Thursday, 14 April 2011

Market Watch #9 Published Advertiser 13.4.11

The Adelaide Central Market has joined the City Solar Grid and is now powered by 50 per cent accredited green power. Traders divert 90 per cent of market waste from landfill each year including 700 tonnes of organic green waste for composting.

Fruit and Vegetables

Put local hybrid potatoes on the shopping list. The waxy Virginia Rose is perfect for gnocchi and the Cashmere Gold makes great mashed potatoes. Rhubarb, quinces and pears should also be on the list. Nashi, corella and Beurre Bosc varieties are the best choices. Beetroot and cauliflower prices are down. Good sized local garlic $25kg and yellow/green squash at Stall 69.

Everyone loves Pink Ladies and they are here now $5.99kg. Baby sprouts and broccoli make perfect cool weather eating. Amber jewel plums are fat and juicy $2.99kg.The best tomatoes are sometimes behind counters and you have to be in the know. Try Stephan at Stall 47

Meat and Seafood

Going 4WD camping? Camp-oven pot-roast rump $9kg and redgum-smoked ham in $10 pieces are in cryovac and perfect for the esky. Ten types of snags from $6kg at Stall GR47. Swieconka, the Polish Blessing sausage, is only available this week - Stall 75. Samtass seafood sale is well and truly on and best buy is SA Spencer Gulf green prawns slightly damaged $11.99kg

Sweets and Cheese

Le Delice des Cremiers, presented in a round timber box, is rich and decadent. The triple cream is encased in a velvety white mould $15.95 ea Smelly Cheese Shop.Fresh cream Pavlova Rolls at Providore come in three flavours. Berry and choc chip, apricot and almond and wattleseed and macadamia $28 ea.


Dough baker and chef Sally Chant makes sour dough baguettes that are the closest thing to the Champs Elysees. Her secret is in the two-year old grape-skin starter. The dough is sprinkled with semolina for that crusty texture then baked on stone at 3am each market morning. $3.50 each Stall45

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