Vale Ester, who sadly passed away in July 2014.
If there is one person I've met who is absolutely passionate about her job, it's Ester Wimbourne (@DairyGoodness). Ester loves good dairy products and runs the Country Valley Dairy stall at Eveleigh Market in Sydney.
Country Valley Dairy provides customers with a boutique range of milk (both organic and non-organic), natural as well as sweet yoghurt, buttermilk, cream and other dairy goods. There is also an excellent cheese selection from Highland Organics Cheese and Small Cow Farm Cheese. Country Valley pure cream is used in the Pepe Saya products, therefore the Pepe Saya artisan products are also available at their stalls. Country Valley Dairy Products are available from Warwick Farm Farmer's Markets; Eveleigh Markets in Redfern; Marrickville Markets at Addison Road; and the Southside Farmers' Markets at Woden CIT Campus in Canberra; and the Camden Grower's Market in Camden.
John Fairley is all smiles. And so he should be. His Country Valley Lush Yoghurt has taken out the 'Champion Yoghurt' title as part of the 2012 Sydney Royal Easter Show. He also nailed Gold for his Organic Lite Milk and Silver for the rest. Well done!
The Fairleys have been dairy farmers in the Picton region of New South Wales for 170 years, John being the sixth generation and his son, Tom (who usually mans the stall at EPIC), the seventh. What makes Country Valley Dairy products so special (apart from the great taste!)? 'It's real and natural. There's no processing and whatever comes out the cows go into the milk, cream and yoghurt', John says.
Country Valley Dairy Products are available from seven markets, including Warwick Farm Farmer's Markets; Eveleigh Markets in Redfern; Marrickville Markets at Addison Road; Kings Cross Organic Food Market, Fitzroy Gardens; and the Southside Farmers' Markets at Woden CIT Campus in Canberra; and the Camden Grower's Market in Camden.
My European-born mother, a stickler for quality cultured butter, would have loved Pierre Issa and his hand-made Pepe Saya Australian cultured butter.
Talking with Pierre, I learned that he is absolutely passionate about producing great tasting Australian butter, that is full of tang and creaminess. Pierre says he 'loves playing with cream' and wanted to produce something very unique, drawing on his childhood experience of watching his grandfather 'spread butter like cheese' on his bread.
Pepe Saya cultured butter is made using quality fresh cream from a Picton farm, which is cultured with a lactic culture and allowed to ferment. This 'eats up' the sugar in the cream. After churning, the butter is strained, the buttermilk removed and the butter is washed with pure water. The butter is kneaded to further remove the buttermilk and then rolled and wrapped by hand.
Pepe Saya products (including butter, buttermilk and mascarpone) are available from various farmer's markets, such as Capital Region Farmer's Markets in Canberra, Eveleigh Farmer's Market in Redfern, Marrickville Organic Markets in Marrickville and Camden Farmer's Markets. To watch Pierre make butter and hear him explain 'the culture of butter', visit the Pepe Saya web site.
Farmers and growers, artisan producers, and wonderful providores.