Dominic and Mareeta Torcaso travel a long way from their property in Myrtleford, Victoria, to get to the Capital Region Farmer's Markets in Canberra every Saturday. But then I would happily travel a long way to buy their beautiful fresh produce!
The Torcasos have been selling their produce at Farmer's Markets for the last three or four years. You will find them at the Hume Murray Food Bowl, Beechworth, Rutherglen and Wangaratta.
There are capsicums, chillies, beans, potatoes (Nicola, Pontiac, Dutch Cream and Kipflers), eggplant, gourmet tomatoes and other delicious goodies on their stall. And the couple always greet their lines of customers with big happy smiles!
Make sure you ask Dominic about his father's heirloom tomatoes. They taste like REAL tomatoes!
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Meet Merna Taouk, Chef and Co-Founder of Homemade Fine Foods. Homemade Fine Foods is a range of award winning, hand-made desserts where, according to the lovely Merna, the main ingredient is homeliness. Merna's says her products are 'about keeping it real - from the quality ingredients used (such as the freshest cream from Country Valley Dairy in Picton, NSW), to the process of making the desserts through to the tantalising packaged delights'.
'My main focus is on using sustainable, locally sourced produce from suppliers who share my passion and commitment to quality and provenance. It’s all about keeping the food miles low and informing our customers where the ingredients in our desserts have come from', Merna explained to me when we met recently in Sydney.
The Homemade Fine Foods range includes an award winning Dark Chocolate Mousse, Raspberry Panna Cotta, Rice Pudding, Bread & Butter Pudding, Crumble, Sticky Date Pudding and Crumble Topping. The products are available from Farmer's Markets and a range of fine food outlets.
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.