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Melbourne Farmers’ Markets: February

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on February 5th, 2010

Source: Melbourne Community Farmers’ Markets

February 2010 Newsletter:

Our thoughts this month are will all those who suffered and are still grappling with the aftermath of last Summer. Not only the fires themselves but the extreme conditions of heat this time last year. We know it’s a long slow road to recovery and we’ll stick with you.

‘Tis the season to be bottling, preserving, jamming and pickling while things are plentiful which means buying in bulk. As well as simply sinking your teeth into fabulous peaches, plums and nectarines, they’re perfect right now to stew and freeze or make chutneys and jams. Raspberries, blueberries and Sylvan berries freeze beautifully too and will keep you smiling in winter.

It’s been fantastic to see so much Victorian garlic around this year…have you stocked up yet? A skein or two hanging in a cool spot will last for months…unlike the garlic from both China and Spain I saw in my local supermarket this week, otherwise boasting its Aussie pride! Other happy dark dwellers are the freshly dug onions and new season spuds which keep well in a cupboard. Then there’s zucchini, eggplant, beans and cucumbers for pickling (look up a CWA cook book or Pietro Demaio’s “Preserving the Italian Way” for hints). You’ll also find radishes, Asian greens, lettuces, rocket, kohl rabi, fresh pistachios, field tomatoes, corn, basil, coriander & much more in Summer spoils around the markets now.

The true season of apples starts this month with varieties such as Ginger Gold, Snow, Gravenstein and Jonathan strutting their stuff first. Nashi and pears will follow soon. To immerse yourself more and revel in all things pome fruit get along to the annual Petty’s Orchard Antique Apple Festival in Templestowe (yes, Templestowe) on Sunday 28th March 10am-4pm. You’ll find more info on facebook.

And on matters of modern networking, you can now follow the Victorian Farmers’ Market Association on facebook [http://tinyurl.com/VFMA-FB] & twitter [twitter.com/VicFarmrsMarkts] for interesting food articles, local food issues and events. MCFM needs to catch up with technology and will be along shortly!

The current Newsletter can also be downloaded from our website in PDF format.

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