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!
$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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