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Discovering Melbourne's Artisan Foods and Produce

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red bananas

Red Bananas

The red banana or Red Dacca is a relatively unknown banana variety for Melbourne shoppers. I was lucky enough to be introduced to red bananas by Julian, owner of  Senserrick Green Grocer and I must say it has been hard to go back to the Cavendish and Lady Finger after tasting these. Red bananas are…

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KP mangoes

Kensington Pride

Yippee, my favorite mango, Kensington Pride, has come South again. Originally hailing from the Queensland town of Bowen and sometimes called Pride of Bowen they are grown in the Northern Territory as well as Queensland and supplies are plentiful this year. Small KPs from the NT are now selling for around $3 and as we…

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pies from Pure Pie

Grand Final With Pure Pie

Footy purists who love to watch the game with a traditional pie can make a real occasional of the grand final with a Pure Pie. These locally made pies are full of meaty pieces of beef in a nice gravy and pastry case and are really worth getting in for the day. You can order…

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Bridge Farm poached rhubarb

Bridge Farm Rhubarb

One of my favorite stalls at the farmers markets I frequent is Bridge Farm. They are specialist in growing two things I really love to eat; asparagus and rhubarb. Happily they keep me supplied through the colder months with ruby red rhubarb and once spring hits I’m ready to pounce on their wonderfully fresh green…

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seedless manarins

Seedless Mandarins

At the Collingwood Children’s Farm farmers market this Saturday look for Doran Tolmi Citrus from Mildura. They will have baskets of seedless mandarins that are really juicy and with great flavour. Unlike supermarket mandas you don’t need to take two to work as insurance against a dried out dud; with these I can guarantee that…

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