We’ve always kept a garden at home for ourselves – in fact we moved from Essendon to Keilor in order to have more space for chickens and a larger garden. We started growing things that we missed from Italy when we first came to Australia, but now we like to try growing everything, to see whether it will produce for us. Growing food is natural for us; our families in Italy did it and we can really taste the difference between the food we grow and what you can buy.
|Owners||Tony & Lena Siciliano|
|Telephone||03 9337 5471|
|Produce||Wine, olive oil, olives January – December Vegetables & fruit seasonally|
|Awards||At the 2011 Eltham Wine Show, our shiraz won gold, our cabernet sauvignon won silver and our merlot won bronze; our olive oil won 1 gold and 2 silver medals from the Royal Agricultural Society of Tasmania; a gold in the 2008 Sydney Royal Fine Food Show, the Roberts Limited Trophy and a gold medal in the 2008 Royal Agricultural Society of Tasmania awards. In the 2011 Tasmanian Awards, our oil was awarded one gold, two silvers and a champion medal.|
|Other markets||Gasworks; Collingwood Childrens’ Farm|
In the 90s our son Angelo did a wine-making course and that’s when we became more serious about what we grow. Also, our land holding expanded to include the neighbouring property. In addition to several grape and olive varieties, we have a vast range of fresh produce from tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, eggplant, chillies and capsicums to herbs, nuts, figs, quinces, stonefruit and more. We bring to markets our oil, olives, wine and any excess produce from our garden.
Our land in Keilor is in a valley and although it is surrounded by other houses, things grow well there and we care for the soil. We have bees as well, which help with pollination and we return waste from our oil production to the soil.
The farmers’ market is like a family for us, we love seeing the other stallholders and our customers. Its fantastic!