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.
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.
Jane Sherborne-Higgins and husband, Harold Higgins from Goulburn Garlic had sold out of their beautiful garlic braids by the time we arrived at the Capital Region Farmer's Market this morning.
No wonder, their biodynamic garlic is OGA certified 'in conversion' and was perfectly plump and fresh.
Jane and Harold currently grow three varieties of garlic, as well as rhubarb on their biodynamic farm just outside of Goulburn in New South Wales. You will find them at the Capital Region Farmer's Markets every Saturday morning and also at the new Concorde Farmer's Markets from February 2012.
Farmers and growers, artisan producers, and wonderful providores.