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bridge Farm rhubarb

Organic Rhubarb

Organic rhubarb from Bridge Farm and  Di’s Rhubarb, available at Melbourne’s farmers markets, has the special taste of the home grown stuff. My father in law grew rhubarb with an intense, full-bodied flavour unlike anything I have bought commercially since and I often wondered if it was the variety or something about the loamy soil…

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Grandpa's tomatoes

Grandpa’s Tomatoes – Last 2 Weeks!

Available at Gasworks Farmers Market today were these awesome Grandspa’s tomatoes, each weighing in at around 300 grams, they are still juicy and packed with flavour. They are a unique variety (they are not Adelaides, though they look a bit like Adelaides on steroids) grown at Fruits for Life farm in Bacchus Marsh. They’ll be…

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pine mushrooms-Gasworks Farmer's Market

Wild Mushrooms

Autumn, time to look out for wild mushrooms. Found these lovely slippery jacks and pine mushrooms ($6 tray or $10 for 2) at Wild Things at the Gasworks Farmers Market, Albert Park today.  You can also find them at this time of year at shed I (organics) at the Queen Victoria Market. If you fancy…

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chestnuts

Chestnuts and Quince

There are some beautiful chestnuts appearing now at markets, like these shiny, large ones at the Preston Market. Large ones make the peeling a little easier, although it is still a fiddly business. Quince are also making their autumn appearance, so grab some – they look fabulous in a bowl on your table (you can…

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kohlrabi and bunch onion

Kohlrabi and Bunch Onions

Kohlrabi is another great tasting root vegetable appearing in markets around Melbourne now. It is related to the brassica family and comes in two varieties, purple, as pictured, or a pale green. Use kohlrabi raw, finely julienned  for a fabulous winter salad. Large and small, white and purple bunch onions are worth seeking out at…

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