February’s Jiggety-Jig Farmers Market is on this Saturday at the Ballarat Showgrounds. This will be Market number 9 for the Jiggety team. Over the past 9 months we have built a local farmers market that is 100% locally made and locally supported. Our Database now has 45 excellent food business listed and at any one market you can come along and meet at least 20 amazing producers and chefs.
We are holding strong and sticking with our ethos “A SUPER MARKET NOT A SUPERMARKET”. At present we have many stallholders in the wings and hope that as The Jiggety-Jig Farmers Market becomes more and more popular we will offer shoppers a larger choice of produce. Our biggest goal is not to bring the market to the people but bringing the people to the market. We have thus far found it challenging cracking into the local scene in order for our local producers to obtain their share of the local food dollars.
This weekend join us and fill your pantry with high quality nutritional sound produce. Here’s a little peek at my shopping list.
Nitrate free ham, bacon, salami and sausages from County Style Smallgoods
Tarna Valley free range pork
Jono's Brookland Farm highland beef
Jono from Brooklands Free Range Farm
Ok that’s a roast and two nights cooking on the BBQ, breakfast on the weekends and ham sandwiches for the school lunches.
Of course if I’m cooking breakfast I’ll need some of Robin Hollow’s, Granite Hill free range chook and duck eggs. Granite Hills is in Waubra and will supply not only eggs but this season herbs; oregano, rosemary, mint, thyme, sage, Italian parsley and chives. She’ll also have carrots and sweet little vine ripened cherry tomatoes. That’s got to get the home chefs creating something remarkable.
I’ll be buying sexy Yendon tomatoes, strawberries, cucumbers, eggplants and sensational basil - that’s pesto for pasta night. Tick. Thai basil for curry night Check out the recipe from Damian Jones from Cat fish Thai, his green curry with Brooklands Farm pork recipe.
To finish filling my veg crisper I’ll be heading to my favourite stall holder. The wonderful Carmen from Mt Egerton produce, although Carmen’s veg isn’t certified organic, it’s as organic as you can get. Peter her hard working husband pulls all the veg from the ground the day before the market, while Carmen washes and bunches the produce on the back veranda. I am going to have a little brag on their behalf. I still have perfectly fresh kohlrabi and green beans in my fridge from a month ago. They are sealed in my old school Tupperware and fresher than a daisy. Try getting that mileage from your dodgy supermarket fare! From Carmen’s stall I will add purple carrots, iceberg lettuce, apple cucumber, beans, kohlrabi, peas, cauliflower, cabbage, radish and zucchini. That’s salads tick. Crudity for snacks and stir-fry tick tick.
Wine is high on my list and Sarah Cuthbertson always has a couple of table reds and bubbles put aside for me. Thank god for Michael Unwin!
Sarah from Michael Unwin Wines
Coffee beans freshly ground by the lovely local roasters from Enga coffee. Enga is a sensational organic locally roasted bean. Two types available and for all the health conscious people who are on the sugar-free wagon. You will love this coffee. When brewed correctly this coffee is never bitter and a large bag should keep you going til the next local market. (Also check out Stephs amazing knitting skills.)
I’m not on the sugar-free wagon this month given I ran out of Angela Enbom’s honey, I’ll be grabbing the big bucket this month. I’ve been reading up on how to reduce sugar cravings and honey is the way to go. Ange’s honey is local and her bees are never exposed to pesticides or chemicals on her permaculture holding in Dunnstown.
Basilio Sourdough Bread
No one goes to the market and leaves without bread. Yes I’m skiting again but Ballarat has the best bread in Victoria. Giorgio Basilio’s hand crafted sourdough bread is out of this world. I only eat this bread. It is made from stoneground biodynamic flour, no sugar, no preservatives, each loaf is individually weighed, hand rolled, shaped and left to rise under the watchful eye of Giorgio himself. To bring this incredible high quality bread to our region Giorgio works every Friday from 10am to 3am. He then heads home for a kip while his bread elves label the loaves and pack them in crates. He returns with his wonderful family early every Saturday morning, delivers the bread throughout the region and brings his bread directly to us at all the local farmers markets. I often wonder how he can manage his rye (pardon the pun) smile on a Saturday morning.
So what am I going to pop on my bread? Apart from Sebastian’s ham and salami and Johns tomatoes and Ange’s honey? Yep I’m going to need sensational jam.
Mel and her Mum from the Preserver's Pot
Mel from The Preserver’s Pot will be ticking that box. In fact it’s always a thrill cruising over to check out her seasonal preserves. I’m banking on apricots, berry and summer rhubarb conserves. Mel Davies uses age old preserving techniques in her home kitchen at Smythesdale. Mel will have created something amazing with all the locally foraged elderberries and I am always the first person to call dibs on her big 2 litre homemade tomato sauce bottle. White Wings has been a thing of the past in our house for a long time now and any Mum who wants to keep their kids away from preservatives, additives and the dirty white stuff should be queuing up to get their hands on this kid friendly tommy K .
Harmony Garlic is on the list and I will be buying up big time as Brian and Helen have so many amazing varieties of locally grown garlic, they not only have fresh garlic but garlic salt, garlic infused olive oil, confit and smoked garlic.
Brian from Harmony Garlic
Guess what after all that I’ll still have enough money for some treats. And I won’t be distracted by all the blah blah crap that vies for my attention at the super stores. Pink Muesli is attending Jiggety-Jig for the first time. Sensational handmade muesli that is soaked in naturally sweet beetroot juice and then dried. My kids love this and it is the number one breakfast at our place. The milk turns bright pink as soon as you pour it in and I’m sure the kids think they are eating magical fairy milk. A large bag lasts us a good three weeks and I know my kids have headed off with a great start to the day.
Marie from Poppie Kitchen
More treats to be had for the puppy dogs in your family. Poppy’s kitchen homemade organic dog treats are available by the pail load and from the response of local pooches these treat must be pretty damn good. Marie is a wonderful addition to Jiggety and loves to share stories of her puppy and listens to the adventures of all our customers. In March we are planning to hold our first Pet Show. Doggies and pampered pups can vie for the Jiggety trophy and perhaps win a bucket of Poppies treats.
Melanie & Jeff from Esther's Eats
Our hungry guests can look forward to the amazing American classics like the Piggy Wiggy hoagies Texas BLT and the pulled chicken with blue cheese dressing and slaw. Not to forget the garbage cookies and best pickles in town, made by my favourite food van Esther’s Eats. Coffee and sweet treats this month by Sweet Cake Love, served from the retro classic caravan Frankie. Dutch crepes by Kevin the pancake man who also makes one hell of a snow cone. And rest your feet while you dine in my new look outdoor food court, yep bunting, flowers for sale, colouring in for the kids, hula hoops, bubble blowing and even a silky bantam rooster to be won.