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Another delicious recipe idea: Cherry and chocolate Christmas pudding

Chocolate Christmas Pudding Recipe from the Capital Region Farmers Market in Canberra


Pudding:

  • 200g cherries, plus extra cherries, left whole, to decorate the pudding
  • 1 pear, peeled and grated
  • 100g raisins
  • 100g sultanas
  • 100ml brandy
  • 100g dark chocolate
  • 100g unsalted butter, plus 2 tbsp for greasing
  • 2 large eggs
  • 50g plain flour
  • 100g dark soft brown sugar
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 50g fresh breadcrumbs

Sauce:

  • 100g dark chocolate
  • 120ml double cream, plus extra to serve
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 3 tbsp brandy

Method:

  1. Halve the cherries and combine with raisins, sultanas and brandy. Bring to the boil and leave for five minutes for fruit to plump up.
  2. Chop chocolate and butter. Add to fruit and stir to melt. Cool this for 15 minutes.
  3. Use the extra butter to grease the pudding moulds. Beat eggs together then add sifted flour, mixed spice and cocoa powder, and the sugar and breadcrumbs.
  4. Add ¼ tsp salt and the fruit. It should be fairly wet mixture.
  5. Cover with two layers of buttered foil. Place in a saucepan – use a saucer if necessary to lift pudding off the bottom of the saucepan and fill to halfway up the basin. Steam for 2 ½ hours. A skewer inserted should come out clean. You may need to top water up as it cooks.
  6. You can sore this for up to two months before eating. Reheat by steaming for 30 minutes.

Sauce:

  1. Bring the cream to the boil, remove from heat and add chopped chocolate, golden syrup and brandy.
  2. Serve pudding with chocolate sauce and cherries.

Meet the stallholder: Borenore Berry Farm


Want to put a face to the business where you get your produce at the Market each week? Or a name to the face of the guy who sells you your fruit and veg? Or simply find out a little more about your food and where it comes from? Then check out our ‘meet the stallholder’ video series on our Market YouTube channel. This month –  meet Dave from Borenore Berry Farm. Dave has been coming to the Farmers Market each Saturday since 2005 from his farm in Borenore, 12 kilometres west of Orange, NSW. The Farm produces strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and blueberries. Strawberries are available from November to May each year, with the other berries being seasonal at different times of the year. Dave says all varieties are popular and they often receive feedback about the high quality of the fruit. You can meet Dave and take home some of these delicious berries from the Market each week.

DIARY DATE – Christmas Market the last for 2017

Christmas Markets at the Capital Region Farmers Market


An important diary date for you – our Christmas Market will be held on Saturday 23 December and this will be our final Market for 2017. Importantly on this day, there is strictly no customer access by the public before 6.30am, and all entry is to be only via Old Wells Station Road Gates, then Gate 7, including those arriving on foot or by bike.  We would like to also take this opportunity to wish all our customers a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year. We look forward to seeing you all when we return in 2018 on Saturday 13 January.

Did someone say live Christmas trees?!

Santa's Shaped Christmas Tree Farm at the Capital Region Farmers Market in Canberra

Image: Santa’s Shaped Christmas Tree Farm


Live Christmas trees. The scent of pine, the fun in decorating and of course the thrill of choosing your very own perfect tree.  Then it’s on to the count down to the big day when your beautiful live tree will be surrounded with gifts for your loved ones. Right now, you can get yourself a beautiful live Christmas tree from the Market. You can be sure your tree is locally grown with the crew at Santa’s Shaped Christmas Tree Farm bringing you home grown trees from their property in Gundaroo. Their farm has had a cool spring, so the trees are looking very healthy with fresh green foliage and a wonderful fragrance. Most trees range from around 1.5 – 2 metres in height and are cut and netted for easy transport to your home. You can also visit St Nicholas Christmas Trees who really know their Christmas trees having supplied the Canberra region with trees for over 16 years.  Their trees are grown on a small family owned property just outside Goulburn, with the farm having been in the family for four generations dating back to 1920. Tree prices vary depending on the size and start from $60. So, come on in and choose your tree on the weekend.

Never fear, your Christmas foods are right here

Wins Creek Meadery at the Capital Region Farmers Markets

Image: Wins Creek Meadery


What is Christmas without some festive foods to bring some extra Christmas cheer. It’s this time of year when cherries and stone fruit fill your fruit bowl to the brim, seafood is on order for a family barbecue and everyone makes room for those delightful Christmas desserts. The Market is the best place to buy all your best and freshest festive foods. Over the coming weeks you’ll find the best and freshest in scrumptious seafood from Warren’s Fresh Seafood with many varieties of fish plus yummy prawns, lobster, mussels and oysters. And speaking of oysters there’s plenty of Sydney Rocks available from Rod Terry Oysters There’s loads of juicy ripe cherries and stone fruit on offer with nectarines from Harrison & Sons, and cherries from Torry Hill Orchards, Hill Lock Orchard and Drive In Orchards. If you dream of Christmas sweets all year round, then make sure you head to Rosa’s Home Bake for delectable Christmas puddings, and make a beeline to Wins Creak Honey for their range of Christmas cookies. Traditional hand moulded biscuits featuring woodcut decorations compliment their spiced honeys – star anise, cinnamon, ginger and mixed spice –  and festive cherry mead.  Make us your first stop for festive foods this year.

Another delicious recipe idea: Raw apple and beetroot salad with goat’s cheese

Tolpuddle Goats Cheese Salad at the Capital Region Farmers Market


Did you know we have our own Market recipe book? Our recipe book shares the stories and recipes of the people and produce who have made our Market what it is today. The book is available from the Market each week from the Rotary Help Desk.

Because we’re right into goat’s cheese this month, how about this recipe for Raw apple and beetroot salad with goat’s cheese. Grab some goat’s cheese from Tolpuddle Goats Cheese and you’re set.

Salad

  • 1 beetroot
  • 1 cos lettuce heart
  • 1 green apple
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • goat’s cheese

Dressing

  • Juice of half an orange
  • ½ cup verjuice
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Grate the beetroot into a bowl and add the walnuts.
  2. Chop up cos lettuce and grate the apple.
  3. Mix the dressing in a small bowl and add on top of salad.
  4. Crumble the goat’s cheese on top and lightly toss.
  5. Top with a little more goat’s cheese to serve.

Meet the stallholder: La Barre Olives


Want to put a face to the business where you get your produce at the Market each week? Or a name to the face of the guy who sells you your fruit and veg? Or simply find out a little more about your food and where it comes from? Then check out our ‘meet the stallholder’ video series on our Market YouTube channel.

This month –  meet Charlie from La Barre Olives. Charlie has been producing olive oil for about 15 years, selling it at the Market for the last four years. He grows the La Barre Olives at two groves – one at Yass and one at Cowra. Charlie says one of the nicest things about their oils is they combine the fruit from each of the groves and get a really lovely, balanced oil. The La Barre range includes flavoured oils with the most popular being the chilli and garlic oil, and the rosemary and garlic oil which are both great with savoury foods, roasts, and on steamed vegetables. Charlie says the most fun part of his business is experimenting and coming up with new varieties – there are currently 17 products at the Market, with most available for taste testing including the La Barre dukkha and caramelised balsamic. Tasty!

Find out more about our Market stallholders in our stallholder video series here.

Diary Date: Last Market before Christmas

Christmas cherries at the Capital Region Farmers Market


Ho Ho Ho-eads up! Our last Market for 2017 will be on Saturday 23rd December. That’s Christmas Eve, Eve. It’s your last chance to get in for all your holiday food needs.

You will find fresh seasonal Christmas fruit like cherries and stone fruit, meats including Christmas hams, sumptuous seafood including fish, oysters and prawns, plus all the Christmas sweet treats like puddings, cakes and chocolates.

If you’re stuck for last minute Christmas gift ideas, head in for the Farmers Market Cook Book or a Gift Card – both are available from the Rotary Help Desk at the Market entry.  Seasons Eatings!

What’s in season? Splendid strawberries!

Strawberries from Borenore Berry Farm at the Capital Region Farmers Market

Image: Borenore Berry Farm


Strawberries. Splendid, scrumptious, superb and in-season now.

Did you know that aside from its luscious red beauty, the humble strawberry also has many health benefits? In addition to antioxidants and polyphenols, they offer many other vitamins, minerals and nutrients that contribute to your overall health. Strawberries are high in vitamin C, folate, potassium, manganese, dietary fibre and magnesium.

And they have many, many uses. Will it be strawberries in your fruit salad, desserts, breakfasts, smoothies or delicious daiquiri?

Such a summery fruit, and our friends at Borenore Berry Farm have got plenty of fresh new-season strawberries on offer right now. Situated 12 kilometres west of Orange in Borenore, this berry farm is run by David and Kate Dickson who have been selling their berries at the Market for over 12 years. Come in for their fresh strawberries before it’s bye bye berries.

NEW – Tolpuddle can gloat about this goats’ cheese

Tolpuddle Goat Cheese at the Capital Region Farmers Market

Image: Tolpuddle Goat Cheese


Cheese. There’s always going to be a special place for it in most people’s lives whether it’s as a healthy snack, salad ingredient or welcome addition to a packed cheese platter. But how about goat’s cheese! It is just divine. It could be chevre, goat curd or goat feta, they’re all rather tasty. And Market newcomers, Tolpuddle Goat Cheese, are producing a delicious range of goat’s cheeses that are so flavoursome.

Melissa and Donovan Jacka and their two children moved to Tarrawingee in North East Victoria in 2013 to establish a small goat dairy and farmstead cheese factory. Today, they raise a small herd of Sannen dairy goats which are milked daily with the milk carried to the nearby cheese factory where it is pasteurised and used to make small batch specialist goat’s cheeses.

In addition to the varieties mentioned above, Tolpuddle produces their signature ‘Great Alpine Road’, a white mould ripened goat cheese, and a chalky blue goat cheese called ‘Bulldog Blue’, as well as an ashed chevre.

These cheeses feature on menus in some of the best restaurants in North East Victoria, and you can now buy them each Saturday at the Market. Say cheese!