Alongside hand-made, organically tinted 'Warp and Weft' products from Peru, Mat Campbell is now selling his first commercial crop of organic garlic.
Mat grows three varieties of garlic (hard neck, soft neck and Russian) on a small sustainable farm at Robertson in NSW and has recently received organic certification.
I spoke with Mat at his stall at the Orange Grove Farmer's Markets in Leichhardt. He explained the background to Warp and Weft and how he and partner, Harriet, had travelled through South America and, upon returning home, were inspired to establish an ethical business practising principles of Fair Trade.
You will find Mat and his Green Heart Organic Garlic at the Orange Grove Farmer's Markets in Leichhardt on Saturdays. Closer to home, Warp and Weft will be trading at the National Folk Festival over Easter.
Dora Andonaros and her farm fresh apples
Down-to-earth is how I would best describe Dora Andonaros, who has a delightful stall at the Capital Region Farmer's Markets on Saturdays and Southside Farmer's Market on Sundays.
Dora and her husband, John, are hobby farmers who specialise in honey; selling it under the Melissa Pure Fresh Honey label. The couple were one of the first twelve who initiated the Capital Region Farmer's Market in Canberra.
'We sell a bag of this, a bucket of that,' Dora told me. 'Anything that is surplus to our needs'. Dora always greets customers with a big smile. Apples, onions, leeks, garlic, herbs (fresh and dried), honey, beeswax, figs and pretty posies are among the offerings on the stall.
There is quite a team of skilled (and happy) cooks working on the Turkish Gozleme stall at the Orange Grove Farmer's Markets in Leichhardt.
Working quickly and with fresh ingredients, we watched as the maker stretched out the dough for the flat bread and laid it down flat on the work bench. Then fresh spinach and cheese was piled on top, before the dough was folded and shaped, ready for the grill.
Delicious! The queue of people waiting to buy Gozleme proved its popularity.
Farmers and growers, artisan producers, and wonderful providores.