What to find at the markets in Autumnhttps://tableunderatree.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/avocado-scaled.jpg25601707Table Under a TreeTable Under a Treehttps://tableunderatree.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/avocado-scaled.jpg
We’ve all got wet feet, but that doesn’t make us ducks!
The rain has been prolific over summer and it does mean that growing cycles for produce in the Northern Rivers are a little out of whack this autumn. But don’t let that worry you, because there is an abundance of things to enjoy with plenty of seasonal favourites coming along in the next few months.
Let’s start with the fruit you’ll enjoy through this season:
Apples from Stanthorpe are fantastic, with galas pumping out at the moment. The first of the season’s pears have just arrived too, so plenty of snacking and baking options there as well.
Avocados have just started their season too, so time to enjoy them in every which way you fancy. Different varieties are picked at different times, but you’ll see avos at the market for the next five to six months.
Bananas, papaya and passionfruit are all still available, as are some supplies of pineapples. Occasionally you’ll find plantain too.
Citrus fruit, including lemons and limes, have started. Oranges won’t be too far behind so get ready for juicing.
Picone Exotics, growers of an array of exotic fruit, will also have plenty of fruit available through Autumn. From jak fruit to longan, you never know what might appear! If you come across the Picone stall at one of the local farmer’s markets, just ask John or Lyndel what they recommend and give it a try!
And for those who count tomatoes as a fruit, there are still some local tomatoes around, although this isn’t the height of the season, so don’t expect to see the heirlooms or other specialty varieties. Steer for the roma and sweet little cherries instead.
How about the veggie world? Autumn is an in-between season, with summer veg largely gone, and winter veg not quite ready to start. You can still expect to find good supplies of the following:
Potatoes, multiple varieties
Sweet potato, various colours
Fresh herbs and leafy greens are also plentiful at the markets. Look out for Gourmet Salad Hut at the markets in particular, and hit up Five Sixty Farms for amazing sprouts. You’ll get great ingredients for a loaded salad.
Towards the end of the season we should also see the first signs of new season winter crops coming too. Usually the broccoli and the cabbage will appear first, with others including fennel, leeks, cauliflower, broccoli, turnips and the like thereafter. Keep an eye out, although with the rain we’ve had, some growers may be a little late getting plants in the ground.
Other local crops that will be harvested throughout Autumn include pecans and macadamias, and they are well worth seeking out.
Really you can’t go wrong if you head to a local farmers’ market. Many of the local ones are strictly audited, which means the farmers can only sell what they grow themselves. It is testament to the authenticity of the produce and the best way for you to ensure you eat with the seasons.
And of course, if you’re not sure, just order a Produce Pod from us and we’ll deliver you all the fresh fruit and veggies you need!