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Seasonal Update

08 Apr Seasonal Update

Here is where you find out what to buy, what to cook, what to grow and where to get what you need.  Includes a list of the week’s accredited Farmer’s Markets in Melbourne.

Autumn Farmer’s Markets would have to be the best of all!

See you at Gasworks this Saturday for persimmons, almonds, walnuts, heritage apples, mushrooms, cabbage, leeks – where to stop? All in Season Now.

This week’s accredited Farmer’s Markets in Victoria 

Thursday 14th April – Weekly

Goldsbourough Lane, CBD

Saturday  16th April – 3rd SATURDAY of the month

Hawthorn, Coburg, Echuca, Eurora, Fairfield, Gasworks, Heathcote, Riddels Creek, Mildura, Warragul, Wodonga

Sunday 17th April – 3rd SUNDAY of the month

Eynesbury, Flemington, Mooroopna
Visit www.vfma.org.au for more information

What to buy:
Delicious, delicious persimmons. I brought them from St Kilda 2 weeks ago and oh my. The soft variety were available – excquisitely packed in little hand made boxes made from recycled paper. Not yet available in local stores but sure to be at the market.

Things I want to cook this weekend:
For something sweet:
Lemon curd and raspberry tartlets, Strawberry jam if there is time.
For something warm and nourishing:
Marcella Hazen’s Cabbage Soup or a Minestrone
For no meat Monday: Warm lentil salad with silverbeet or sorrel.

Recipes coming!

For those of you yet to be convinced about shopping regularly at your local Farmer’s Market, you may be interested in Richard Cornish’s recent article – Farmers Markets versus Supermarkets, published recently in the Age Epicure section.  http://www.goodfood.com.au/good-food/top-10-cook/supermarkets-versus-farmers-markets-which-is-better-in-value-and-taste-20160307-gn1jd3.html

The article compares a selection of products for their lasting power, price, quality and flavour.  He also offers some notes and comparisons on convenience, compliance and allocation of profits between the two.

I go for quality and flavour over lasting power of produce every time.  Not surprisingly, I am rewarded routinely in the meals I prepare.

Bonbeach, Clunes, Eltham, Eynesbury, Flemington

What is in Season in Autumn? – We are spoilt for choice!

Fruit:

Apples; berries – blueberries, raspberries, strawberries; figs, grapes, citrus – lemons, limes, nectarines, oranges;  melons, – honey dew, rock melon and watermelon; nashis; passionfruit; the last of the stone fruit – peaches and plums; pears; persimmons; pomegranate; rhubarb

Nuts:

Almonds, chestnuts, hazelnuts, pistachio

Vegetables:

Asian greens; Beans; Cabbages: Capsicums; Carrots; Celery, Chillies; Cucumber,, Daikon; Eggplants; Garlic; Kohlrabi (green); Leeks; Lettuces; Okra; Onions; Peas, Potatoes; Pumpkins; Radishes; Shallots; Silver beet; Spinach; Spring onions; Squash; Sweet corn; Tomatoes; Zucchini

Herbs:

bay leaf, parsley, mint, rosemary, thyme, chives, oregano, marjoram, sage, bronze fennel, watercress

Sources:

Friends of Victoria Farmers Market newsletter, 16th March, 2016 – be sure to subscribe,

http://www.vicfarmersmarkets.org.au/

The Age Epicure, 22nd March, 2016.

What seedlings to sow in Melbourne in Autumn:

Speak to the nursery attendants about bed preparation and care of these plants over the cool months.  You can choose a selection here for everything from the tiniest terrace pots to a possum – magnet vegie patch!  See the sources listed below for further information.

Vegetables:

Beetroot; Broadbeans; Broccoli; Brussel Sprouts; Cabbage; Carrots; Fennel; Leeks; Radish; Peas

Herbs and Greens:

Chives; Garlic; Oregano; Parsley; Rocket; Shallots; Lettuce; Mizuna; Silverbeet; Spinach; Kale

Diggers Club in this months newsletter remind us that now is the time to be planting Sweet Peas.  Irresistible in a vase in a few months time!

Sources:

www.localfoodconnect.org.au

www.leafrootfruit.com.au

www.suburbantomato.com

www.littlevegiepatchco.com.au

The Diggers Club newsletter 29th March, 2016.