• Pauline Rotsaert

Seasonal treats: a guide to winter fruits & veggies

Winter has slowly settled in Victoria, trees stripped down from their leaves, the cold breeze gently blows from the Antarctic and the whales are back.

I love how each season has its own character: it’s like seeing a friend after a long absence. Walking around the market, you can notice some changes in colours and shapes here and there. As the season pass, some newbies arrive on the stands and inspire me for new creative cooking ideas!

Over the last years, it has come to my attention, as I imagine it did to many of you, the importance of consuming products that are not only locally sourced but also seasonal. It has always been a great deal for me to create a business supporting other local businesses such as local farmers and respecting not only the people but also the environment as much as possible.

Having the opportunity to live in a rural area, surrounded by nature and quality farms of all kinds, I often receive delicious gifts from my friends: a basket of Feijoa, another of lemons, walnuts and hazelnuts for days… A never-ending source of creativity for my Gavé’s recipes! It is another among the many things I love about my work: to always be able to reinvent and surprise my customers with some new treats and a pleasure to reuse some ingredients grown with love.

Here is a little guide of my favourite veggies & fruits you might like to enhance in your winter plates. I will surely do so, and expect to find a lot of those winter goodies in the next batches to come!

The winter veggies

Broad beans, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, pumpkin, cauliflower, carrots, celery, leeks, onions, parsnips, snow peas, potatoes, silverbeet, squash, turnips.

The winter fruits

All the citrus family such as lemons, limes, mandarine grapefruit, oranges but also kiwifruit, and some types of pears, apples and quince.

If you’re curious and want to found out more about winter fruits, veggies and others nuts and grains, have a look at the website of Sustainable Table (https://sustainabletable.org.au/) where you can find a lot of useful information.

And if this reading as made you hungry and looking for some comfort in those chilly days, come say Bonjour at your local farmers market. You can also register here to our newsletter and we’ll let you on monthly bases where we will be next!

Last but not least! Our online shop is open every day; we’ll be very happy to prepare your favourite treats and deliver on Tuesdays and Thursdays on the surf coast or in Melbourne area over the weekend!


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