Michael McNamara was busy stirring a huge pot of caramelised macadamia nuts when I stopped in to say hello at the farmer's market this morning. The Bateman's Bay Nut Roasting Company is owned and operated by Michael and his brother, Mark, who (Michael says) inherited the company eleven years ago from a former girlfriend. A nutty tale, perhaps, but true and one with a happy outcome.
As you can see from Michael's wide smile, he loves what he does. "We started out with caramel peanuts and branched into caramel macadamias a few years ago," Michael tells me. "Now we roast one ton of macadamias every month!". Michael's favourite is wasabi and seaweed macadamias. Among the savouries are Kashmir chilli macadamias, garlic macadamias, roasted salted macadamias, and also salt and vinegar macadamias. The sweet range includes honey macadamias, maple toasted pecans (yum!), honey cashews, and Vienna almonds (double yum!),
You'll find the Bateman's Bay Nut Roasting Company's cafe in the arcade at Batemans Bay (closed weekends). Market stalls are at the Capital Region Farmer's Market and also at Moruya Country Market every Saturday; Old Bus Depot Markets in Canberra every Sunday; and at Berry, Kiama and Mollymook markets.
Farmers and growers, artisan producers, and wonderful providores.