hello, farmy friends!
Sun, warmth, birdsong… give us more of it! We hope you’ve been soaking up some vitamin D this week, swinging the windows open and frolicking with the flowers. There’s more producers returning with the seasons, like Tasmanian Kitchen Pantry and their sweet and savoury condiments, as well as some new produce appearing, like asian shallots from Xai’s Fresh Vegetables and wild asparagus from Sirocco South’s foraging forays.
“Nothing is so beautiful as Spring –
When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;”
– Spring – Gerard Manley Hopkins
One person’s weeds is another’s dinner, and there’s dinner popping up everywhere at the moment! Sirocco South is back this week, and Mic’s been foraging. As well as finding buckshorn plantain, wild kale and three cornered leeks for some of his dishes (like the very popular ‘brodo’), he’s got the first of the season’s wild asparagus for this Sunday, as well as fresh endive (from the garden). There’ll be the usual lasagne, cannelloni, butter soft beef cheeks, pork and cabbage rolls, mushroom pate, gnocchi and pastas, too.
Sheffield Berry Gardens return this Sunday, with bulk frozen berries and their fabulous jam. They’ll just be selling the frozen berries until it’s warm enough (hurrah!) for fresh ones.
Lauriston Grove have a lovely range of new award winning olive oil vintages out to try. The Hardy’s Mammoth is a robust, fruity, almost tropical flavoured oil (and is an Australian Olive Award champion) while the new Correggiola is more grassy and peppery. Their cured and marinated olives are not to missed, and Marco and Vikki have their chemical-free, home grown silverbeet at the moment, too.
Fiona from Baker and Co is busy every week creating more and more delicious cakes, tarts, cookies, jams, dessert jars and muffins for you, and her quiches are no exception! Antipasto, quiche Lorraine, asparagus + brie… yes please! Available in family or individual sizes.
Welcome to Farmy, our newest producer: Little Gin Co! The brains behind the bottles and “lovers of all things gin” are Courtney, Emma and Robbie.
The business came together after Courtney and Emma decided they couldn’t find a ready to drink Gin and Tonic on the market that met their needs; fresh, flavoursome, natural and most importantly TASMANIAN. “So we set out to create just this, we believe we’ve done a pretty damn good job in creating the perfect summer beverage for a Tassie arvo. We plan to grow our range to include other exciting flavours, especially leading into the summer months and we’re really excited to finally launch this product after many many months of delays due to the dreaded RONA…”
There’s a plethora of experience in the spirits industry between them all (including running Ginuary Hobart!) and a love for everything the Tasmanian spirits industry stands for: “camaraderie, innovation and a hard work ethic”. You might even recognise Courtney’s face from her time behind the Lady Hester donut stand!
What a fine old Sunday we’re in for: 23 degrees, partly cloudy and full of fine food and drink.