Dried pistachios available April to October, with fresh pistachios available in April. Wahrina Pistachio aims to produce high-quality nuts, retaining as much inherent goodness and flavour as possible, and with minimal impact on the environment. The pistachios are harvested in March and are sold fresh over the following month. The remainder of the harvest is then sundried and sold over the remainder of the year.
The garden sits on the banks of the Yarra River and is built on the old paddock behind the police station, where the local constabulary used to tether the police horses.
There are 24 raised vegetable plots. Communal planting areas feature raspberries, strawberries, rhubarb, olive and nectarine trees and many herbs. Citrus trees grow in wine barrels, and an ornamental vine blazes red during autumn. In the late winter, jonquils and daffodils complement the blossoms. In summer, canna lilies hide the water tank and the rose arbour is covered in blooms.
Facilities include water tanks fed by run-off from the neighbouring police station, a glasshouse with an automatic watering system, an equipment shed, a children's garden (8 little plots), a sandpit and cubby house for visiting children, and a gazebo. A three-bin compost system recycles weeds and clippings into precious compost to enrich the soil.
A food swap is held at the garden on the first Saturday of every month, 9-10am.
For sale by appointment - cellar door as part of Open Cellars of Nillumbik
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Watson's Creek Wines is a family-owned vineyard and winery in Kangaroo Ground, producing red wines from low-yielding, non-irrigated vines. The Cabernet Sauvignon and the Bordeaux blend (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec) are classic examples of the region's fruit-driven, oak-balanced fine red wines. This small winery in a bush setting is open by appointment, and annually in October at Open Cellars of Nillumbik.
The produce from this garden is freely available to any members of public who pass by.
With increasing awareness of climate change, a group of Watsonia residents decided to focus on producing some of their own food in a sustainable way. The Watsonia Library Community Garden has been producing organic food since late 2014.
The garden is based on a design influenced by Permaculture. The three main principles of Permaculture are “Care of the Earth; Care of People; and, Re-distribute Surplus”. By following these ideals, they aim to improve the fertility of our soils while growing a bountiful produce to share with the local community. The garden is a site for sharing and learning as they have regular guest speakers on topics such as seed saving, worm farming, composting and the history of significant trees in Banyule.
The garden area complements other programs offered by the library, for example a workshop on edible weeds and a demonstration from a fire twirling group!
A group of residents meets every Tuesday from 10-11am to tend the garden and to share a cup of tea. It is a social occasion allowing time to share tips on how to grow and prepare home grown produce. The foundations for an effective community garden have been completed with construction of a garden shed, worm farm, compost system, seed saving and raised garden beds. The garden is small in size but significant to those who care for it.
Watsonia Neighbourhood House gives away fruit, vegetables and bread. You simply walk in and take whatever you want. Bring your own bag.
The bread comes from Bakers Delight in St Helena. It is collected every Wednesday evening and made available on Thursday (and Friday, if there is any left). Some of the bread is also sent to Reservoir Neighbourhood House for them to give away.
The neighbourhood house is also a drop off point for Diamond Valley Food Share, a voluntary organisation which ensures that emergency food parcels are available to needy people in the municipality of Banyule. Donations of food are collected each week.
Finally, the neighbourhood house holds sustainable living and gardening workshops on the second Wednesday of each month, 7pm-9pm where someone presents on such topics as as zero waste, worm farms, keeping backyard chickens, natural soil management, responsible weed control, composting and sustainable garden design.
Apples and Sage Organic Wholefoods, Balwyn
Quintons SUPA IGA, Warrandyte
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We Feed You make nutritious, handmade meals, ordered online and delivered to your door. Plenty of flavour and texture, heaps of vegetables, and a varied seasonal menu. Made by chefs and dietitians. Choices of meat, vegetarian, vegan, low fodmap, gluten free, dairy free, etc.
Established since 1994, and specialising in supplying restaurants nationally and internationally from Singapore to London, Wedgetail wines have develop a niche in the craft wine category, where quality is imperative. The amphitheatre-shaped vineyard in Cottles Bridge produces grapes of exceptional flavours. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are what their reputation lies on. Small quantities of Shiraz and Cabernet blend are also available. The winery offers spectacular views of the dramatic landscape of Nullumbik outer frontier. On the first weekend of every month the cellar door is open for tasting and food platers are on offer. Unlike most corporate wineries, the wine maker will talk you through the various wines that are open for tasting.
Many day trippers take great delight in discovering the fresh produce and plants on offer in this nursery's roadside cart. Lemons, limes and herbs are available all year round. Seasonal produce includes pumpkins, blood oranges and grapefruit, as well as jams, fruit jellies and marmalade made from fruit from the property.
West Brunswick Community Garden and Food Forest has some old roots in Dunstan Reserve dating back to the early 1990s. The spaces were re-developed in 2011 and is now focussed on sustainable gardening, sharing, learning and growing together. The community garden space hosts a local community compost hub, 30 individual plots, a greenhouse, a meeting & shaded seating space, and a large communal gardening area.
There are 125 different trees and plants in a permaculture system. It is an educational space incorporating bushfood planting, semi-tropical planting, orchard space and a variety of other zones. It is always growing.
There are regular meetups:
• Weekly meetup: every Friday, 10am-midday.
• Monthly seed savers meetup: 1st Sunday of every month, from 10am.
• Monthly communal gardening working bee: 2nd Sunday of every month, from 10am.
• Monthly food forest working bee: 3rd Saturday of every month, from 10am.
• Monthly garden and gather: 4th Sunday of every month, 11am-3pm (Mar-Nov) and 9am-1pm (Dec-Feb).
This garden is membership-based (annual fee $10, with additional fees of $25 pa to lease plots). Membership is around 30 people.
The garden involves community members, volunteers, community groups and organisations in a diverse range of ways. It aims to create a welcoming space accessible to all members of our community that offers diverse pathways for people to:
1. Learn - create a sustainable community resource for current and future generations to enjoy.
2. Share - promote and enable social connection within the community.
3. Grow - provide a space for people to come together for a range of community building activities.
4. Heal - provide opportunities for reflection and have opportunities to improve health and wellbeing.
The garden is on land owned by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD), Whittlesea Secondary College. It consists of three types of spaces:
1. Individual and communal plots.
2. A circular reflective space which is used for connection, learning and healing.
3. A garden shed and tea room, and a small portable for administrative tasks and resources.
Italian cheeses: pecorino, parmesan, provole, mozzarella, ricotta and more
Deli Delitz, Bulleen
Ivanhoe Pasta Deli
Superfruit Organic, Ivanhoe
The Pines Deli, Doncaster East
Tunstall Deli, Doncaster East
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Also known as Marca Trinacria or Pannuzzo Cheese.
Mr and Mrs Pannuzzo started making cheese themselves in Diamond Creek when they couldn't find good quality Italian style cheese and so Wholemilk Continental Cheese was founded. With 60 years' experience the family, now in its third generation, is dedicated to producing a 100% natural product, free from artificial additives and preservatives, giving you the best quality products made from only the best ingredients, with the greatest reward being returning customers.
The garden is membership-based. Membership is a $50 one-off fee plus a yearly subscription fee depending on the size of the garden beds you have access to.
The garden is located in Yarra Bend Park in Kew - the largest area of natural bushland near the heart of Melbourne. It was started in 2017 as a collaboration between a group of residents from the neighbouring Willsmere Estate and Parks Victoria and provides a place to share a vision of growing our own food, strengthening community bonds and sharing gardening knowledge. They welcome everyone in the community to enjoy the garden, but ask that you respect the produce of individuals.
The garden’s first stage is designed to pay homage to the formal gardens of the neighbouring asylum and the site’s previous history as a kitchen garden that supplied food for the inmates and staff of the asylum. It features a central talking circle surrounded by seats that are designed to encourage conversations and community. Above-ground beds were donated by Bunnings Hawthorn in November 2018 and smaller community herb beds around the inner circle were created with recycled local materials.
Future possible developments include a second set of above-ground beds mirroring the first, a heritage fruit orchard, a garlic farm, more in-ground beds, grapevines, and communal spaces with paving, chairs & tables.