When preparing your Welcome Basket, we choose products from these local suppliers.
Locheilan Farmhouse Cheese
Sue and Bruce grew up in Melbourne and Geelong and worked there for several years living on a hobby farm in Kilmore. That convinced them to go farming full time, so they bought a small place in Katunga milking 75 cows. Four years and three children later they decided to move to a larger farm.
Locheilan was purchased in 1984, milking 123 cows. Gradually developing the pastures by laser grading the land and re-sowing with newer grass species.
Their award winning cheeses are always a favourite, especially the Bruce’s blue and Locheilan Triple Brie!
Meet and talk cheese with Sue at their farm gate and see the cheese being made. Open Wednesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm. Or visit their website for more details on where to buy their cheese.
754 Central Mundoona Road, Wunghnu 3635
(03) 5826 9581 www.locheilan.com.au
McIvor Farm Foods
The Hagan family has farmed in the Tooborac area for over 100years and the third generation Jason has returned with his wife Belinda to pursue their passion to farm naturally and ethically.
McIvor Farm Foods currently specialises in Old Breed Pork, from Berkshire pigs. The pigs are used part of a farming system to give the pigs the best quality of life but also to utilise their pig-ploughing power to farm environmentally. The great result is also the best tasting pork – which they are sure you will agree.
Jason and Belinda are fortunate to do what they love but ultimately they need support by customers. People who desire to know more about how their food is produced, want the best for the land & environment, support local and love building relationships direct with the producer.
Find out where you can buy or enjoy their product on their website.
Corner Northern Highway & Lancefield-Tooborac Road, Tooborac 3522
(03) 5433 5210 www.mcivorfarmfoods.com.au
Olive Branch Preserves
Olive Branch Preserves is representative of the heart of Victoria – wholesome ingredients, old-style goodness and eye-catching names.
The Trampy Tomato Relish and Devilish Date & Lime Pickles are now local legends. Prepared with natural and mainly locally-sourced ingredients, these traditional jams, chutneys and sauces have been enhanced for the modern taste.
How did it all begin?
Laima Paine decided that retirement was in the not-too-distant future and she found herself in Taradale following her ‘lady of the manor’ dreams. She had always made jams and chutneys for the family’s own use, as well as for school and church fêtes, and when it was suggested that she run a stall at a small food and wine festival she jumped at the chance. While it all seemed to be a bit of a lark, things began to develop very quickly.
Laima’s home kitchen wasn’t big enough to cope with demand and so it was in to a commercial kitchen in Castlemaine, which she shares with Pud For All Seasons (also a Food Fossickers Member)
Room 24 1-9 Halford Street, Castlemaine 3450
(03) 5472 4418 www.olivebranch.com.au
Nestled between two lakes in Boort, central Victoria, is Salute Oliva, a family-owned olive grove. It is where Marlies and Peter Eicher produce first class extra virgin olive oil and a variety of award-winning table olives. The trees on the grove are grown organically and the olive pickling and pressing process is all natural.
The Eichers pay a great amount of attention to their olives and olive oils, ensuring uncompromising standards are adhered to and the products are of the highest quality. The grove is run sustainably, with a zero waste policy. Nothing is wasted here – processing waste is used as organic mulch and any oil that doesn’t make the extra virgin cut is turned into soap.
Marlies and Peter’s efforts were rewarded at the 2010 Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards – their semi-dried Kalamata and Frantoio oil were winners. Also awarded last year at the Royal Melbourne Show – Gold and Champion Trophy for their Kalamata olives and Silver Medals for their semi-dried olives, Manzanilla olives and extra virgin olive oil.
Visitors are welcome to experience the grove and gain an insight into the olive business, and learn about sustainable olive farming.
5 Templeton Drive, Boort 3537
(03) 5455 2652 www.saluteoliva.com.au
The Good Loaf Sourdough Bakery & Café
Delicious sourdough loaves that are highly nutritious, 100% additive and preservative free, come from the ovens of Bendigo’s only authentic The Good Loaf Sourdough Bakery and Cafe from Monday-Saturday.
Delectable cakes and muffins are made from scratch and the unique cafe with a funky yet soulful ambience is the perfect place for breakfast, lunch or a snack.
Local Laucke flour is used exclusively and other local ingredients are incorporated whenever possible.
Owners Laurie Whelan and Cheryl Martin are strongly committed to reduce, reuse and recycle.
404 Hargreaves Street, Bendigo 3550
(03) 5444 2171 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pepper Green Farm
Only a short walk from Lake Weeroona, and close to the Joss House, Pepper Green Farm is a tucked away community park for horticulture & environmental education as well as preserving the culture of Bendigo past. This was originally the site of the Chinese market garden with a recent discovery of a Chinese kiln dating back to 1859.
The farm is now run by Access Employment, an agency encouraging local people with disabilities into the workforce.
Healthy, Fresh and Local is the themes for Pepper Green Farm. Vegetable Bags are available to purchase and are delivered weekly to businesses around Bendigo. A range of organically grown vegetables and fruit from the farm as well as surrounding areas.
Instant Vegetable & Herb Gardens are also available. A living garden is delivered to you, all you do is water and enjoy your fresh vegetables! After 3 months return the box and the next season of vegetables will be planted for you to enjoy, the cycle continues. Next time you are thinking about giving flowers as a gift, give a living garden……
44 Thunder Street, Bendigo 3550
(03) 5441 6565
Pud For all Seasons
Traditional and contemporary puddings to enjoy all year round. Grandma’s plum pudding and other flavours such as double choc and orange and date and butterscotch pudding are also available as gluten free options.
Everything is handmade in Castlemaine using free range eggs, fresh oranges and other locally sourced ingredients wherever possible – all natural.
We also have a range of chocolate coated pud balls and treats such as rocky road, coconut rough, a white chocolate treat and a coffee crunch treat.
Room 24, 1 Halford Street, Castlemaine 3450
(03) 5470 6128 www.pudforallseasons.com.au
Ballarat Mushroom farm
0437 414 633 https://www.facebook.com/B.Mushroom.Farm
Boosey Creek Artisan Cheese
734 Grinter Road Boosey VIC 3730
P: +61 (3) 5748 4374 http://www.booseycreekcheese.com.au/
Erindale Farm Butchery
The ancient French art of creating terrine, sausage, rillettes and pâtés
Jonesy’s Dairy Fresh
49 Parkman Ave, Barham, NSW, 2732
(03) 5453 1802 http://www.jonesysdairyfresh.com/
Brewhouse Coffee Roasters
Grocery and provedore of fine foods
Soaps by Jules
Natural handmade soaps
Notts Timber Design
Timber cutting boards and salad spoons
Locally made pottery
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