fresh beans for a winter stew

Oh it’s going to be cold this week!  Here’s the story about our winter markets – we really want for them to be lovely sunny days with blue skies and people sitting around having a lovely time.  The reality is that we have several big mountains (that often have snow on them) just up the road.  In fact, on a clear day you can see those snowy mountains from our market site!

So what does that mean for our Farmers’ Market?  Not a lot changes.  Our stallholders are still preparing for the market, often up to two or three weeks beforehand.  They still come along early on the 4th Saturday, set up their tents and their produce and wait for customers to come along.

Yes, it is a bit cold and sometimes it is also wet BUT they are still there with delicious food.  And rather than having to pack it up at the end of the day and take it home again, we would all much prefer that it went home to your house so that you could enjoy it.  We are lucky enough to have a big fireplace (sometimes two), some undercover space to “hide” if the rain decides to pay a visit and plenty of “hot options” to keep your hands and your belly warm whilst you shop. So put on your boots, grab a coat and a beanie, maybe throw your umbrella into the car as well and head on down.

We have some new faces at our June market – Jedda’s Garden from over the hills.  Jedda tells me that EVERYTHING on her stall comes from her garden.  She has some bare rooted fruit trees, some citrus fruits, maybe a bunch or two of freshly picked flowers and some other bits and pieces depending on what is ready to go.  We also welcome the crew from Wangandary Olives over near Wangaratta.  Delicious olive oils and related products.  Forrest Grasses  will also be returning to the market with their wheat grass teas.

Will from Mansfield Icecream has recently launched a Pozible crowdfunding campaign to try and raise funds to fit out his own commercial kitchen.  By pre-ordering different icecream packages (including icecream parties for the warmer months) you’ll be helping out his cause.

We have some new bits and pieces on the webpages – jump over and read our Meet the Maker or Local is Lovely posts – a chat with some of our stallholders as well as our local Mansfield residents.

Stallholders this month (correct as at 22/6/2016)

  1. Aintree Almonds
  2. Boonderoo Farm – Bread & pies
  3. Delatite Special Occasions
  4. Forrest Grasses
  5. Gary’s veggies
  6. Greg’s Seedlings
  7. Howes Creek Farm – terrines / pate / sausages / hot breakfast
  8. Jedda’s Garden
  9. Jillicious – cakes and preserves
  10. King Valley Walnuts
  11. Locheilan Cheese
  12. Mansfield Ice-cream
  13. Maindample CFA Relay For Life – raffle
  14. Maindample Imperial Fudge
  15. Mansfield Steiner School –  soup
  16. Mojo Muesli
  17. Ninn’s Pantry (including King Valley Dairy)
  18. Pasta Adele
  19. Red Elk winery
  20. RenMar Chocolates
  21. Ross Tomatoes
  22. Swanpool Native Plants
  23. The Produce Store – coffee
  24. Tolmie plants
  25. Tolmie Gold Saffron
  26. Turkish Star Bread
  27. Verduci Produce
  28. Wangandary Olives coming in July