Stallholder

We’ve been on our farm in Werribee South since 1953. This farm – its our living, and the living for our four kids.We farm about 40-45 We grow lots of Mediterranean vegetables: broccoli, artichokes, kale, tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, cauliflowers, chillies, lettuce, silverbeet, pumpkins … a bit of everything. We also grow some Sicilian things like sinipa, cardoons. Rita makes preserves and crumbed artichokes too.

Owner Tony & Rita Faranda
Telephone 9742 1730
Certification VFMA Accreditation
Other markets  Flemington, Veg Out (St Kilda), Collingwood Children’s Farm

 

The farmers’ markets really help us. When we sell to the wholesale market, its the middle man that makes the money.

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We began the Bundarra Farm in 2009, with pig production kicking off in 2011. We now produce fresh free range pork cuts (nose-to-tail); nitrate free smoked and fresh small goods including ham, bacon and air-dried European salumi; as well as French charcuterie.

Lauren is a 6th generation farmer and committed to true free range practices. Our farm is based on ethical, low stress animal management. Pigs are given the space and environment they require in a natural environment. Growing pigs this way is the backbone of our business. It ensures the highest quality meat and is the only way we foresee a future for sustainable animal consumption.

Owner Lauren and Lachlan Mathers
Website www.bundarraberkshires.com.au
Telephone 03 5453 2392
Certification VFMA Accreditation, bio-dynamic (in conversion),
Other markets  Castlemaine, Swan Hill, Fairfield and Koondrook
Awards Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards 2012 Champion Pork Product, Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards 2014 Gold Medal for Little Smoked Ham and Silver Medal for Smoked Bacon, Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards 2015 Silver Medal for Lonza. Delicious. Produce Awards Finalist 2012, 2014, 2015. Named in top 5 of 2015 Top 30 Australian Producers. (Fairfax accolade)
Links The Backroads TrailThe Junction Moama Top 30 Australian ProducersProducers: A Curly Tale with Bundarra Berkshires

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Gourmet Traveller

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We are located in a dry, temperate to Mediterranean climate on the Murray River. We have very hot summers and very cold winters with severe frosts. Our farm is mostly dryland farming so we manage our on-ground feed according to the seasons. In summer we usually have no green pasture unless there are freak summer rains. Our pigs are a true example of the effect of terroir. We think the sweetness of the meat  is influenced by their meat-free diets and exposure to heavy clay loam soils high in natural minerals. We do not overstock our paddocks and manage our growth according to demand and the environment.

The farmers markets are the best platform for consumers to connect with farmers they can trust, who take extra care with their animals and produce to ensure ethical food choices can be made. It is also a direct way to support farming families like ours, by produce receiving the price that it is truly valued at.

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In 1986 we bought our farm & moved a revegetation nursery with us to set up a demonstration tree farm to encourage farmers to grow trees on farms. We also sold all sorts of fruit bearing plants. From the powerhouse of the nursery, we established 20 acres of mixed fruit & nut orchards, along with extensive tree belts & woodlots.

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We grow an extensive range of certified organic herbs and vegetables, including heritage varieties.

Located at Bellellen on the eastern slopes of the Grampians, we are in an area that is traditionally a non-horticultural area. This can produce challenges so we try to grow varieties that cope well with the local conditions. Our farm is a family property – Rod was born into a conventional mixed, broad acre, farming family and adapted to certified organic horticulture in the mid nineties, continually trialling and modifying crops to suit seasonal and market conditions. (more…)

I came to farming through a friend in Bathurst, Russell. I went to stay at his place for a while and got into growing rhubarb there. I grow naturally, allowing the rhubarb to grow at its own pace, taking care to not disturb worms where possible. I even let the mustard grass grow even though snakes like to hide in it, as it attracts the bees! Eating food as close to its natural state as possible is one of the most important things you can do for yourself, that’s why I grow the way I do. (more…)