Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Fresh and All Locally Grown

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Fresh and All Locally Grown

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Byline: Belinda Scott

GROWERS, bakers, makers and processors are among the stallholders who turn up to the Coffs Coast Growers' Market every Thursday.

Held in Coffs Harbour's City Square, the weekly market attracts shoppers keen to snare the freshest of produce from local farmers or simply grab something quick for lunch or afternoon tea.

Bananas, tomatoes, fish, meat, eggs, garlic and seasonal fruit and vegetables are market staples.

Shoppers can support local processors and hunt for seasonal bargains.

If you are looking for a shopping experience far removed from the impersonal supermarket aisles and full of surprises, this is it.

The person handing you your change is likely to be the person who grew the tomatoes, baked the bread or made the cake you are buying.

Local farmers are knowledgable about the vegetables and fruit they grow, so this is also the place to get answers to your questions such as: What do snake beans taste like? Which potatoes are best for potato salad? What do I do with okra? How do I cook cooking bananas?

If you are hunting for gluten-free food, freshly-roasted coffee, heritage vegetables, organically grown produce, locally made soap or perfumed roses, take a trip to the Growers' Market.

You can buy bunches of perfumed roses from Roses Naturally from Newee Creek or Benefield's Farm from Halfway Creek, whose grower Matthew Benefield can also sell you the rose bush to plant in your own garden.

This week Korora Basin mango growers Les and Judy Betland are selling their freshly picked mangoes. One of very few mango growers in NSW, they have nursed their Bowen mangoes through a very wet flowering period to give local shoppers the chance to enjoy sweet autumn mangoes.

At David's Fine Coffees, coffee expert David Bullock is selling fresh-roasted coffee beans grown in Northern NSW as well as in other famous coffee growing areas around the world. …

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