Do you go to one of Canberra’s farmers’ markets? As far as I’m concerned, Saturday morning at the Capital Region Farmers Market in EPIC is the best thing about Canberra. We are very blessed to have such high quality produce available each week, bringing a wide array of locally produced fruit and vegetables, meat and seafood, eggs, dairy, honey, baked goods and more to our doorsteps. You can meet the producer, learn about where your grocery items come from, and support small scale, local business. It’s a winning situation all around. In this series, I will bring you some stories about the seasonal produce, and stallholders at the Capital Region Farmers Market.
There’s all sorts of wonderful produce in season at the moment. You can catch the last of the Jerusalem artichokes; they make amazing crisps, sliced thinly on a mandolin and shallow fried. The avocado season has begun again, so you can pick up a high quality avo to smash for your favourite brunch or a Mexican dinner dish. Broccoli is at its best at the moment; you can buy the sweet young broccoli shoots, whole heads or broccolini.
Mick Auddino with his giant Imperial Mandarins
But in the winter chills, there’s not much better than some good citrus to bring some zing back into your day. Mick Auddino sells as many different citrus as you can imagine. The Imperial mandarins are very popular at the moment – Mick is selling a whopping 800 kilos a week! He sells the best orange juice I’ve ever tried, but he doesn’t stop there. You can buy his delicious mandarin juice, grapefruit or lemon juice. His blood orange juice runs out the door when it’s in season. Buy lemons for hot toddy if you’ve got the dreaded lurgy, or some fresh limes if you want to join the Taco Tuesday tradition.
Susan is RiotACT’s newest contributor and will be running a series on the farmers market. Susan loves cooking with local, fresh and handcrafted produce. She forages and blogs. She is policy and advocacy professional specialising in gender, conflict and development.