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Oh. My. Goodness! What a weekend! I hope you had a lovely one - perhaps a little less eventful than mine 😂.
I drove home early Saturday evening relaxed and joyful after spending the afternoon enjoying stimulating conversations peppered with large lashings of laughter with friends. As I clamoured out of the car and dashed down to water my vegie patch I heard the dreaded sound of gushing water -  a water leak! As I closed in on the sound I realised with a little trepidation that it was in the most neglected and heavily shaded part of my yard.
With dark rapidly descending I had no choice but to pull on my gumboots and welding gloves for some serious (and I have to confess, a little panicked) bush bashing. And yes! Underneath what I frequently refer to as snake haven – years of accumulated tree and tiger grass prunings that, due to the prolonged dry, had not yet mulched down into the beautiful rich soil that I was imagining – I uncovered the pipe and the LEAK!
Thanks to a kind neighbour whose muscle power compensated for my lack, plus three bright lights and a pipe joiner this minor inconvenience was fixed.
Photo credit to Sylva Lining Organics who are sharing the joy of five wheelbarrows of freshly harvested new season elephant garlic.
What's News at the Market this Week?
Oh the glory of garlic!  So many recipes just wouldn’t be the same without garlic so we are fortunate that it is being harvested now at several of our farms.  
Are you an alliophile - a garlic addict? If so then you are in good company as Penny Woodward,  a renowned gardener and author with seven published books and countless articles - especially for Organic Gardener magazine -  is a confessed alliophile – so much so that she has written a whole book on it. I was fascinated to discover that “in Australia we've probably got over 100 different cultivars of garlic that work in different climates and different places …..  and worldwide, there are probably over 1000 different cultivars of garlic."
To successfully grow garlic you have to know your cultivars and what is best for your climate.  Someone who knows heaps is Ian Willis from Sylva Lining Organics who has been growing garlic since establishing their farm in 2003.
Christmas is just a breath away or so it seems so this week some of our annual artisans and makers return as well as our CWA stall with all its Christmas goodies.

This week look out for:
  • EmuBeads  - Michele says:” making glass beads involves a conversation with the flame, the glass and the inclusions of precious and found metals. Metals oxidise between the layers of glass creating bubbles. It is the universe captured in a bead, the micro of the macro. Bead making is the journey of following my passion. 
  • Colours and Words - Chris Degenhardt artist and story writer says that over the years I’ve worked in diverse styles: pointillism, fractal abstract, stereoscopic imagery.This is reflected in my cards and prints. Most of my work depicts elements of the Tweed Valley flora and fauna.
  • CWA Stall
We have more artisans and makers coming each week in December. We hope you enjoy the variety they offer and easy shopping for that special gift.
What's GREAT at the Market this Week? 

So refreshing no wonder cucumbers are a popular summer vegie! No vegetable continues to be grown and enjoyed for more than 3000 years unless it is versatile and popular so perhaps many of us have one thing in common with Emperor Tiberius.
According to Pliny the Elder, the Emperor Tiberius had the cucumber on his table daily during summer and winter. In order to have it available for his table every day of the year, the Romans reportedly used artificial methods of growing (similar to the greenhouse system). So even our greenhouses are not so original!!
Now those of you who have been reading this weekly newsletter for a while probably know that I am attracted to quirky facts so here are a some about cucumbers: 

  • Cucumbers can actually cure bad breath. A slice pressed to the roof of your mouth for 30 seconds allows the phytochemicals to kill the problematic bacteria! I challenge you … it certainly removed the lingering orange chocolate flavour from my mouth when I tested this “fact”. 😂
  • Pureed or sliced cucumber gives an almost instant relief to sunburnt skin. Just place some against the affected area (I haven’t tried this so can’t vouch for it but it may be worth a try).
  • There can be a difference difference between the inside of a cucumber  - cooler than the actual temperature outside. This is thought to be where the phrase “cool as a cucumber” came from (that definitely didn’t work on my cucumber but I do recommend lying down and placing cucumber slices over closed eyes for cooling and refreshing tired eyes).
  • Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B vitamins and carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.
  • Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance 🤔.
  • The estimated total world production for cucumbers in 2017 was 83,753,861 metric tonnes, up 3.9% from 80,616,692 tonnes in 2016. WOW they are that popular!

 One of the most refreshing summer soups is chilled cucumber, yoghurt  and tarragon soup. It has been a favourite of mine for many years and is so very easy. Simply blitz in your blender about ½ to 1 cup of cold water or stock with chilled cucumbers plus a couple of handfuls of tarragon leaves and a cup of Greek yoghurt. Season with a pinch of salt and black pepper or to taste. You can serve immediately or return to the fridge and chill for about 3 hours.
Cucumbers and tarragon are such a classic pairing and that is why I posted a recipe on our website in October 2016 for Cucumber, fennel, apple and sumac salad. It is still there but for some unaccountable reason the photo has gone missing.🤔
Another cucumber favourite is cucumber tzazki. Like the soup above it is delicious for dipping warm crusty bread or served with Middle Eastern dishes and spicy curries. 

Stall Holder Update
BACK at the market this week are:
  • Nudgel Nuts – Ian will have macadamia nuts, oil and maca butter for just a couple more weeks before the season ends. Stock up on chocolate coated macas for Christmas and to add to Christmas hampers. 😋
 Missing this week:
  • Caribbean Sorbet – Mateo is coming alternate weeks so first and third week this month.
  • Murwillumbah Community Men’s Shed – first and third week of the month. Every week during December.
  • Sol Ghee – Jennie attends the market in week 3 each month

This week's entertainment is thanks to Leigh James.

Playing beautiful music is as natural to Leigh James as breathing…
Four Dolphin Awards to his credit, for Funk, Pop, Gospel, and Country, and highly commended in the 2011 International Songwriting Competition for his song Make Peace, Leigh has shared the stage with Shane Howard,Kate Ceberano, The Black Sorrows, Renee Geyer, Marcia Hines and Brian Cadd to name a few! With three original CDs to his name, Leigh also has a vast repertoire of covers, dinner to dance, played with taste and a style all his own, honed in restaurants, bars, cruise ships and at countless weddings all over oz. How lucky are we? 
Seasonal Update 
Our newest seasonal produce includes:
GARLIC plus Pink Lady apples, beans, corn, asparagus and  potatoes.  Sadly the heat put a premature end to the peaches and nectarines. 
Weather:    🌞
Partly cloudy (meaning sunny in between I hope 🤞) with only a very slight chance of a shower. Winds will be southerly 15 to 20 km/h tending south easterly 15 to 25 km/h during the morning. Daytime temperatures will reach the mid to high 20s.
Come along and enjoy fabulous food and beautiful music while you shop this Wednesday. 
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We continue to review on a weekly basis our set up arrangements throughout the market. Particularly in the grassed social gathering area. These facilities may or may not be available depending on the COVID-19 progress reports the evening prior to the market. We must all continue to maintain good hand hygiene.

The CFMM Inc Committee determines each week the safest option to keep you - our valued customers - safe -  and the market operating without interruption. We trust that you will appreciate our decisions and assist us in our actions. 
We continue to review on a weekly basis our set up arrangements throughout the market. Particularly in the grassed social gathering area. These facilities may or may not be available depending on the COVID-19 progress reports. We must all continue to maintain physical distancing and hand hygiene.

The CFMM Inc Committee determines each week the safest option to keep you - our valued customers - safe -  and the market operating without interruption. We trust that you will appreciate our decisions and assist us in our actions. 
COVID 19 Update
Once again I ask that you please help us to follow the current COVID-19 safety measures as required by the NSW Government. Our signs around the market are to help and remind us all. We are required to continue physical distancing throughout the market including the grassed area.  

We ask that you all shop considerately:
  •  PLEASE DO NOT HANDLE FOOD unless it is the very item that you are buying and  
 We have THREE hand washing stations with hand sanitiser + a detergent/soap option for hand washing - dispersed throughout the market. Each stall has their own hand wash for their frequent use.

Here is the site for official advice:
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