Beatrice and Tobias Koenig grow premium organic garlic, potatoes, apples and other seasonal produce on their biodyamic farm, Ingelara, near Michelago. Eager shoppers were lining up to buy braids of garlic, garlic bulbs and garlic flower stems, which Beatrice advised are delicious baked or fried. 'You can even use the seeds from the flower head and sprinkle over food', Beatrice told me. Crates of beautiful baby apples are on show with the arrival of Autumn. I filled my market basket, the fruit is perfect size for the lunch box. Visit the Ingelara Organic Produce Stall at the Capital Region Farmer's Market each Saturday.
Lovely to see apple growers, Gary and Sue Armstrong from the Doonkuna Orchard back at the Capital Region Farmer's Market this morning.
The Armstrongs bring crisp, fresh apples from their orchard in Crookwell to the markets. Ginger Gold apples were on show at the Doonkuna stall today... an early 'dessert' variety, according to Sue. Ginger Gold are lovely stewed and served with cereal; and are great for pie making too.
Last year, Gary explained to me that he has mixed feelings about the news of the ban being lifted on the importation of New Zealand apples. "Chinese apples and pears are already being sold in Australia, but many people aren't aware," he said. 'The addition of New Zealand apples will have a big impact on the wholesale prices and also saturate the market with a lot of fruit. Supermarkets here are asking too much for [apples], sometimes up to $7.00 or more per kilo, so consumption is down. The Aussie dollar is high, so this affects our exports too'.
The new changes to the importation of apples may quite possibly hurt the Australian growers in terms of sales, but Gary also points out the issues with the threat of new diseases. Even more reason to shop for Aussie Apples.
Farmers and growers, artisan producers, and wonderful providores.