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victorian walnuts

New Season Walnuts

Autumn is the time for nuts, so get them when they are at their freshest and sweetest.  Victoria produces some wonderful walnuts, mostly in the North East (King Valley Nuts; Alpine Nuts; Gapsted Walnuts ) but also around Shepparton and more recently at Bannockburn from St James Walnuts. You can buy them in nets of…

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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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