique lo­cal hand­made gifts, such as pretty beeswax can­dles from Happy Flame (Mul­lum), cam­phor lau­rel cut­ting boards from Le Chop (Mul­lum) and nat­u­ral soaps from Church Farm.

Or why not put to­gether a ham­per for a foodie friend, filled with lo­cal good­ies like Or­ganic For­rest cof­fee (Mul­lum), Nudgel Nuts macadamias, lo­cal choco­late from Puremelt By­ron Bay, olives and olive oils from Grumpy Grandma’s, curry pastes from Church Farm, hand­made cor­dials from lo­cal citrus grower Ran­cho Limes, bush food jams and spices from Play­ing With Fire or some of the many lo­cal pick­les, pre­serves, jams and sauces on of­fer.

Photo: Kate O’Neill

The farm­ers’ mar­kets are a great place to pick up lo­cally-grown fresh food for your Christ­mas ta­ble.

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