This year is the 11th Greengrocer of the Year Awards and I'm delighted that Tom's SuperFruits at the Belconnen Markets in Canberra, is one of the finalists. I asked Sue Dodd, my friend and long time colleague from Sydney Markets Limited, to explain the awards:
Meet Mark Gleeson, owner of Providore at Adelaide Central Market. You can't miss his stall, it's number 66, the one with the Belgian chocolate fountain and giant rocky road and sized Belgian chocolate crackles!
Indulge in fresh gateaux, and hand made sponge cakes, pies, tarts, pastries, quiches, pates, pasta, chocloates and confectionery.
The retired chef and home cook also runs the highly popular Central Market Tours that give food enthusiasts from around the world a taste of the markets.
Gleeson takes a keen interest in the management of Adelaide Central Market, working with the Adelaide Central Market Authority, ensure a good diversity of stall holders.
'Adelaide Central Market is the hub of South Australia,' he says. 'Our stall holders love food and love to build good relationships with customers. Some families have been here for generations and we want to keep that community heart going.'
Mark is on Twitter @foodtoursSA.
Ian Wright from Inglebrae Homestead Meats knows his meat and livestock, that's for sure. He ought to, he's a farmer and a retired butcher with a lifetime of experience behind him. Ian says the best thing is that he knows all the people in the business and talks with them at the sheep and livestock sales.
Ian and his wife, Leslie, are among the gentler kind of folk that you meet at the Capital Region Farmer's Market on a Saturday morning. Their farm, Inglebrae Homestead, is at Wattamondara near Cowra in New South Wales. There is a farm shop, if you can't make it to the Cowra Farmer's Markets or the Canberra ones, where they've been every Saturday morning for the last four years. Ian and Maurie, "the bloke" who helps him, have 100 years experience between them, both had butcher shops in Cowra and both are now "retired". Snags are the specialty of Inglebrae Homestead Meats and the range includes gluten free and preservative free varieties. Crumbed lamb cutlets and rump steak are Ian's favourites. The Rainbow Whirl is one of our favourites for the BBQ. I would have to say that the meat we buy from Ian and Leslie is better than anything I have ever tasted! For details about the Farm Shop, telephone 02 6342 4752.
Farmers and growers, artisan producers, and wonderful providores.