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The chill is in the air and winter has arrived. The great thing is that it means there’s a load of new season veggies starting to hit peak supply and that is very, very exciting!
Winter cooking is fun. Hearty, warming and soul-affirming. With the abundance of amazing fruit and vegetables now gracing the farmer’s market stalls, there is no better time than now to embrace seasonal eating. Here’s some of the fruit and veggies you’re likely to see fresh and local throughout June:
Apples from Stanthorpe are absolutely delicious, as are the pears
Avocados are thumpingly good now
Bananas are still going strong
Beans of all varieties are great, with broad beans not far away, and butter beans to follow
Beetroot is awesome
Broccoli, cauliflower and brassicas in general
Cabbage is abundant
Capsicums, and their cousin, poblano peppers (a new planting from Jumping Red Ant)
Carrots are brilliant
Celery is now available
Citrus is going really strong (oranges, mandarin, lemons and limes)
Eggplant in various varieties
Garlic and galangil
Kale, silverbeet and swiss chard are fantastic
Leeks and spring onions
Potatoes and sweet potatoes are perfect
Shelling peas will make their brief appearance so get them while you can!
For something a bit special, Wattle Tree Creek will be harvesting their custard apples through the month so give that a try if you haven’t had them before. Luscious!
Local pecans and macadamias are harvesting now, and local rice will be harvesting soon so it won’t be far away from market too.
On the meat front, venison is back in supply, so Fair Game Wild Venison is something you really should try. The rough seas have been playing havoc with supply of locally caught fish of late, so hopefully that settles this month. Other local meats are less seasonally impacted and we’re lucky to have access to them year round.
So many great options! Whatever you choose to eat, make sure you’re eating real food, from real people at real places.