Condiments & Makers

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Alberto’s Delicacies
Products: Pestos, pasta, gnocchi, antipasto and pasta sauces
Local outlets: Eltham Farmers' Market
Yarra Glen Racecourse Market
Township/Suburb: Preston
Notes (in their own words):

Alberto’s Delicacies use old family recipes and have been servicing small markets for around 12 years.

Alot of Good Stuff
Products: Preserves, biscuits and loaves
Local outlets: Own shop (Tuesday to Saturday).
Township/Suburb: Bulleen
Notes (in their own words):

Alot of Good Stuff’s preserves, biscuits and loaves are all made from locally-sourced produce and high quality ingredients. They are handmade in small batches to assure peak freshness and maintain quality. They include gluten-free options.

Australian Harvest / Bio Grape
Products: Certified organic horseradish vinegar, mustards, jams, chutneys, sauces and BIO-GRAPE fruit pastes
Certified Organic
Local outlets: Online
Township/Suburb: Coldstream
Notes (in their own words):

Certified Organic, award-winning, handmade gourmet foods that not only taste great but are also good for you. Horseradish vinegar, mustards, jams, chutneys, sauces and a range of four Panforte di Australia (quince, sambucca, ginger, siena). BIO-GRAPE range of delicious fruit pastes to serve with cheese, red wine, and chilli sauce. They are a family business, with only family members working in the business, who have been hand making certified organic and functional foods for over 25 years under their AUSTRALIAN HARVEST ORGANICS and BIO-GRAPE Brands.

AVS Organic Foods
Products: Vegan products: non-dairy cheese and cream, sauces, pies, black salt and pet treats
Local outlets: Online
Aunt Maggies, Carlton
Aunt Maggies, Fitzroy
Best of Health, Greensborough
Eastfield Organic Natural Food Market, Croydon South
Leo’s Fine Food & Wine, Heidelberg
Leo’s Fine Food & Wine, Kew
Local Fine Foods, Diamond Creek
Naturally On High, Thornbury
Oasis Fairfield
Quintons SUPA IGA, Warrandyte
Sculli Brothers, Greensborough
Terra Madre, Northcote
The Cruelty Free Shop, Fitzroy
Vegan mini market, Abbotsford
Wholefood Merchants, Greensborough
Wild Things Food, Fitzroy North
Township/Suburb: Watsonia North
Notes (in their own words):

AVS Organic Foods (formally A Vegan Smiles) aims to create and provide tasty foods that are free from animal cruelty.

AVS focuses on non-dairy cheeses using different techniques that include culturing, ageing and fermenting. You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy vegan cheese.

AVS is a strong advocate for animal welfare and was founded on a desire to educate non-vegans that foods can taste great (even better without animal products), coupled with the frustration of the limitation in purchasing vegan-friendly or dairy-free products when out with family and friends.

Benny’s Berries
Products: Strawberries and jams
Croydon Farmers’ Market
Colonial Fruit Company, Forest Hill
Toscano’s Kew
Township/Suburb: Mooroolbark
Notes (in their own words):

Benny’s Berries are well known for their fresh strawberries. In addition, their jams include blackberry, raspberry, strawberry, mixed berry and spiced fig with pear and walnut. These jams are cooked in small batches ensuring minimal cooking times, enhancing the fullest flavours and colours. They are made from a traditional classic family recipe using all natural ingredients sourced from the Yarra Valley. The philosophy is to keep it simple (only 3 ingredients are used) and natural, the way our grandmas use to make it.

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.

Curry Favour
Products: Fresh Thai curry pastes
Local outlets: Coburg Farmers' Market
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.

Eastaway Food Products
Products: Jams, chutneys, cordials and jam drop biscuits
Local outlets: Eltham Farmers' Market
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.

J.B. Shackleton’s
Products: Marmalade, jellies, jams and luxury condiments
Local outlets: Balgownie Estate, Yarra Glen
Bee Sustainable, Brunswick
De Bortoli Wines, Dixons Creek
East Ivanhoe Grocers – Foodworks
Foodworks Wonga Park
Metropolitan Foods, Templestowe
Oakridge Wines, Coldstream
The Post Office, Wonga Park
Township/Suburb: Wonga Park
Notes (in their own words):

J.B. Shackleton’s make traditional homemade marmalade, jellies, jams and spreads using recipes handed down through their family for more than five generations. Specific products include marmalade (orange, tangelo, cumquat, lime, lemon, grapefruit), jellies (quince), jams (raspberry, boysenberry, blackberry), various honeys and panforte. Everything is made by hand, in small batches, using natural ingredients, and with all the fruit from Australia. Because they use fresh fruits, availability depends on what is in season.

J.B. Shackleton’s have won a host of international awards, including a Double Gold medal for the best Traditional Marmalade in the 2017 World’s Original Marmalade Competition in the UK (their winning marmalade was ‘Luxury Grapefruit Marmalade with a hint of Honey’, and this same marmalade was also awarded a Gold at the 2016 Australian Fine Food Awards). Their Lime marmalade won a gold medal in 2018. Their Breakfast, Tahiti Lime and and Grapefruit marmalades had previously won gold medals in 2012, 2014 and 2015. And their Orange with Grand Marnier marmalade, Cumquat marmalade, Lemon jelly and Orange won silver medals in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

The company is one of the earliest to have made and sold marmalade in Melbourne, with the original shop being at 3 Elgin Street, Carlton in the 1880s. The business, however, began much earlier in the UK around 1780, probably making them one of the earliest ever makers of marmalade.

Juanita’s Kitchen
Products: Mexican and West African sauces. Also, selected beverages.
Local outlets: Own shop
Casa Iberica Deli, Alphington
Casa Iberica Deli, Fitzroy
Leo’s Fine Food & Wine, Heidelberg
Leo’s Fine Food & Wine, Kew
Township/Suburb: Preston
Notes (in their own words):

All of Juanita’s products are vegan, with no preservatives, dairy, gluten or sugar. They include a range of Mexican sauces & salsas, West African sauces & marinades, and beverages (chai, hibiscus tea and a smoothie mix). Her aim is to share flavours and ingredient combinations that she has discovered, stumbled accross and loved over the years, producing products that are as close to home cooking as they can be.

Juanita also operates a cafe, the menu of which is designed around, and uses, the Juanita’s Kitchen products.

Just Picked
Products: Apricots, berries, blood plums, nectarines, peaches and other fruit. Vegetables, herbs, chutneys, jams, tomato ketchup, cured fruit and spiced pears.
Local outlets: Farm gate (from December – August) – Saturdays, Sunday and public holidays
Bundoora Park Farmers’ Market
Township/Suburb: Yan Yean
Notes (in their own words):

December – August. Hans and Maria Hoffmann established this orchard and berry farm 20 years ago based on the concept that fruit, where ever possible, be grown locally, picked at its optimum stage of ripening, and be available directly to the public with minimal processing. They do not use insecticides, use organic fertilisers were possible and farm sustainably.

There is a direct outlet on site where a wide range of produce is available in season. The fruit includes apples, apricots, blackberries, blood plums, boysenberries, figs, mulberries, nectarines, peaches, pears and raspberries. The vegetables include beans, beetroot, corn, cucumbers, garlic, lettuce, onions, pumpkins, silverbeet, snowpeas, spinach, tomatoes, zucchinis and herbs. Many jams and preserves, chutneys and other delicacies are made in the commercial kitchen on the premises. Also situated on the property is a cafe where a delicious variety of smoothies, ice cream, gelaties, morning and afternoon teas with scones are available. Farm tours are available by appointment.

Kookaberry Strawberry Farm
Products: Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, figs, persimmon. Jams, syrups and vinegars. Soup, berry pies and frozen berries.
Township/Suburb: Wandin
Notes (in their own words):

Fresh strawberries available mid October to mid June, raspberries available December to June, blackberries available from late December to mid March, and boysenberries and logonberries available in season. Fresh, hot homemade soup, frozen berries and award-winning homemade jams and syrups available all year. The soup is organic, Vegan-friendly and gluten-free. Most of the berries are spray-free.

More Than A Mouthful
Products: Pasta sauces and preserves
Local outlets: Bennetts Butchers, Canterbury
La Deliziosa, Balwyn East
Leo’s Fine Food & Wine, Heidelberg
Mirabella’s of Doncaster
Pure Bread Bakery, Surrey Hills
Savouring Italy Continental Deli, North Balwyn
Signorelli Fresh, Balwyn
Township/Suburb: Surrey Hills
Notes (in their own words):

For many years since migrating from Italy in 1954, Renzo Bortot has been making his own pasta sauces for his own personal use. These were based on recipes and traditions from his homeland, subsequently refined for Australian ingredients and way of life. Today his daughter Vivien continues the tradition but has expanded it into this small business so that everyone can have access to the luscious pasta sauces. More Than a Mouthful commenced in 2004 and aims to produce the best tomato pasta sauces on the market using quality and only natural ingredients.

The pasta sauces include tomato & basil, tomato & chilli, tomato & olive, tomato & pine nuts, tomato & roasted capsicum, tomato red wine & capers, and puttanesca. Other products include egg linguine, egg tagliatelle, lime marmalade, 3 citrus marmalade, lemon butter, passionfruit butter, spicy tomato sauce, Moroccan fig mazah and preserved lemons.

Offaly Good Food
Products: Chicken liver pate. Also mushroom pate.
Certified Organic ingredients
Local outlets: Online
5th Element Wellness, Fitzroy North
Apples and Sage Organic Wholefoods, Balwyn
Belmore Meats, Hawthorn
Boccaccio SUPA IGA, Balwyn
Cannings Free Range Butcher, Ivanhoe
Cannings Free Range Butcher, Hawthorn
Cannings Free Range Butcher, Kew
Eastfield Organic Natural Food Market, Croydon South
Fitzroy Mills Market
Hagens Organic Butcher, Richmond
McCoppins Hawthorn
Moondog Craft Brewery, Abbotsford
Natural Life Plenty Valley, South Morang
Naturally On High, Thornbury
Organic Wholefoods, Brunswick
Organic Wholefoods, Fitzroy
Quintons SUPA IGA, Warrandyte
Rhubarb Rhubarb Organics, Preston
Terra Madre, Northcote
The Common Good, Hawthorn
The Fitzroy Mills Market
Wild Things Food, Fitzroy North
Yarra Valley Poultry, Eltham.
Township/Suburb: Carlton
Notes (in their own words):

Offaly Good Food’s chicken liver pate is made from Certified Organic chicken livers. All of the livers come from chickens that are already being used for meat, hence no waste. The chickens are placed on a balanced diet, in clean housing and are free to roam as they please during the day.

Organic Times
Products: Certified Organic chocolate, cookies, dairy, powders and sweeteners
Certified Organic
Farmer Joe’s Market, Eltham
Rhubarb Rhubarb Organics, Preston
Township/Suburb: Eltham
Notes (in their own words):

Considering the many artificial additives, GMOs, and other expendable food processes that we are unwittingly subjected to, Organic Times wants to provide a range of quality, fair-trade chocolate products that not only taste delicious but are made from certified organic ingredients that are both better for us and for Mother Nature too.

Their signature line is their Organic Chocolate Licorice, which goes magically with their chocolate. Complementing this magic taste is Rapadura sugar – an ingredient in their chocolate – grown and produced by Hand-in-Hand, their fair-trade partners. The special thing about Rapadura is that it is an unrefined sugar made from minimally processed organic cane sugar. This means that the molasses and all the goodness remains in the sugar, creating a rich, caramel flavour and a higher mineral and vitamin content.

As innovators of introducing organic chocolate-coated produce to the market, they use premium, organic couverture chocolate and specialise in coating organic produce such as macadamia nuts, roasted almonds, hazelnuts, coffee-beans, sultanas, ginger and licorice. Their range comes in both dark and milk chocolate.

Their chocolate is made using certified organic cacao bought through the Hand-in-Hand fair-trade system which is then processed and manufactured according to an old-established Swiss chocolate recipe. The produce they coat is also certified organic. They use fair-trade organic coffee-beans and most of their other produce is sourced from Australian organic farmers.

In addition to their chocolate-coated line, they also bake delicious, home-style organic cookies, using their organic chocolate in a variety of flavours. And if you are looking for organic ingredients, they offer butter, sugar, flour, cocoa and carob powder.

PoppySmack
Products: Asian sauces
Arthur St Deli, Fairfield
Boccaccio SUPA IGA, Balwyn
Colonial Fruit Company, Forest Hill
Farmer Joe’s Market, Eltham
Fish Pier, Eastland, Ringwood
Fish Pier, The Pines, Doncaster East
FoodWorks Research
Heathmont IGA
Jefferies, Croydon Hills
Leo’s Fine Food & Wine, Heidelberg
Leo’s Fine Food & Wine, Kew
Local Pantry Co, Preston Market
Made Locally, Ringwood North
Max & Leo’s Foodstore Cafe, Blackburn
McCoppins Clifton Hill
Northcote IGA
Paul’s SUPA IGA, Ringwood East
Quintons SUPA IGA, Warrandyte
Renaissance IGA, Hawthorn
Saltylicious Himalayan Salt, Preston Market
Township/Suburb: Warrandyte
Notes (in their own words):

PoppySmack’s products include viet dipping sauce, tangy tamarind sauce, caramelised pineapple sauce and salty sweet hoisin. These sauces are home recipes and full of yummy goodness. All their products are gluten-free and dairy-free, with no preservatives added. At the markets that they sell at, they also demonstrate how to make rice paper rolls for free tasting.

Raw 4 The People
Products: Bread alternatives and snack foods
Local outlets: Online
Apples and Sage Organic Wholefoods, Balwyn
Go Vita, Doncaster
Great Earth Health Store, Balwyn
Great Earth Health Store, Camberwell
Great Earth Health Store, Doncaster East
Great Earth Health Store, Northcote
Jefferies, Croydon Hills
Leo’s Fine Food & Wine, Heidelberg
Leo’s Fine Food & Wine, Kew
Terra Madre, Northcote
Tone & Trim Zone, Ringwood East
Wholefood Merchants, Greensborough
Township/Suburb: Bayswater North
Notes (in their own words):

Raw 4 The People make (dehydrated) bread alternatives and snack foods, catering for the health conscious, vegetarian, vegan, and people with intolerances. All products are processed under 42 degrees in temperature, gluten free, and use local sources where possible.

Particular products include:

  • Raw tomato wraps: with small amounts of psyllium husk (for added fibre), basil and olive oil (for flavour).
  • Mushroom jerky: portobello mushrooms marinated in Tamari Sauce and Bragg’s All Purpose Seasoning, then covered with sesame seeds & coriander and dehydrated.
  • Raw chia seed crackers: with goji berries, black sesame seeds and pumpkin seeds.
  • Raw sunflower seed bread: with flax meal, tomatoes, capsicums and onions.
  • Raw carrot and coconut crackers: with raw carrots, coconut flakes, and flax meal.
  • Raw banana pancakes: with banana, brazil nuts, goji berries and flax meal.
Si Mangia
Name: Si Mangia
Products: Tomato puree, pasta sauce and olives
Local outlets: Online
Township/Suburb: Reservoir
Notes (in their own words):

Si Mangia started as Mangia Mangia in 2015. After the success of their books that promote traditional Southern Italian seasonal foods, they saw a need in the market for locally-made tomato products that remained faithful to traditional cooking methods. The results so far are: passata di pomodoro (tomato puree); sugo pronto (ready made pasta sauce); olives cured and dressed according to traditional Calabrian recipes; and capsicum paste for salumi.

Smoke and Roast
Products: Smoked sea salt
Local outlets: Own shop – by appointment only
Yarra Glen Racecourse Market
Township/Suburb: Eltham
Notes (in their own words):

Smoke and Roast is a distinctly Australian flavour, that all Aussies will love. There is no gluten or MSG in Smoke and Roast; rather it is predominantly natural Australian sea salt that has been carefully blended with a range of herbs and spices. Use it instead of salt and pepper to transform an everyday meal into a gourmet feast that will tantalise your taste buds. Just added to their range are Smoke and Peri, which has all the fantastic ingredients of Smoke and Roast with a gorgeous peri peri twist (for those who love a bit more spice and heat in their cooking), and Smoke and Curry. The colour is sensational. The taste is even better. Use this in white sauce dishes, and as a secret ingredient to lift all your favourite recipes.

Steffen’s Fine Foods
Products: Chutneys, sauces, dressings, butters, jams, nougat and kasundi
Local outlets: Online
Township/Suburb: Eltham North
Notes (in their own words):

All products are gluten-free. 5 styles of kasundi and 3 types of butters (lemon, orange, passionfruit).

Take Me Home
Products: Pastas, gnocchi, pizza bases, pasta sauces and crostatas
Local outlets: Own shop
Aunt Maggies, Brunswick
Aunt Maggies, Fitzroy
Balwyn Fruit Supply
Biviano and Sons, Fairfield
Brunswick Supa IGA
Fredricks, Richmond
La Manna Fresh, Brunswick
Leo’s Fine Food & Wine, Heidelberg
Leo’s Fine Food & Wine, Kew
Monaco’s Deli, Camberwell
Renaissance IGA, Hawthorn
Signorellis Fresh Fruiterers, Balwyn North
Wild Things Food, Fitzroy North
Township/Suburb: Coburg
Notes (in their own words):

Take Me Home are a family run artisan pasta business. They make everything by hand using traditional techniques and their Italian family’s recipes. They do not use any preservatives or additives. They grow as many of their veggies as they can at their farm in Thorpdale (Gippsland) and, apart from that, use local ingredients where possible.

Under The Pickle Tree
Products: Relishes, stir fry sauces, curries, pastes, pickles and sauces
Local outlets: Online
Clint Meaghers Quality Meats, Hurstbridge
Lettuce Inn, Hurstbridge
Local Fine Foods, Diamond Creek
Panton Hill General Store
Research Fruit Supply
Township/Suburb: Panton Hill
Notes (in their own words):

Under the Pickle Tree is a maker of premium quality relishes, stir fry sauces, curries and pastes. Proprietar Kelly Meredith inherited some of her grandmother’s recipes and created unique recipes influenced by her time living and working in Thailand and Vietnam. All of the Under the Pickle Tree range is made in small batches in a registered kitchen and every effort is made to source produce locally.

The product range includes: spicy tomato relish, burmese sauce, asian apple sauce, pickled cucumbers and ploughman’s pickle (300gm). Pastes include lemongrass, goan marsala, green curry, red curry and yellow curry (190gm). To cater for vegans, they have a vegan version of its best-selling lemongrass paste and a vegan red curry paste. Catering tubs are available. Their spicy tomato relish is made with tomatoes from Echuca that would otherwise be bulldozed into landfill; their apple sauce is made with Strathewen apples and pears; and their lemongrass paste uses Hildebrand Grove olive oil and local kaffir lime leaves.

Weeping Grevillea Nursery
Products: Lemons, limes and herbs. Also, seasonally, pumpkins, blood oranges, grapefruit, jams and and marmalade.
Local outlets: Roadside cart
Township/Suburb: Kangaroo Ground
Notes (in their own words):

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.

Yarra Valley Gourmet Foods
Products: Salad dressings, jams, jellies, mustards, cordials, chutneys, mayonnaise, vinegars, and infused oils
Local outlets: Online
Abbotsford IGA
Alowyn Gardens, Yarra Glen
Aumanns at Warrandyte
Balgownie Estate, Yarra Glen
Blue Hills Berries and Cherries, Balwyn
Charlie’s Chocolate Bouquets, Croydon
Coburg IGA
Deliland at Northland, Preston
Dench Bakers, Fitzroy North
Farinacci Deli, Preston
Fergusson Winery & Restaurant, Dixons Creek
Frootz on Parade, Fitzroy North
Gervasi Continental Deli, Brunswick
Glenferrie Gourmet Meats, Hawthorn
Heathmont IGA
IGA Blackburn North
IGA Blackburn
Il Cestino, Kew
Jefferies, Croydon Hills
Kuranga Native Nursery, Mount Evelyn
Lavish Abode, Lilydale
Leo’s Fine Food & Wine, Heidelberg
Leo’s Fine Food & Wine, Kew
Made Locally, Ringwood North
Mirabella’s of Doncaster
Miss Gourmet & Co, Hawthorn
Montrose IGA
Northcote IGA
Oakridge Wines, Coldstream
Paul’s SUPA IGA, Ringwood East
Piedimonte’s Supermarket & Liquor, Fitzroy North
Punt Road Winery, Coldstream
Quintons SUPA IGA, Warrandyte
Red Coral Seafood, Bayswater
Renaissance IGA, Hawthorn
Research Fruit Supply, Research
Ritchies SUPA IGA Diamond Creek
Ritchies SUPA IGA Ringwood North
Ritchies SUPA IGA Yarra Glen
Rochford Wines, Coldstream
Templestowe SUPA IGA
The Bosses Boots Cafe, Chirnside Park
The Cellar Door Providore, Ringwood
The Deli Coburg
The Roast Kitchen, Kew
The Yarra Store, Warrandyte
Top Shelf Fruits, Forest Hill
Tunstall Deli, Doncaster East
Wild Wombat Cafe, Hurstbridge
Yarra Farm Fresh, Coldstream
Yarralicious, Warrandyte South
Yering Station Produce Store/Winery, Yarra Glen
various Woolworths
Township/Suburb: Wandin North
Notes (in their own words):

Yarra Valley Gourmet Foods brings together the freshest local produce in a collection of gourmet salad dressings, jams, jellies, mustards, cordials, chutneys, mayonnaise, vinegars, and infused oils. Produced in small batches from the finest ingredients.

Yarra Valley Gourmet Foods’ brands include Yarra Valley Preserves, Yarra Valley Larder and Mad Dog.