The very best way to sample the best of the best is to get-in-quick for your own newly released tickets to the inaugural ‘3 Farmers and a Chef’ food event taking place on November 11 amongst the aging barrels of Crittenden Estate's private barrel room. Three of the region's best farmers have joined forces with the award-winning Chef Michael Cole from Flinders Hotel, to take you on a tantalising food and wine journey across a degustation lunch. The beautiful Mornington Peninsula region has recently taken out the title of ‘Australia’s most delicious region’, so if you can’t wait for the event to get your fresh produce fix, then now’s the time to stock up on the abundance of deliciousness that this season has to offer; potatoes, asparagus, leafy greens, beetroot, broccoli, brussel sprouts, carrots, fennel and leeks. Remember that these are seasonal businesses so make sure you phone ahead to confirm opening times! Here are some of our favourite places to get fresh local Spring produce:
Benton Rise Farm is a place where families can bring the kids out for the day, feed the animals and walk around the veggie patch. This little piece of paradise has been meticulously created from overgrown paddocks into a glorious unique farm gate experience. The centrepiece is the 100-year-old ‘Red Rattler’ train carriage that is used as the shop front for their own produce as well as produce from other local growers. All produce is picked fresh on the Friday in preparation for the bussy weekend (open on Saturday and Sunday only) . Check out the new season artichoke and asparagus.
The Hawkes Family have been farming vegetables for 6 generations, and the Hawkes Farm Gate store has evolved from a few bags of spuds in a shed with an honesty box, to a staffed shop selling Hawkes potatoes alongside a great variety of other fresh vegetables from local growers. The farm also has small vegetable patch for the kids to scratch around in, with a beautiful old Farmall tractor – great for photos of your trip to the farm!
Torello Farm in Dromana grow all sorts of produce including heirloom vegetables, specialty potatoes and tree ripened fruit which they harvest daily and sell from their farm gate shop, along with beef and lamb they raise at their property in Tuerong. The Farm gate shop is filled with goods sourced from nearby farms alongside homemade pickles and preserves (like beetroot relish, bread and butter pickles and preserved lemons), as well as a tasty variety of take home meals. Think lasagnes, Thai curries, meatballs and dumplings.
Kings Market Garden is run by fourth generation market gardeners. Young families are welcome to visit and, while the grown-ups shop, the kids can feed the chickens – they provide bread for this! They have over 40 different lines of veggies and with specialties such as heirloom carrots, beetroots, and radishes which are a bit different from the average veg! You'll also find organic dairy products and on tap Kombucha.
And to ward off the spring colds and fevers, visit Pure Peninsula Honey for all pure raw honey products or gifts visit the farm shop you can even book a free family farm talk and walk through a mock apiary. Now that’s an interesting adventure.
Red Hill Cellar and Pantry offers a great international and local deli selection, plus local wines and brews. In fact they have literally hundreds of Mornington Peninsula produce items; fresh seasonal produce, cheese, salami, wine, beer, cider, spirits, provisions and extra virgin olive oil on tap.
Or pop into Tully’s Corner Produce Store for market fresh fruit and veg, a continental deli, buy some beautiful meat from the gourmet butcher and while you are there grab some fresh flowers to brighten your day, also stop and have a ‘Hydrate it’ juice or a ‘pick me up tonic’ from the juice bar.
To complement your fresh fruit and vegetable haul, be sure to visit Peninsula Fresh Seafood for all your fresh seafood including a range of locally caught whole fish together with other shellfish such as oysters, prawns and scallops; artisan cheese maker Main Ridge Dairy for a beautiful range of farmhouse cheeses (and cute baby goats); grab some freshly roasted coffee beans from Boneo Road Roasters at Blue Mini Café in Rosebud; and for something more hearty Hillock Downs Produce Store is a must for hormone and antibiotic free beef and chemical free veggie's, all grown on the property. Wholesome, healthy meals coming up ….yes, please!
The Mornington Peninsula is sure to provide all the freshest ingredients for your delicious spring inspired meal!
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