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Spring has officially sprung and you can feel the hint of warmth in the air which is great – and much nicer than the crazy winds that are so prevalent this time of year.
So what does September mean in terms of the fresh produce you’re likely to find at markets throughout the Northern Rivers? Some gentle shifts in vegetables, and some changes in fruit.
On the veggie front, the winter crops will keep coming for a while yet. The like of cabbages, broccoli, cauliflower, beans (butter and round), zucchini, eggplant, beetroot, leeks, shallots, fennel, celery, potatoes and sweet potatoes are all still in good supply. Ditto for the pumpkin, kale, silver beet and chard. These will still be the backbone of our Produce Pods for the next month.
New season crops aren’t far off, with capsicums just starting to come back in better quantities and corn around the corner (think October). Tomatoes, and yes I know that’s technically a fruit, will begin to hit their straps soon so we’ll start loading back into Pods when they do. And for those who like a bit of old-school like me, iceburg lettuce are coming back now too. Who doesn’t love a wedge salad!
On fruit, we’ve seen the raspberry season come and go, but blueberries are still cranking for the moment (and they’re great). Strawberries are kicking in, and smell amazing. Plenty of apples, bananas, paw paw and passionfruit about still, but oranges will only have a few weeks left before they’re done. Avocados will tail off soon too, and I will cry real tears when they do!
So keep on cooking with the hearty veggies for now and starting thinking salads soon. It won’t be long! As always, whatever you’re whipping up in the kitchen, make sure you’re eating real food, from real people at real places!