A couple of weeks ago Produce Coordinators Janne and Ella took some time to visit a few special growers in the southern highlands, south of Sydney.
First stop was Thirroul to drop into the Flametree co-op. These guys have made something exciting – not to be judged by it's size. Cath has a small but delicious selection of fresh local produce, and they have a nice range of groceries. Flametree is a warm shop and very user friendly. We decided to pop back in to eye off the produce delivery arriving in the morning and to bag a few goodies for our drive home.
After a good swim we stopped in to the Kiama farmer’s market, which falls on a Wednesday afternoon from 3-6pm in the summer months.
We chatted to some small local growers, few of which were growing organic veggies or obtaining certification. Some teeny yellow tomatoes and finger eggplant found their way into our dilly bag as we began to conspire a dinner plan for our overnight stay in Kangaroo Valley.
Broger’s End is a beautiful homestead set on a few acres over the creek in Upper Kangaroo Valley. Surrounded by lush garden and edibles Sarah welcomes her visitors to pick, our night in ‘The Shed’ and with the BBQ ensured we were all set for things to do and eat as we watched the sun go down in the valley.
Sarah and ourselves hope to have some unique veggies from Upper Kangaroo Valley flowing into our Co-Op for the future.
After we drank our weights in Lemon Verbena tea, we blew the chickens a kiss goodbye and hit the road to make our morning tour at Moonacres Farm. Set in Fitzroy Falls, Moonacres is certified organic grower putting very high quality produce on our plates. These guys are employing locals and implementing honest and sustainable practices into their everyday operations.
Janne and Ella were led around the neat dense garden beds to hear about their latest crops, trials, errors and exciting plans. From our perspective, these guys have a beautiful thing going on, a bright future and hopefully plenty more produce for Alfalfa House!
Farm Manager Lynn swears by the Cooliban, whilst his son Terrence votes for the Pontiac. These fellas take their spuds seriously! We showed them a video we made featuring their very loud fresh squeaky Cavolo Nero before heading home to Sydney via Carrington Falls and the Flametree Co-Op once again.
Moonacres produce hits Alfalfa on a Wednesday and Saturday – both days coincide with our Wednesday and Sunday veggie boxes!