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Macleod Organic Community Garden
Township/Suburb: Macleod
Notes (in their own words):

This garden is membership-based.

The Macleod Organic Garden started in 2015. They were fortunate to have received some grants from Banyule City Council to assist them in establishing the garden.

The garden is communally cultivated and the food raised is distributed between those who work in the garden, Macleod College and local organisations that provide food for those in need.

The site is two disused tennis courts in the grounds of Macleod College on the Somers Avenue boundary just north of the Basketball Stadium. The project is being run by Sustainable Macleod.

Macleod Veggie Swap
When: 3rd Saturday of the month, 11am-12pm
Township/Suburb: Macleod
Magic Muesli
Products: Muesli and porridge
Local outlets: Online
Township/Suburb: Fitzroy North
Notes (in their own words):

Each ingredient in Magic Muesli's muesli and porridge is selected for the important role that it plays in maintaining a healthy body and mind. Oats and psyllium are a good source of dietary fibre. Goji berries contain antioxidants and cranberries contain vitamin C. Ground linseeds, sunflower seeds and almonds release the good fatty acids and whole linseeds aid digestion. Walnuts and chia seeds provide essential omega-3. And almonds, pumpkin seeds, buckwheat, sesame seeds and currants add goodness. The muesli is not toasted and contains no added sugar, no syrups, no juice, no added fats, and no preservatives – just raw and natural.

Mama Bakes Naturally
Products: Gingerbread men, chocolate chip cookies and sweet & savoury bites
Eastfield Organic Natural Food Market, Croydon South
Township/Suburb: Ringwood East
Notes (in their own words):

Mama Bakes Naturally makes allergy-friendly hand-made treats which are completely free from gluten, dairy, egg, nuts, refined sugar, GMOs or any artificial ingredients.

Name: Manuko
Products: Vegan chocolate treats
Certified Organic ingredients
Local outlets: Online
Bicycle Thieves Cafe, Northcote
Briki cafe, Thornbury
Dineamic Cafe, Carlton North
Dineamic Food, Camberwell
East Elevation, Brunswick East
Little Woodpecker, Blackburn North
McAdam’s Apple, Croydon
Richmond Rush Cafe
Warrandyte Stonehouse Cafe
Wild Things Food, Fitzroy North
Township/Suburb: Thornbury
Notes (in their own words):

Manuko make a range of chocolate slices and truffles, stocked in select cafes and specialty retailers around Melbourne. All products are made from Certified Organic ingredients, and are raw, gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free and vegan. Their products have a two month shelf life when stored refrigerated.

Their slices include salted caramel, turkish delight, hazelnut ganache, otway walnut ganache, peanut crunch, matcha mint, choc jaffa and choc coconut. Their truffles include original, turkish delight and mint.

Mary Monica Gin
Products: Gin
Local outlets: Online
Township/Suburb: Yarra Glen
Notes (in their own words):

Mary Monica Gin only started out business in 2020 and their first product is called 'oriental gin', which is a south east asian inspired citrus gin. They live on a regenerative citrus farm in the Yarra Valley where they grow the botanicals used to flavour their gins. Their key botanicals are picked fresh in season and distilled within 24 hours. Timing is everything. This means that, when the season's batch is sold, they do not produce any more gin until the next fruit is on the trees.

Finally, whence the name Mary Monica Gin? Mary Monica was the owner's Great, Great Grandmother, who ran a pub in Chapel Street, South Yarra, during the great depression.

Maya ‘Xala Honey
Products: Honey
Local outlets: Road Side Honey Stall at 13 Spectacular Avenue, Doreen
Local Fine Foods, Diamond Creek
Mernda Cafe Convenience
Township/Suburb: Doreen
Notes (in their own words):

Maya 'Xala Honey make pure and natural honey which they sell in 600g jars.

The owner, Nathan Stewart, is also the resident beekeeper at Rivers of Yarrambat.

"Maya'Xala" as it is an Indigenous word that means treat others and things the way you want to be treated (i.e. with respect). This sacred teaching and inter-connectedness could really help modern western ways of living.

Melbourne Gourmet Mushrooms
Products: A range of exotic mushrooms
Township/Suburb: Reservoir
Notes (in their own words):

Melbourne Gourmet Mushrooms grow and sell oyster mushrooms (pink, white and blue), shiitake and lion's mane.

Mernda Community Garden
Township/Suburb: Mernda
Notes (in their own words):

This garden is allotment-based, with some communal beds for members. Membership is around 30 adults plus children.

It is an established community garden on the historical Carome Homestead site, owned by Working Heritage. It is a relaxed space where members share, learn, grow veggies and get dirty! Garden members receive a monthly newsletter. The group tends to a small orchard, compost bays, several worm farms and their communal and private plots.

A food swap is held at the garden on the first Saturday of every month, 10.30am-midday. Working bees are also held monthly.

Mernda Seed, Sow & Grow Community Garden Group
Township/Suburb: Mernda
Notes (in their own words):

This garden is membership-based, but membership is free. It is open to the public every Wednesday, 9am-midday, and the 2nd Saturday of each month, 10.30am-midday.

The garden is an accessible learning space for community members and families interested in being actively engaged, sharing tips and knowledge about gardening, growing food from seed to harvest and sustainable living, re-using, re-purposing and recycling what they can.

Merri Corner Community Garden
Township/Suburb: Brunswick East
Notes (in their own words):

This garden is allotment based.

The Merri Corner Community Garden was conceived in 2006 by a group of passionate Brunswick East locals and opened in 2010. It has around 40 plots where plotholders grow a variety of herbs and veggies. Members are from the local area and often don't have access to much garden space at home.

All are welcome to visit. There is an open garden / working bee on the second Sunday of each month, 10am-midday.

Name: Microtown
Products: Microgreens
Local outlets: Online
Township/Suburb: Eltham
Notes (in their own words):

Microtown grow a wide range of microgreen herbs and vegetables all year round. Microgreens are young vegetable greens that are only a few centimetres tall, with an aromatic flavor, coming in a variety of colours and textures, and containing a concentrated nutrient content. All items are soil-grown using organic methods.

They sell online, where you choose which products you would like to have delivered, how often, and how many. Delivery within 10km of their base in Eltham is free.

Read an interview with Graeme and Cate Townsend.

Miramonte Farm
Products: Beef and artisan sausages
Local outlets: Eltham Farmers' Market
Township/Suburb: Euroa (Strathbogie)
Notes (in their own words):

Aka Strathbogie Ranges ?Grass-Fed Beef.

Miramonte Farm sell premium beef cuts (fillet, ribeye, porterhouse, rump) and a range of gluten-free artisan sausages and coils.

They raise Murray Grey Beef cattle, taking the utmost effort to ensure that the herd is happy, relaxed and well cared for. Their cattle are 100% pasture fed - no grains, no feedlot, no growth hormones - with weekly movements to fresh paddocks to provide new grass and reduce boredom.

Mixed Bag
Name: Mixed Bag
Products: Chai and hot chocolate blends. Also marshmallows and cookies.
Local outlets: Online
Township/Suburb: Reservoir
Notes (in their own words):

Mixed Bag make chai and hot chocolate blends, which they sell in both pre-packaged bags and, at markets, as freshly made hot drinks. Their flavours include: original chai, coconut blossom vegan chai, chocolate orange spiced chai, original hot chocolate, mint-infused hot chocolate, and chai sprinkles. They also sell marshmallows and cookies.

MKD Services
Products: Lettuce, other leafy greens and herbs
Local outlets: Eltham Farmers' Market
Township/Suburb: Diggers Rest (Hume)
Notes (in their own words):

MKD's main products are green and red oakleaf lettuce. herbs include basil, coriander, dandelion, mint, parsley, sage, sorrel and thyme. When in season, other vegetables include cabbage, endive, kale, mizuna, silverbeet and spinach.

All of MKD's vegetables and herbs are grown hydroponically, with no chemical spraying and only organic nutrients.

Montmorency Food Swap
When: 10:30-11.30am. 1st Sunday of the month (except for Jan when it is on the 2nd Sunday)
Township/Suburb: Montmorency
Notes (in their own words):

From April to September, the Monty Food Swap is held at Montmorency Primary School. From October to March, it is held at Were Street Park, near the Food Store.

In all the months except January, the swap is held on the first Sunday of the month. In January, it is held on the second Sunday.

Mooroolbark Urban Harvest
When: 2nd Saturday of the month, 10am-11.30am
Township/Suburb: Mooroolbark
Mount Prospect Farm
Products: A wide range of vegetables
Local outlets: Eltham Farmers' Market
Township/Suburb: Mount Prospect (Hepburn)
Notes (in their own words):

Mount Prospect Farm's produce includes: potatoes, garlic, beans, beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, capsicum, carrots, cauliflower, celery, kale, leeks, peas, pumpkin, rhubarb, shallots, silverbeet, swedes, sweetcorn and zucchini.

Murray River Smokehouse
Products: Smoked meats and fish plus gravlax
Local outlets: Online
Township/Suburb: Albury (NSW)
Notes (in their own words):

Murray River Smokehouse are a small family business which is focussed on producing smoked meats and fish plus gravlax. Their smoked products include trout, trout pate, ham, bacon, kransky, kangaroo, lamb, beef/pastrami, chicken, eel, quail and turkey. Their pork & turkey are free range, their lamb & beef are pasture fed, their chicken & quail are barn raised, and their eel & kangaroo are wild caught. There are no 'e' numbers in any of their products and they use no artificial smokes, flavours or fillers.

The business started smoking fish in the 1970's but started off life as a butchery in the 1930's. They have kept the original open fired smoke ovens but also have a modern smoking oven capable of cold smoking. They use only river red gum as timber for their smoke.

My Goosey Gander
Products: Granola. Some baked goods.
Certified Organic ingredients
Local outlets: Online
Earthbound Bolton, Eltham
Platform 3095, Eltham
Township/Suburb: Eltham
Notes (in their own words):

My Goosey Gander currently focuses on making granola and some baked goods. The granola is made with all certified organic ingredients, lightly toasted and slightly sweetened with maple syrup and rice malt syrup. Mixed by hand and baked in small batches. The baked goods are gluten, dairy and refined sugar free, using (where possible) locally sourced, certified organic and free range ingredients. In the future, it plans to offer other breakfast options for those with intolerances and alternative lifestyle choices (paleo etc).

Currently, the granola can be ordered online and the baked goods can be bought at Natural Food Market, Montmorency or Platform 3095, Eltham.

My Little Country Kitchen
Products: A range of catering meals and finger food
Local outlets: Wild Wombat Cafe, Hurstbridge
Yarra Valley Poultry, Eltham
Township/Suburb: Kinglake West
Notes (in their own words):

My Little Country Kitchen specialises in catering and fingerfood as well as bread, biscuits, cakes and slices. They provide fresh, delicious and beautifully presented food, all made to order. Type of catering include engagements, weddings, corporate/private functions and morning/afternoon teas.