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Buttermans Track
Category:
Products: Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Sangiovese
Local outlets: Online
Township/Suburb: St Andrews
Notes (in their own words):

Buttermans Track is the brand name for the wines made and sold by Queenstown Vineyards. They use a wild yeast (rather than sangioyeast), and thus have a natural fermentation. All of their wines are produced from their estate-grown fruit. They have been growing grapes for 25 years and making wine for 10 years.

Caffe Strada
Products: Gluten-free breads, cakes and pastries
Local outlets: Own shop
Bitter Sweet Cafe, Ivanhoe East
Jefferies, Croydon Hills
Leo's Fine Food & Wine, Heidelberg
Max's Burger Bar, Montmorency
Pro-Health, Eltham
The Burger Lounge, Eltham
Were Street Foodstore, Montmorency
Township/Suburb: Ivanhoe
Notes (in their own words):

Caffe Strada makes a wide range of gluten free bread, which is available from both its own shop in Ivanhoe and a variety of other outlets in nearby suburbs.

Caffe Strada is also a cafe which focuses on producing healthy, flavoursome gluten-free food. The cafe is a 100% gluten-free environment and they bake all of their products. Their homemade sausage rolls are fructose-free.

Finally, Caffe Strada provides catering, with the options including finger food, sandwiches, salads, savouries and sweets. Read their catering menus.

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

This garden is allotment-based.

The Canterbury Community Garden was created in 2006 and provides a focal point for members of the local community who are supportive of the general principles of sustainability in the growing and sharing of food. It is made up of 36 plots, ranging in size, with annual fees of $50 or $60 depending on the size of the plot. All the plots are currently allocated and there is a substantial waiting list. Plot holders generally grow vegetables or small flowers. There are also some communal areas where fruit trees are grown, along with herbs and shared items. Gardeners take full responsibility for the up keep of their plots and are also required to attend at least two working bees each year to address larger maintenance tasks.

The group is run by a committee and the garden will become part of the new Canterbury Community Hub currently under development by Boroondara Council.

Carlton Farmers’ Market
When: 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month, 8am-1pm
Local brands sold: Benny's Berries
Gourmet Pies
Powerhouse Cheese
Sugarloaf Produce
The Practical Beekeeper
Township/Suburb: Carlton North
Carome Homestead Produce Swap
Category:
When: 1st Saturday of the month, 10.30-midday
Township/Suburb: Mernda
Notes (in their own words):

Bring your excess garden produce along and swap for other wonderful produce. A great way to meet others with similar garden interests. Great meals, coffee and cakes next door at Two Beans and a Farm.

There is a community garden at the location.

Cathedral Cherries
Products: Cherries and cherry ice cream
Local outlets: Eltham Farmers' Market
Yarra Glen Racecourse Market
Township/Suburb: Taggerty (Murrindindi)
CERES Community Garden
Township/Suburb: Brunswick East
Notes (in their own words):

This garden is allotment-based, mostly individual allotments plus a shared allotment area. There are around 50 garden plots which are rented out yearly to those with limited household space for growing.

There are regular working bees and social BBQs. These provide opportunities for gardeners to mingle, share freshly grown produce, swap seeds and pitch in to help maintain the site.

Chef’s Fine Food
Products: Pies, pates, terrines, pesto, tapenade and relishes
Local outlets: Own shop - Monday to Friday, 9.30am - 5.30pm (recommend that you call first)
Eltham Gourmet Poultry
Township/Suburb: Eltham
Notes (in their own words):

Using locally-sourced, grass-fed beef and free-range chicken from the Yarra Valley, Erin and David Turnley have built a solid reputation over the last 10 years as producing some of the best family gourmet pies in the region. Their pie range includes chunky beef, chicken, scallop, roast vegetable and apple. At the local markets that they frequent, you can also sample their array of pates which includes chicken, duck, salmon and venison. Basil and coriander pesto and duck and chicken terrines are also available for sale. All ingredients are sourced locally, with grass-fed beef, and chicken, duck and venison which is free range and hormone free.

Chiron Health
Products: Laundry powder, oils, soaps, etc. Also, some teas, chutneys, etc.
Certified Organic
Local outlets: Online
Chapkoun Pharmacy, Thomastown
Clifton Hill Pharmacy, Clifton Hill
Joe's Organic Markets, Northcote
Miller Gilbert Pharmacy, Preston
Pharmacy Select, Mill Park
Sprout Health Store & Organic Grocer, Hawthorn
Takis & Kathy's Christenings & Weddings, Northcote
Top of The Town Organics, Preston
Vasili's Organics, Coburg
Township/Suburb: Seaford (Frankston)
Notes (in their own words):

Chiron Health's products include: prickly pear oil; olive and cactus gel laundry powder; olive oil soaps; shampoo; talc free powder; St Johns oil; olive oil; herbal teas; fig jams and chutneys; peach and nectarine chutney; grape molasses; and cold press honey (olive tree blossom).

Chiron Health's products are based on science, with formulas researched by Dr Natalie Alexopoulos. 99% of the ingredients are from their own certified organic farm. All the ingredients are grown without the use of chemicals or pesticides and, because their products are made in small batches, each product is made as soon as the associated herbs have been picked.

Chocolatier Australia
Category:
Products: Affordable, premium, luxury chocolate
Local outlets: Own shop
Township/Suburb: Heidelberg West
Notes (in their own words):

Chocolatier Australia make a wide range of affordable premium luxury chocolate, loose, seasonal and boxed. Their full range can be purchased from their shop in Ivanhoe but can also be found in major retail outlets across Australia, 5 star hotels, major international airlines, major sporting events and corporate hospitality venues. They also offer personalised chocolates for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries or any other social occasion.

Chocolatier Australia is one of a small group of Australian manufacturers who are licensed under the Fairtrade Labelling Organization of Australia and New Zealand. Fairtrade is an alternative model of international trade which aims to share the benefits of trade more equitably between consumers, producers and the environment. Their Fairtrade range currently comprises 2 gift boxes in milk and dark Chocolate and 2 Easter eggs in milk and dark chocolate. For more information about Fairtrade please visit www.fairtrade.com.au.

Cloud Produce Asparagus
Products: Fresh asparagus
Local outlets: Eltham Farmers' Market
Township/Suburb: Iona (Cardinia)
Notes (in their own words):

Cloud Produce Asparagus grow asparagus on the extremely fertile soils at our farm in the Koo Wee Rup area in West Gippsland. This area is synonymous with asparagus due to the Mediterranean climate and its rich dark soils. The farmer owner, James Terry, is a fourth generation producer from Northern Tasmania who grew up on a mixed cropping and livestock farm.

Coburg Farmers’ Market
When: Every Saturday, 8am-1pm
Local brands sold: Bee Rescue - Heidi Honey Hurstbridge
City Larder
Cocoa Rhapsody
Crepe Collective
Gourmet Pies
Harry Hoo
Melbourne Gourmet Mushrooms
Offaly Good Food
Rustic Sourdough Bakery
Take Me Home
The Mushroom Shed
The Practical Beekeeper
Township/Suburb: Coburg
Coburg Food Swap
Category:
When: 4th Saturday of the month, 11am-midday
Township/Suburb: Coburg
Cocoa Rhapsody
Category:
Products: Chocolate (some Certified Organic, some vegan friendly)
Certified Organic
Local outlets: Online
Apples and Sage Organic Wholefoods, Balwyn
Township/Suburb: Coburg
Notes (in their own words):

Cocoa Rhapsody sells Certified Organic chocolate, with much of the range also being vegan friendly. There are a wide range of flavours, including nectarines, strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, blackberry, walnut, kiwifruit and peach. The cocoa beans are processed to a conch time of 72 hours to produce a smooth, silky textured chocolate (conching is essentially the grinding of the cocoa beans - the longer the conch time the smoother the chocolate).

The chocolate is made using organic, fair trade, cocoa beans grown in the natural rainforest environment in the Dominican Republic, where the farmers above the market price for their beans. They also receive a 2% royalty of all chocolate sold which is contributed directly to the 'hand in hand' fund for fair trade.

Collingwood Children’s Farm Farmers’ Market
When: 2nd Saturday of the month, 8am-1pm
Local brands sold: Benny's Berries
Chef's Fine Food
City Larder
Cocoa Rhapsody
Eureka Coffee
KABUU
Offaly Good Food
Sugarloaf Produce
The Mushroom Co
Township/Suburb: Abbotsford
Collingwood Food Swap
Category:
When: 3rd Saturday of the month, 10.30-11.30am
Township/Suburb: Abbotsford
Condell Growers and Sharers Community Garden
Township/Suburb: Fitzroy
Notes (in their own words):

This garden is open to the public.

The community garden comprises 36 garden boxes. These used to be allocated to individuals but are now mainly communal, with everyone invited to sample the bounty. The garden is maintained by local residents – providing access to fresh food and encouraging sustainability.

There are monthly working bees, usually on the 2nd Saturday of every month, 10.30am-12.30pm.

There is an active composting program which aims to be reduce the food waste that goes into Yarra City's rubbish bins and to create compost for the garden. If you would like to contribute your food waste, email them to arrange a time to participate in a 15-20 minute composting tutorial which will entitle you to participate in the program.

Cooking With Koji
Products: Japanese fermented foods
Township/Suburb: Preston
Notes (in their own words):

Cooking With Koji do Japanese homestyle cooking, based on fermented foods, and mostly vegetarian and vegan. The beauty of fermentation is that it enhances the flavor of ingredients and increases their nutritional value while at the same time making them less perishable. The Japanese have traditionally made full use of the technique of harnessing micro-organisms to produce and preserve diverse foods. At the foundation of this culture is koji, (the fungus Aspergillus oryzae).

At markets, they sell miso-based products, where miso is a traditional Japanese seasoning produced by fermenting soybeans with salt and koji. They also sell ready-to-drink miso vegetable soup.

Cooking With Koji hold regular cooking workshops in Preston, and their current schedule of workshops can be found on their website. Common topics include: miso paste making; shio koji making & cooking (shio koji is a fermented seasoning made with rice koji, which is cooked rice that has been inoculated with koji); nuka zuke (nuka zuke is a fermented pickling technique using rice bran); and amazake making & cooking (amazake is a fermented energy drink).

Creeds Farm Community Garden
Township/Suburb: Epping
Notes (in their own words):

This garden is open to the public.

The garden is a communal garden where participants share both the gardening and the harvest. There are no fences, nor individual plots. The garden provides space for locals to share their knowledge and make new friends. It strives to enhance community connection in this relatively new community, and acts as a learning and demonstration centre for communal organic gardening.

A food swap is held at the garden on the last Sunday of every month, 10.30am-midday.

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

This garden is allotment-based.

There are 76 allotments (with most being 36 square metres), plus 6 raised garden beds, for a total size of 3,000 square metres. Membership is $10-20 pa, which includes an allotment, water and access to equipment (spades, forks, barrows, mowers, etc).

The garden has been in operation since the 1980s. Its purpose is to enable each person to grow things on their own individual allotment, with any excess to be shared with other allotment holders. There is a diversity of cultures/nationalities within the gardens, including heritance of; Anglo Saxons; Italians; Greek; Malaysian; Burmese; Mexican; South America; and Baltics. Members members learn from each other and try different plants, methods of cultivation and how to grow plants.

Croydon Herbal Health Crop Swap
Category:
When: 3rd Saturday of the month, 9.30am-midday
Township/Suburb: Croydon
Curry Favour
Products: Fresh Thai curry pastes
Local outlets: Online
Township/Suburb: Hawthorn
Notes (in their own words):

Curry Favour makes fresh, Thai curry pastes that are versatile, flavoursome and easy to use for the busy home cook. The pastes are free of both artificial and natural preservatives such as vinegar, sugar, oil and high amounts of salt. They include red, yellow (mildest) and green (hottest) curry pastes.

Darebin Information, Volunteer & Resource Service
Products: Fruit trees and veggie seedlings
Local outlets: Online
Township/Suburb: Preston
Notes (in their own words):

Darebin Information Volunteer Resource Service (DIVRS) is a non-profit organisation that offers a variety of resources which aim to protect and support vulnerable members of the Darebin Community. Its Urban Food Program is the practical application of goals in home food growing, community gardening, urban food production and integrated approaches to planning urban food programs.

One of DIVRS' initiatives is the growing and selling of trees and seedlings by volunteers. By purchasing and planting these products, you are supporting DIVRS' activities to protect and preserve the urban orchard for your community and for future generations and increasing your own food security and those who you share with.

Another DIVRS' initative is The Darebin Fruit Squad, which is a group of trained volunteers who harvest excess fruit from households in Darebin. Once collected, these otherwise wasted resources are made available to members of the community who struggle to access fresh, nutritious food. Since their establishment in 2013, they have collected around 6 tonnes of fruit. Whilst some tree owners simply offer their surplus fruit, others are provided with maintenance services (fertilising, pruning, etc) in return for their surplus fruit.

Based on this experience, DFS and DIVRS are now encouraging others localities to develop similar initiatives. To assist with this, they have published a booklet entitled Harvesting the Urban Orchard, whose aim is "to provide practical information, tools and tips that you can use in establishing your own fruit-harvesting project." Click here to view or download the booklet.

Diamond Blue Catering
Category:
Products: Full service catering
Township/Suburb: Mount Evelyn
Notes (in their own words):

Diamond Blue Catering are a catering service which operates throughout Melbourne. Their catering options range from gourmet finger foods to spit roasts and gourmet BBQs, with many more in between. Their services include event catering, dinner party catering, finger food catering, party function catering and wedding catering The owner, Todd Graham, established the company in 2006, having previously worked as a chef.

Diamond Creek, Planter Boxes in Chute Street
Township/Suburb: Diamond Creek
Notes (in their own words):

The produce from these planter boxes is freely available to any members of public who pass by.

There are 7 planter boxes in Chute Street (5 on the north side of the road and 2 on the south side) plus a further 2 around the corner in Inglis Street. Each of these is a wicking bed. They were established in 2014.

Diamond Valley FoodShare
Category:
Township/Suburb: Greensborough
Notes (in their own words):

Every Monday to Friday between 1pm and 3pm, Diamond Valley FoodShare provides free food to Banyule residents in need of emergency assistance. Around 50,000 meals are given out each year, and around 400 individuals receive meals in any given month.

People are referred to the FoodShare after visiting either Diamond Valley Community Information Centre in Greensborough Plaza or Banyule Support & Information Centre (BANSIC) at The Mall, Heidelberg West. Recipients receive parcels containing enough food for three to four day periods. The food parcels can be accessed twice each month.

Most of the food comes from the two major Melbourne-wide food relief organisations, namely Foodbank and SecondBite. FoodShare’s volunteers visit Foodbank every fortnight and pick up around 200Kg of fruit and veggies plus some pastries and refrigerated goods. They visit SecondBite every week and pick up around 80Kg of fruit and veggies.

They also collect donations from a variety of local sources with the collection points including five local Woolworths supermarkets, Foodworks Ivanhoe and Diamond Village and Diamond Creek IGA supermarkets. Spoilable foods are collected in a refrigerated van which was purchased with the aid of a cash donation from Watsonia RSL.

Read an interview from April 2018.

Doncaster Community Gardens
Township/Suburb: Doncaster
Notes (in their own words):

This garden is allotment-based. It is currently full and with a waiting list.

Access to the gardens is via a rough private road which runs downwards through the car park between the Kevin Heinze GROW Centre and its commercial nursery.

Doncaster Community Gardens occupies a large tract of Ausnet Services land near power lines at the back of the Kevin Heinze GROW Centre. The land is leased by Manningham Council and it’s huge, comprising 2½ acres of land divided into many rows of connected plots. There are around 140 plots in total, most of which are 10 metres by 4 metres.

Each gardener pays annually per plot, they have access to town water, wheelbarrows, hoses and lawn mowers. It is the plot owner’s responsibility to keep the paths that border their plot maintained and failure to do so can result in the loss of the plot.

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

This garden is open to the public.

Set amongst the high rise of Doncaster Hill, this garden is an 'open backyard' where volunteers learn, play and appreciate growing local food. The emphasis is on collective fun, enjoying the space and coming together as a local community. Participants are rewarded with seed collections, skills workshops and food programs. There are no private plots. Most of the food grown is donated to local food banks and charities.

Regular working bees and skill development programs are run by Felicity Gordon. Join the Facebook group for dates and times.

Doreen Egg Farm
Category:
Products: Free range eggs and Hyline Brown chickens
Local outlets: Own shop - Monday, 9am - 4pm; Thursday, 9am - 3pm; Saturday, 10am - 1pm
Local Fine Foods, Diamond Creek
Local brands sold: Maya 'Xala Honey
Township/Suburb: Doreen
Notes (in their own words):

Doreen Egg Farm sell a range of free range and farm fresh eggs to the local community from their shop premises in Doreen. Eggs are available in packs of 12 or 25.

Live Hyline Brown chickens are available for sale for locals who would like to set up a chicken coop.

Doron Talmi Sweet-eez
Products: Mandarins and oranges
Township/Suburb: Colignan (Mildura)
Notes (in their own words):

Doron Talmi Sweet-eez is a 50 acre citrus farm which grows mandarins (including satsuma & imperial) and oranges (including blood, yellow, sweet-eez & summer gold). All products are sold at the farmers' markets around Melbourne from April to October.

Dreaming Goat Dairy
Products: Goat cheeses
Local outlets: Eltham Farmers' Market
Township/Suburb: Monegeetta (Macedon Ranges)
Notes (in their own words):

Dreaming Goat Dairy are a small scale dairy goat farm (24 goats) who make halloumi, chevre, marinated fetta, pressed chevre, yoghurt and labne. The goats are rotated to fresh pasture every week. The baby goats are kept with their mothers, with the males subsequently sent to a 600 acre free range meat farm.

Dynamic Vegies
Certified Organic
Local brands sold: A Local Baker St Andrews
Seasonal, certified organic produce
Township/Suburb: Eltham
Notes (in their own words):

Certified Organic and Biodynamic fresh produce. Seasonal local organic produce such as Research raspberries, Wandin Valley blueberries, Coldstream lemons, Panton Hill garlic and Healesville free range eggs. Groceries, coffees and much more.

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

This garden is mostly allotment-based.

What: This garden is made up of 30 individual plots of varying sizes available to rent for an annual fee. The garden is conveniently located near the East Reservoir Senior Citizens Centre as well as the Reservoir Neighbourhood House (which has facilities to hold cooking demonstrations and workshops). Market days, food swaps, festivals and other celebrations are also regularly held at the garden.

Who: This is an access friendly and culturally diverse community garden. Everyone is welcome to become a member of the garden in some way. You can rent a plot to plant and grow your own food. Become a member of the garden committee to contribute to the running of the community garden. Or you can become a friend of the garden and meet with other gardeners and members to learn about gardening, swap tips and stories and help others learn.

There is a garden get together every Saturday from 10am to midday.

Eastaway Food Products
Products: Jams, chutneys, cordials and jam drop biscuits
Township/Suburb: Macleod
Notes (in their own words):

Eastaway Food Products make small batch jams, chutneys, cordials and jam drop biscuits. At markets, they also serve fresh sodas (made with the cordials) and sell gift boxes. They choose playful flavour combinations such as saffron & strawberry cordial and plum & rosemary jam.

Easthill Estate
Products: Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rose, Sparkling Chardonnay, Sparkling Cabernet
Local outlets: Cellar door - 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month, 11am-4pm
Township/Suburb: Kangaroo Ground
Notes (in their own words):

Easthill Estate is a boutique cellar door in Kangaroo Ground that provides a unique rustic experience. Exquisite wines and a warm homely atmosphere provide a cellar door experience to remember. They have 'platters by preference' available to enhance your wine experience by selecting cheeses, crackers, dips and deli meats to create your own platter. In winter, they have a comforting wood fire inside their cellar door and, in the warmer months, tables and chairs in their grassed area overlooking the vineyard.

The vineyard has been planted in dark rich volcanic soil which nurtures and helps create exceptional wines.

Eastland Multicultural Community Garden
Township/Suburb: Ringwood
Notes (in their own words):

This garden is membership-based.

The garden provides a safe and welcoming space for people from different cultural backgrounds living or working in Ringwood and surrounds to come together to plant and grow edible crops, participate in other gardening activities, socialise with others and enjoy a communal garden space. There are currently 34 garden plots, some of which are available for rent.

The garden is managed by a management committee comprising office bearers from multicultural backgrounds, as well as representatives from the Migrant Information Centre, Eastern Melbourne.

Membership is $5 for one person, or $10 for a family. Plot fees are currently $25 per plot. Families with over 3 members can apply for two plots, otherwise one plot. Plots eligibility is limited to Health Care Card holders, who are unable to garden at home, and who live within a radius of 5 kilometres of Ringwood.

Edible Hub, Hurstbridge
Township/Suburb: Hurstbridge
Notes (in their own words):

This garden is open to the public.

There are six wicking garden beds plus a compost station with three large bins. There are plans to expand the garden to include some fruit trees.

The garden had previously fallen into disuse but since April 2019 has been under the care of small group of volunteers whose aim is to provide a space for locals to connect and learn through the process of growing food, as well as sharing the resulting harvest with the community.

The produce from the beds is free for everyone to harvest, promoting the concepts of a sharing economy, and the use of communal land for the production of fresh, local food.

The beds are managed according to organic principles and where possible utilise recycled or re-purposed materials. The compost program aims to capture organic waste from the adjacent Community Hub and from local community and business, keeping waste out of landfill and providing compost to sustain the garden.

Volunteers generally meet on the fourth Thursday of the month at 9.30am to plan or carry out work in the garden. Anyone is welcome to attend and no ongoing commitment to the garden is required.

Eltham Community Craft and Produce Market
When: 3rd Sunday of the month, 8.30am-12.30pm
Local brands sold: A Lot of Good Stuff
Chef's Fine Food
Kinglake Vegetables
Koala Honey
Noggerath Proteas
Paleta Artisan Popsicles
Rustic Sourdough Bakery
Salt N Caramel
Spice Fusion
Steffen's Fine Foods
Sweets & Treats By Michael
Township/Suburb: Eltham
Eltham Deli
Category: ,
Local brands sold: Blue Pear Pantry
Township/Suburb: Eltham
Notes (in their own words):

A comprehensive range of meats, cheeses, organic and gluten-free products. Also, platters, heat 'n' serve meals and made-to-order hampers.

Eltham Farmers’ Market
When: Every Sunday, 9am-midday
Local brands sold: A Local Baker St Andrews
Alberto's Delicacies
Apted's Orchards
Arthurs Creek Garlic
Australian Harvest / Bio Grape
Bee Rescue - Heidi Honey Hurstbridge
Belleview Farm
Blue Pear Pantry
Chef's Fine Food
Gourmet Pies
Imbue Distillery
Just Picked
KABUU
Kanelle
Kinglake West Blueberries
Kings of Kangaroo Ground
Lockton Farm Gourmet Sausages
Melbourne Gourmet Mushrooms
Old Evropa
Panton Hill Estate Olives
Powerhouse Cheese
Rustic Sourdough Bakery
Selba Farm
Si Mangia
Spirli Strawberries
Sugarloaf Produce
Sweets & Treats By Michael
The Cake Stall
The Farmers Yo Yo
The Mrs & Co
The Mushroom Co
The Mushroom Shed
Top Hundred Acres
Yarra Coffee
Township/Suburb: Eltham