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Market Update

27 Oct 2014

For some this will mean shrieks, panic and horror at this impending date; others will think, “that’s miles off, plenty of time to shop, wrap and make”.

Farmers’ markets tend to focus on the here-and-now; what’s in season this week? However, Christmas is one of the few times we look ahead as demand tends to outstrip supply, especially when it comes to the main course.

Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, it can be important to consider ordering ahead, simply due to the frenzy at that time of the year with so many people entertaining guests and extra family members visiting.  

If roast beef is your traditional family favourite, Matt from Maldon Biodynamic Meats is the chap to speak to.  Biodynamic farming shares much in common with organic agriculture, with no synthetic chemicals used in production and sustainability at its heart.

Matt’s family raise Hereford beef and, if lamb appeals to you instead, white Suffolk-cross sheep. Mallee Dorper Saltbush Lamb is also at the market with its lamb, which reflects the drought-hardy feed that sustains the flavour of the meat.

For pork, visit Bronwyn and Michael at Gypsy Pig, which has four different rare-breed pigs on their farm. Buying and eating rare breed meats enables farmers to be viable business owners while ensuring the breeds and their genetics continue into the future.  

Creative cooks will be inspired to look into using Camboer Goat. Those who view December 25 as a day for rest and relaxation could take cooking out of the equation altogether with some ready-to-eat Mr Duk roast peking duck.

Pescetarians will look to Westernport Mussels and the vegetarian and vegan crowd are spoiled for choice with plenty of fresh vegetable options that can be selected just before the big day.

Order ahead to avoid disappointment.

Meantime, the fresh asparagus and new season strawberries  are what we’re loving right now. The navel oranges are also particularly good. Combine segments with finely sliced fennel in a simple salad that awakens your tastebuds.

Good Food Month coincides with our next Southbank Farmers’ Market on November 1. Cup weekend traditionally marks the last day you should get tomatoes in the ground, so we’ll be celebrating with plenty of tomato seedlings at the market. See you there.

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