Saturday, June 18

A few pleasant surprises this farmgate trip

I look forward to our monthly farmgate trails - after doing this for two years it feels like we're visiting friends when we see everyone at M & A butchery at Wilberforce (a family business now passed down from the Dad to identical twin sons!) and then across to Riverview produce, another family who sell direct from the farm - you can see more about both here.

We went to the butcher first and I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw SALE signs at the front - because seriously, this meat that doesn't travel more than 200 metres (It's the only remaining Sydney butchery that has it's own abbatoir) is the best value for money out there - but yes there was a sale going on.

My monthly meat came to a whopping $130.  This included 2 whole chickens, big leg of boneless pork shoulder, 3 large pork chops (to mince) 2kg lamb forequarter chops (to mince) 3kg topside beef mince, 2 kg beef sausages, 1 rack of american style pork ribs, 1 pork belly, 2 kg yearling blade steak, 1 kg bacon.  Crazy right?

Then we got another surprise happening upon this sign:

I'm a sucker for a street vendor , especially if you're getting it direct from a farmer.  Especially if it's produce.. and even better for me, honey (I adore honey!).

And honey there was!
 Creamed honey and honey with honeycomb!  Beautiful isn't it?

$8 for the creamed honey and honey with honeycomb and $10 for a litre of regular honey - all from a family farm 10 minutes away - all whitebox honey too (delicious!).  I just couldn't refuse - and took one of each.  If you are interested - pop onto Castlereagh Road, Richmond and pass Crowleys Lane and the orange and honey bloke will be there if the weather isn't bad and it's the weekend.

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Then we went to Riverside produce to get our veges and eggs - and another surprise!  Daniel (the farmer's son who is 5) couldn't wait to show us the newest additions to his family - Goats!

Aren't they cute?  I love goats - can't explain why.. just do.

Daniel also showed us his chooks and bunnies too!

After the farm, popped by the local salvos and picked up some copper baking tins for $1 a piece too.  I love old bakeware....

Great day, and the bonus is I have all the inspirational produce to cook now!  Hooray for farmgate!
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3 lovely comments:

Katie on June 18, 2011 at 8:10 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Love it! Looks like you had a great day and you have lots of yummy ingredients!

C on June 18, 2011 at 9:57 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

That honey looks amazing! I can see why you look forward to your monthly trip. Lovely.

Little Miss Moi on June 19, 2011 at 6:56 AM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Oh how wonderful! I read something about this just before we left Sydney so we never partook, though we lived in Eastwood so it would have been quite accessible. In the Territory, we just take advantage of as much of the Barra as possible :)


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