There’s plenty of warming fare to ward off the chills on a visit to the Mullumbimby Farmers Markets this winter.

A freshly made local coffee from Bangalow Coffee or Myocum Coffee, or a hot chocolate or home-made chai from Puremelt Chocolate is always a good way to start your morning. Or for something different, try a cup of bone broth from Rae Schlederer at Byron Broth. Rae makes three varieties of slow cooked broth – Organic Chicken, Organic Beef and a vegan option, Medicinal Mushroom. While you’re there, look out for samples of Rae’s delicious and convenient take home soups.  Based on her slow-cooked broths and made with seasonal local vegetables, flavours include cream of broccoli, pumpkin and a beef pho base you can add fresh veggies and noodles to at home

At the Organic Forrest stall, you’ll find Sue Mangan’s honey, lemon, ginger and turmeric tea. Made with ingredients from Dave Forrest and Sue Mangan’s organic farm at Federal, it’s warming, soothing and anti-inflammatory. Sue and David have also just launched a new organic winter tonic known as Fire Cider, said to help ward off colds, boost energy, ease sinus congestion and aid digestion.

“We start ours with live apple cider vinegar as the base, and add other ingredients such as horseradish for decongestion, ginger for warmth, garlic for antibacterial properties, chilli to boost metabolism and immunity, pepper for anti-oxidant whole lemon for vitamin C and honey to tie everything together and make the drink more palatable,” Sue said.

“We prepare it at the beginning of Autumn and it slowly steeps and develops a depth of flavour for three months before we bottle it.”

For a hearty breakfast, the Nomadic Kitchen’s Sicilian-inspired menu is hard to beat, with winter offerings like stracciatella or potato, polenta and kale soup, omelettes, and beans braised in tomato sauce, while Mayfield’s Market Kitchen’s Eggs in Hell – eggs cooked in Italian tomato sauce with eggplant, pork sausage, olives, capers and basil and chilli by request – will leave you feeling toasty warm. Other winter warmers include the delicious Japanese style winter soups at the Doma stall, including miso soup with sweet potato and shitake mushrooms, Scratch Patisserie’s home made cheese and spinach or Hayters Hill beef or pork sausage rolls, Taiwanese-style dumplings from Radiance Kitchen, warming Indonesian style fare such as curries, mie goreng and corn fritters at the Indonesian Kitchen and Brunswick Oyster’s famous home-made creamy seafood chowder.