Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Father's Day Competition!

Make sure you bring Dad to the Lane Cove Public School Food & Farmers' Markets this Sunday 2 September. Spend over $20 at any one stall and go into the draw to win a Market Meat Hamper. 

While you're at the markets, buy all your produce for a perfect Dad's Day Dinner, and grab a bacon & egg roll for Dad, or a Turkish Brekkie Gozleme and wash it all down with a piping hot Toby's Estate Coffee.

Terms & Conditions


1. The competition will be advertised on Facebook, Twitter and our website.
2. Entrants must spend at least $20 at any one stall and be given an entry voucher by the relevant stallholder.
3. Vouchers must be placed in the entry box at the Market Management stall at the Lane Cove Public School Food & Farmers' by 12.00pm on Sunday 2 September.
4. All entrants must supply all details correctly with a valid email address on each voucher to be eligible.
3. Only one entry per person.
4. Only one winner will be randomly drawn from the entry box and the winner will be drawn at 12.30pm on Sunday 2 September and will be notified on that day.
5. The composition of each hamper will be subject to Management’s sole discretion and may be subject to produce availability and seasonality. The prize must be collected in person from the Lane Cove Public School Food & Farmers' Markets at the time/s specified by Your Local Markets.
6. Prizes are not redeemable for cash or transferable and must submitted into the entry box before 12.00pm on Sunday 2 September 2012.
7. Information collected during this competition may be used for marketing and other purposes and subject to Your Local Markets’ Privacy Policy. See for details of our Privacy Policy.

Our Terms and Conditions are also on our website.

Popeye's fave

Spinach is thought to have originated in ancient Persia; Arab traders then carried spinach into India, and the plant was then introduced into ancient China, where it was known as "Persian vegetable". The earliest available record of the spinach plant was recorded in Chinese.

Spinach first appeared in England and France in the 14th century, probably via Spain, and it gained quick popularity because it appeared in early spring, when other vegetables were scarce. In 1533 Catherine de Medici became queen of France and she loved spinach so much that she insisted it be served at every meal. To this day, dishes made with spinach are known as "Florentine", reflecting Catherine's birth in Florence.

During World War I, wine fortified with spinach juice was given to French soldiers weakened by hemorrhage. 

The cartoon character Popeye ate a lot of spinach, which purportedly made him stronger. It is said that the reason for his affinity with spinach was based on faulty calculations of the iron content in spinach. Apparently a misplaced a decimal point in an 1870 measurement of spinach's iron content led to an iron value 10 times higher than it should have been and this faulty measurement wasn't noticed until the 1930s.

Our favourite way of eating spinach is quickly flash fried with a tiny bit of oil, garlic and good quality salt and pepper. For breakfast with eggs or dinner with any dish, spinach is a super-hero veggie.

Buy your spinach and other seasonal produce from Sorbello Tomatoes and Rita's Farm Produce at the Lane Cove Food & Farmers' Markets every Sunday 9am-1.30pm; and Rita's Farm Produce at the Bondi Junction Village Markets every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 9am-5pm. All our markets are open every week except public holidays.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Lane Cove Public School Food & Farmers' Markets a HIT!

Sunshine. Colour. Bustle. And the smell of bacon sizzling.  It doesn’t get much better than this on a Sunday morning in Sydney and our Lane Cove Public School Food & Farmers’ Market launched with a bang.

Hundreds of enthusiastic shoppers have started flocking to the newest foodie hub and we'd like to think it's already shaping up to be the best around, by far.

With stallholders like Brasserie Bread, Toby’s Estate Coffee, Over the Moon Milk, Binnorie Dairy, Thirlmere Poultry, The Free Range Butcher, Sorbello Tomatoes, Watkins Mandarins, Bob’s Farm Avocados, River Flats Estate Olive Oil, Portland Free Range Eggs, the Bacon & Egg Barn, Jonima Flowers, Sweetness the Patisserie, Gourmet Gozleme, Saltbush Lamb and Roar Energy Drinks, it’s no wonder.

Having only traded for 3 weeks since the launch on Sunday 5 August, Brasserie Bread fights hard each week to keep up with demand for its artisan sourdough and you’ll be hard pressed to find any of Yuri’s apples or Watkins Orchard mandarins left at the end of each market. Mental note: arrive early!

Interest in Sorbello Tomatoes’ show-stopping heirloom tomatoes and exotic herbs (chocolate mint, anyone?) continues to climb each week as curious locals engage in long conversations with Sorbello family members about different varieties of tomatoes, other specialty veggies and cooking and growing advice.  We suspect this may be the cause of a recent bout of laryngitis in the family!

Those keen to explore more than just button mushrooms have found nirvana with The Fungi, who has the most awe-inspiring varieties of mushrooms. His seriously impressive range includes Masterchef celebrities such as the magestic King George and international mushrooms-of-mystery, such as nameko, enoki, shitake and shemeji. Fungus never looked so tempting or sounded so exotic.

The folk from Over the Moon milk receive such a positive response to their question: “Want to try some REAL milk?” that soon they’ll need to call in the Johnson’s Farmgate cavalry, as shoppers make a stampede for a free sample of oh-so-creamy non-homogenised milk from happy free-range jersey cows.  Their milk is literally walking out the front gates, in droves.

The 3 kiddies’ playgrounds are munchkin-magnets and provide welcome respite for parents keen for a Toby’s Estate coffee and crispy bacon & egg roll; whilst the smooth sounds of Mike Harvey and his crowd-pleasing hits provide the perfect ambiance in the leafy courtyard. Sounds like Sunday perfection to us!

The Lane Cove Public School Food & Farmers’ Markets are open every Sunday, rain or shine, at Lane Cove Public School, 145-153 Longueville Road, Lane Cove. 9am – 1.30pm.