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Apted’s Orchards
Products: Apples and pears
Local outlets: Farm gate (both 864 Cottlesbridge-Strathewen Road, Arthurs Creek, 3099 and 1105 Whittlesea-Kinglake Road, Kinglake West, 3757).
Bolton Street Fruit Market, Eltham
Local Fine Foods, Diamond Creek
Township/Suburb: Arthurs Creek
Notes (in their own words):

Available February to November. Apted’s Orchards is a family owned company. It operates an orchard and grazing enterprise from Arthurs Creek and Kinglake West north east of Melbourne that has spanned 5 generations. The farm gate sales at 864 Cottlesbridge-Strathewen Road Arthurs Creek are proving very popular, with 2kg bags of apples straight from the bin – that is, unwaxed and unsorted. Farm gate sales also operate from 1105 Whittlesea-Kinglake Road, Kinglake West. Wholesale marketing is done through the associated Melbourne Pear Company which operates out of the Footscray Wholesale Market.

Arthurs Creek Garlic
Products: Garlic & chilli fusions and olive oils.
Local outlets: Online
A1 Bakery, Fairfield
Fairfield Delicatessen
Psarakos Market, Thornbury
Quintons SUPA IGA, Warrandyte
Renaissance SUPA IGA, Hawthorn
Township/Suburb: Arthurs Creek
Notes (in their own words):

Arthurs Creek Garlic was established in 2010 as a cooperative venture for the purpose of growing quality Australian garlic and and producing premium garlic and chilli food products. Unlike some imported garlic, their garlic is not fumigated or bleached. Rather, it is nurtured through its growing period with tender loving care to ensure intense flavour and superb looking and tasting garlic.

Their food products come from the same inspiration. They include: garlic & chilli fusion; garlic fusion; garlic & chilli extra virgin olive oil; garlic extra virgin olive oil; eggplant magic with garlic & chilli; and eggplant magic with garlic. The fusion is an old family recipe that has been passed down from generation to generation. The garlic in all of their products is grown at their farm in Arthurs Creek. Because of their belief in using the finest ingredients, they only use Australian chilli and extra virgin olive oil in their products.

“Grown from the earth, inspired by our heat, loved by our hands, adored by your tastebuds.”

Backyard Honey
Products: Honey, bees wax and apiary services
Local outlets: Online
30Kerr65 Expresso Bar, Fitzroy
Acorn Nursery, Surrey Hills
Alimentari, Collingwood
Alimentari, Fitzroy
Balwyn Fruit Supply
Balwyn Heights Fruit Supply, Balwyn North
Blood Orange Foodstore, Hawthorn East
Boccaccio Cellars Food and Wine, Balwyn
Chatham Food Store, Surrey Hills
Classic Fruits, Canterbury
Coltivari Fruit and Vege Store, Camberwell
Coles Local, Surrey Hills
Coombe Yarra Valley Providore, Coldstream
Dineamic Food, Camberwell
Flowers of Canterbury, Canterbury
FoodWorks Mont Albert
Glenferrie Gourmet Meats, Hawthorn
Hawthorn Common, Hawthorn
Honey Thief Bakery Cafe, Blackburn South
IGA Blackburn
IGA Blackburn North
Kew Organics
Leo’s Fine Food & Wine, Heidelberg
Leo’s Fine Food & Wine, Kew
Piedimonte’s Supermarket & Liquor, Fitzroy North
Pure Bread Bakery, Surrey Hills
Renaissance IGA, Hawthorn
Reunion Cafe Dining, Surrey Hills
Salzano Delicatessen, Balwyn North
Strawberry Point Fresh Food Market, Forest Hill
The Common Good, Hawthorn
The Craft and Co, Collingwood
The Green at St Columbs, Hawthorn
The Organic Union Fruit and Vegetable Store, Surrey Hills
The Something Different Shop, Hawthorn
Toscano’s Kew
Toscano’s Richmond
Wattle Park Green Grocer, Box Hill
Zimt Patisserie Café, Mont Albert
Township/Suburb: Surrey Hills
Notes (in their own words):

Backyard Honey’s raw, local, multi-floral and varietal honey is hand-harvested, unheated, cold extracted and permeated with local pollens. It retains all the beneficial nutritional and medicinal properties often lost in pasteurised commercial honey. Each harvest’s colour, smell and consistency may be a little different as the foraging of bees is neither within the apiarist’s control nor inclination. Some harvests may crystallise, which simply means that the bees have gathered pollens more likely to turn the honey solid. If you prefer a liquid honey, gently warm the crystallised honey on a sunny windowsill or in a warm bowl of water, remembering that temperatures higher than 40°C will reduce the honey’s therapeutic properties.

As backyard beekeepers, Peter and his wife Jane were often approached by people interested in keeping bees. As time passed, they realised that, while many people dreamed of having hives to harvest their own honey, they felt they did not have the time or apiary experience required. Inspired by this demand, Peter retired in 2012 to pursue his beekeeping passion and develop an innovative urban apiary service to provide local city dwellers with the skills and equipment necessary to host bee hives and obtain pure local honey from their own backyards. Hence, Backyard Honey.

The Backyard Honey ethos is simply to provide an effective and efficient service to ensure sustainable, healthy and mindful communities.

Backyard Honey beekeepers are qualified to provide apiary incursions to complement education programmes and have worked with many schools and Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden programmes. Their bee incursions are tailored to complement and/or extend the curriculum and include a fully enclosed perspex beehive, apiary equipment, bee suits, wax and propolis and pure, raw, unheated honey tastings. Backyard Honey incursions provide a catalyst for enquiry-based learning across the curriculum for both young and old. Phone them to discover more.

Read an interview with Peter Dyer.

Bee Rescue – Heidi Honey Hurstbridge
Products: Raw honey, creamed honey and honeycomb. Hay fever, sinus and pollen asthma remedy. Chai tea and bees wax candles.
Local outlets: Farm gate honesty box (during daylight hours only)
Township/Suburb: Hurstbridge
Notes (in their own words):

Their honey is unheated and is without added rice or corn syrup. Seasonal varieties may include Grey Box, Messmate, Yellow Box, Red Gum and Manna Gum. The honey comes from hives which are migrated from Eltham and around the Green Belt, Yarra Valley to central Victoria, plus honey from rescued hives across Melbourne.

They also offer creamed honey, honeycomb, and a highly sought after local honey remedy for hay fever, sinus and pollen related asthma (see testimonials). Plus chai tea and bees wax candles.

Finally, as Bee Rescue, they also rescue bees across Melbourne from pest controllers.

Belleview Farm
Products: Eggs
Local outlets: Farm gate – Saturday & Sunday, 9am-5pm.
Kinglake Produce and Artisan Market
Township/Suburb: Park Orchards
Notes (in their own words):

Located on a scenic hillside with a beautiful view, Belleview Farm is a small boutique farm selling free range eggs. Their birds are raised and tendered to on the farm and Belleview Farm takes pride in their welfare. They ensure that the birds are fed a nutritious, vitamin-enriched diet including seeds, grains and canola. The farm is pesticide-free and chemical-free.

Ben’s Bees
Products: Honey and beeswax products
Local outlets: Online
Township/Suburb: Blackburn North
Notes (in their own words):

Ben’s Bees sell raw honey – honey that has not been treated in any way. It is taken from the hive in frames designed to hold honey, spun with centrifugal force, drained through a fine sieve to remove any wax particles, and bottled.

They also sell candles, beeswax, soap, hives, bees and clothing.

Their services include bee & swarm removal, beehive pollination and European wasp removal.

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.

Bumpstead Family Apiaries
Products: Honey and beeswax products
Local outlets: Online
Bollygum Community Market, Kinglake
Kinglake Produce and Artisan Market
L-Atieh Hair & Beauty, Doreen
Township/Suburb: Kinglake
Notes (in their own words):

Bumpstead Family Apiaries sell honey and beeswax products. Their honey includes Ironbark and Stringybark. Their other honey products include honeycomb and soap. Their beeswax products include moisturising lotion, lip balm and wood conditioner.

They have also set up apiaries around Melbourne and Victoria, offering a rental hive service. Finally, and most importantly, they promote the important job that bees do in supporting human life.

Buttermans Track
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.

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.

Doreen Egg Farm
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.

Hildebrand Grove
Products: Extra virgin and infused olive oil
Local outlets: Online
Township/Suburb: Cottles Bridge
Notes (in their own words):

Hildebrand Grove is a local, family-run olive grove in picturesque Cottles Bridge which has been quietly producing award-winning olive oil for ten years. Ann and David Strutt are in there at every stage of the process: tending the olive trees, harvesting and pressing the olives. The oil is produced from a blend of Corregiola and Frantoio olives and the end result – a flavoursome and award-winning extra virgin olive oil – has become a beloved staple in many local households. In addition to selling the plain extra virgin olive oil, Hildebrand Grove also produces a great range of infused oils. With a variety of tasty flavours, these are a sophisticated addition to any pantry and can be used in cooked dishes or to dress salads.

Hildebrand Ridge Organic Vineyard
Products: Cabernet, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Certified Organic
Local outlets: Cellar door – Sunday 11am – 5pm or by appointment
Township/Suburb: Cottles Bridge
Notes (in their own words):

Hildebrand Ridge is dedicated to making organic wines and honouring sustainable farming. Preservative-free wines are available and sulphur preservative 220 has been eliminated from the entire range. There is live music most Sundays, 1-5pm.

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.

Products: Seedlings (veggies, herbs and flowers) and microgreens
Certified Organic ingredients
Local outlets: Online
Township/Suburb: Montmorency
Notes (in their own words):

KABUU is a start-up micro-enterprise. They are ecological urban farmers in training, committed to growing sustainably and supplying locals with local food. They run a micro-nursery and grow vegetables, herbs and baby salads. Their specialty is growing organic soil block seedlings for home gardeners and farms. They also sell a range of microgreens and edible flowers for eating.

KABUU’s seedlings are mostly produced using the soil block method, which removes the need for any container, vessel or plastic pots. As well as reducing wastage, this means that the seedlings neither get root-bound nor suffer shock when transplanting. They grow organically using only approved certified organic inputs. Their seedlings are non-GMO, open pollinated varieties from certified organic seed and stock. Their nurseries are at Eltham (Monsalvat) and Research.

Kellybrook Winery
Products: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernets, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, Rosé, Shiraz, Apple Brandy and Tawny Port. Also, cider and beer.
Local outlets: Cellar door – Thursday to Monday, 10am-5pm (closed on Thursdays in Winter).
Call them (9722 1304) to find out if any sellers near you.
Local brands sold: Yarra Glen Quality Meats
Cunliffe & Waters
Stone and Crow Cheese Company
Township/Suburb: Wonga Park
Notes (in their own words):

Kellybrook produces a range of wines, ciders (branded Kelly Brothers) and beers (branded Riders Brew Co.). Their wines include Shiraz, Cabernets, Pinot Noir, Rosé, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Gewurztraminer, as well as Apple Brandy and Tawny Port. Their ciders include Sparkling, Apple and Pear. Their beers include Golden / Summer Ale, American Pale Ale and Porter.

Darren and Farley Kelly founded Kellybrook Winery in 1962, starting with cider and then moving onto wine in the 1970s. It was the first winery in the Yarra Valley to receive it’s Vigneron Licence and Cellar Door licence (1969) and it is one of the few wineries in the Yarra Valley still owned by the original family. Set amongst lush vineyards and historic gardens, the winery offers an authentic Yarra Valley tasting and working farm experience. A large range of wines, beers, ciders and local produce are available for tasting and sale. Picnics and grazing plates featuring local produce are also available all day. The gardens feature a 125-year-old oak tree which is listed with the National Trust, as well as roses, salvias and bulbs.

On the last Sunday of each month, ‘Sunday Sessions’ are held with live, local music from 1.30-4pm and hot food from the kitchen. Over the first weekend in May, there is the annual Kellybrook Cider Festival, soon to be in its 30th year.

Kinglake Vegetables
Products: A wide range of vegetables
Township/Suburb: Kinglake
Notes (in their own words):

The vegetables grown by Kinglake Vegetables include: beans, beetroot, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbages (savoy & purple), capsicum, cauliflower, carrots, celery, eggplant, fennel, kale, leeks, swedes, parsnips, potatoes, pumpkin, silverbeet, snow peas, spring onions, tomatoes and zucchini. Their fruit includes: blackberries, blueberries kiwifruit and raspberries.

They grow slowly, traditionally, using their own seeds. It is colder at their farm in Kinglake than some other parts of Victoria so sometimes that means their produce isn’t ready as early as other areas.

Kinglake West Blueberries
Products: Blueberries (and sometimes raspberries)
Local outlets: Eltham Farmers' Market
Township/Suburb: Kinglake West
Notes (in their own words):

The blueberries are available December and January.

Kings of Kangaroo Ground
Products: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz
Local outlets: Cellar door – Monday to Friday (sales), 10am-5pm; Saturday (tastings), 10am-3pm; and the first Sunday of the month, midday-5pm.
Township/Suburb: Kangaroo Ground
Notes (in their own words):

Ken King commenced planting his Kangaroo Ground vineyard in 1990. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varieties were chosen to suit the south facing site. Initially, the high quality grapes were sold to Yarra Valley wineries. In 2001, a well-equipped winery was built and the brand ‘Kings of Kangaroo Ground’ commenced. All wines are handcrafted, vegan compliant (no animal products used) and the grapes are pesticide free. Other grape varieties are now sourced from local ‘black soil’ growers and from a select vineyard in the Heathcote region. King’s passion is driven by the pursuit of excellence that can be achieved through minimalist wine-making intervention, they want their wines to be at the pinnacle of this traditional craft.

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.

La Villa Salumi
Products: Pork sausages, bacon and smoked smallgoods
Kinglake Produce and Artisan Market
Yarra Glen Racecourse Market
Township/Suburb: Kilsyth
Notes (in their own words):

La Villa Salumi make pork sausages, bacon and smoked smallgoods which they sell at markets.

Sausages as they should be: pork, salt, spices and herbs. No preservatives, gluten, rice, rusk or filler. Herbs and spices are hand blended (no commercial mix here), and sausages are hand tied using natural casings. None of the meat has been frozen, allowing customers to freeze at home if they desire.

A sweeter, Canadian style of bacon: slow-cured with maple syrup and brown sugar, then double-smoked in-house. As this bacon is dry cured, it does not contain excess water weight, which means it provides consistent cooking and crisping. Available sliced to any thickness, as lardons, slabs or whole bellies.

Smoked American-style franks: made using the same quality pork as the sausages. Finely ground pork is blended with a hint of chilli and select (hand blended) herbs and spices, then smoked in-house to provide a smoky frank with a great snap.

Kielbasa (polish garlic sausage): a traditional Polish recipe forms the basis of this smoked garlic sausage which is ready to eat. A small amount of beef is incorporated with pork and fresh garlic, along with herbs and spices, hand tied into rings and smoked. The result is a distinct garlic flavour with good mouth feel.

Lockton Farm Gourmet Sausages
Products: A wide range of gourmet sausages
Local outlets: Own shop
Bundoora Park Farmers’ Market
Yarra Glen Racecourse Market
Township/Suburb: Mooroolbark
Notes (in their own words):

More than 20 varieties of gourmet sausages made from beef, pork, lamb, chicken, turkey and duck. All varieties are gluten free and low in fat, using only fresh, in-season herbs and vegetables, with all ingredients sourced locally where possible.

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.

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.

Nillumbik Estate
Products: Cabernet Merlot, Chardonnay, Nebbiolo, Pinot Chardonnay (sparkling), Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Shiraz
Local outlets: Cellar door – Friday, midday-5pm; Saturday & Sunday, 11am-6pm. Masterclasses held by appointment.
Local brands sold: Under The Pickle Tree
Cunliffe & Waters
Township/Suburb: Smiths Gully
Notes (in their own words):

Nillumbik Estate is a family owned and operated boutique vineyard and winery in Smiths Gully. The cellar door is open every weekend and offers some of the most breath-taking views in the region across to the Kinglake Ranges, from its elevated viewing deck. Nillumbik Estate offers an extensive range of premium wines including its estate grown Domenic’s Paddock Pinot Noir made from 20 year old hand-pruned and hand-picked vines, the Matteo Nebbiolo and Miss ‘O’ Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay. Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Shiraz round off the wine selection. Delicious gourmet pizzas and antipasto platters are also on offer, as well as an extensive range of local produce. Winemaker John Tregambe uses traditional hand-crafted winemaking techniques stretching back generations. The son of Italian immigrants who arrived in Australia in the 1950s, John’s interest in wine making was sparked when watching his father practice age-old winemaking techniques in the family home. John also holds Masterclasses providing visitors with an insight into his winemaking and viticulture styles as well as the history of Nillumbik Estate and the region. Each session includes a guided tasting of his fine wines, followed by a delicious antipasto plate and a glass of wine on the deck.

Panton Hill Estate Olives
Products: Olives, olive oil and other olive oil products
Local outlets: Eltham Farmers' Market
Township/Suburb: Panton Hill
Notes (in their own words):

Panton Hill Estate Olives produces extra virgin olive oils, processed primarily as single variety oils, as well as selling table olives. It also makes a handmade range of cosmetic products, all made solely with their extra virgin olive oil, including soap, lip balm, hand scrub and calendula healing balm.

The olive varieties include Frantoio, Correggiola and Koroneiki for oil production, and Kalamata and California Queen varieties for table olives. Quality is always the primary driver at each phase of the production process and the table olives are processed on site, using the traditional salt and water brine method of curing. This takes up to six months of careful attention to ensure the resulting table olives are firm and have the distinctive taste and qualities of their varieties. Part of the secret of the flavours are the shale soils found in Nillumbik, in which olive trees thrive.

Panton Hill Vineyard & Winery
Products: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet-Savignon-Merlot-Franc, Chardonnay, Chardonnay Liquor, Muscat, Pinot Port, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Sparking Pinot Noir Chardonnay, Verdehlo
Local outlets: Cellar door – weekends and public holidays, 11am-5pm; by appointment at other times
Local outlets: Hurstbridge Liquor
Township/Suburb: Panton Hill
Notes (in their own words):

At Panton Hill Vineyard and Winery you’ll discover beautiful buildings reminiscent of Tuscany, in a bush setting only 45 minutes from central Melbourne. In this family founded and run boutique winery you can taste a wide range of high quality, aged wines – dry, sweet, sparkling and fortified – which are totally estate produced using biological techniques. A huge open fire awaits you during the winter months or in summer, you can enjoy the beautiful courtyard. Homemade pizza and the cured olives are a menu specialty.

Petty’s Orchard
Products: Apples
Certified Organic
Township/Suburb: Templestowe
Notes (in their own words):

Petty’s Orchard occupies 44 hectares of land and encompasses an antique apple orchard, commercial orchard, wetlands and bird hide. It is one of Melbourne’s oldest commercial orchards. It has the largest collection of heritage apple varieties on mainland Australia, including more than 200 varieties of old and rare apples.

Name: Punch
Products: Cabernet, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Local outlets: Cellar door at 10 Scott Street, St Andrews – Saturday & Sunday, midday-5pm.
Blackhearts and Sparrows, Fitzroy North
Smith Street Cellars, Collingwood

The following bars and restaurants: Anada, Fitzroy; Builders Arms Hotel, Fitzroy; Cutler & Co, Fitzroy; Easy Tiger, Collingwood; Gibsons Wine Bar, Hawthorn; Green Park Dining, Carlton; Hammer and Tong, Fitzroy; Hell of the North, Fitzroy; Hotel Lincoln, Carlton; Lee Ho Fook Restaurant, Collingwood; Mercers, Eltham; Merricote, Northcote; Pinotta, Fitzroy North; Scopri, Carlton; Tao Tao House, Hawthorn; The Post Office Hotel, Coburg; The Town Mouse, Carlton; Underwood Wine Bar, Fitzroy North; Union Dining, Richmond
Township/Suburb: St Andrews
Notes (in their own words):

In 1975, the Lance family found a beautiful twenty acres of sloping land in the hamlet of St Andrews, Yarra Valley. The soils were poor, thin and riddled with rock. The elevation was high (250m) and the site was a natural ampitheatre, perfect for capturing sunlight without excessive heat.

The family began planting in 1976. Punch began in 2005, when James & Claire Lance began leasing the vineyard and winery. Their wine labels are Punch (made with own grapes), Friends of Punch (made with others’ grapes) and Elemental.

Shaws Road Winery
Products: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and the classic Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Franc and Merlot
Local outlets: Cellar door – every third Sunday of the month, 11am-5pm or by appointment.
Hurstbridge Liquor
Township/Suburb: Arthurs Creek
Notes (in their own words):

A small family owned and operated winery in Arthurs Creek. Their philosophy is to produce premium wines from estate-grown fruit ripened to optimum levels and matured in finest quality small oak barrels.

Spirli Strawberries
Products: Strawberries
Local outlets: Farm gate
Township/Suburb: Wandin North
Notes (in their own words):

Available November to April. Spirli Strawberries is a small strawberry farm focused on growing a quality berry for taste and appearance.

Spoke & Spade
Products: A range of seasonal vegetables
Vegan Market of Melbourne
Township/Suburb: Heidelberg West
Notes (in their own words):

Spoke and Spade is an urban farm growing seasonal vegetables for the local community. They pre-sell $20 veggie boxes using the community-supported agriculture (CSA) model.

They follow organic and regenerative principles and hope to nurture soil life to create to healthy food. They grow without any nasty chemicals and prioritise Aus Certified Organic inputs (although they are not Certified Organic). They have had our soil tested to confirm their farm’s produce is free from heavy metal contamination.

As an urban farm, Spoke and Spade are growing a story for people to eat and connect to the place they live and to the farmer they purchase food from. Their aim is to encourage connections through food. From farmers to families, neighbours to soil health, and recipes to the local grocery store – all upheld as important parts of life. They hope to create not just good food in the local economy, but a greater sense of place in community. They hope to change, challenge and improve on food systems locally and abroad.

Sugarloaf Produce
Products: A wide range of vegetables. Also, swiss brown mushrooms.
St Andrews General Store and Post Office
Township/Suburb: Strathewen
Notes (in their own words):

Sugarloaf Produce is a small organic farm located at the base of Mt. Sugarloaf and the Kinglake Ranges. They are the 5th generation to farm this property. Composted organic matter is the key to growing their produce, and all of their compost is made on site using a mixture of farm green waste, cow, sheep and poultry manure, sawdust from their mill and other organic materials. Other biological techniques used on the farm include crop rotation, mixed cropping and mixed stocking. Beneficial compost teas are sprayed on crops regularly, and plentiful habitat is provided for beneficial insects in their vast bushland areas.

Produce includes: beans, beetroot, broad beans, broccoli, capsicum, carrot, cauliflower, chilli, cucumber, eggplant, garlic, globe artichoke, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, potatoes, pumpkin, radish, rhubarb, rocket, silverbeet, spinach, tomatoes and zucchini.

Sure Things
Products: Certified organic garlic. Some seasonal veggies when available.
Certified Organic
Township/Suburb: Montrose
Swipers Gully Vineyard
Products: Merlot, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Verduzzo
Local outlets: Online
Cellar door (by appointment)
Township/Suburb: Kangaroo Ground
Notes (in their own words):

Swipers Gully Vineyard was established by Eltham College in 2002 with the aim of creating a boutique winery with an emphasis on producing small quantities of premium wine. Their vineyard is located on a 20 acre site, on which the vines currently occupy approximately 5 acres.

The Cherry Boys
Products: Cherries and figs
Local outlets: Farm gate – 7 days a week, 10am-4pm (Dec-Jan).
Rent your own tree.
Township/Suburb: Wandin North
Notes (in their own words):

Available December to January for cherries and from February to May for figs. Varieties of cherry include Lapins, Merchant, Simone, Sweet Georgia and Van.

The Cherry Boys are two brothers who are second generation Yarra Valley orchardists with a 40 years history of producing top quality fruit. The cherries are picked daily to ensure its freshness and quality.

Cherry trees can also be rented by the public, who then pick the cherries knowing that they have their own tree to pick, untouched by anyone else.

The Mushroom Co
Products: A range of exotic mushrooms and mushroom kits
Township/Suburb: Ringwood
Notes (in their own words):

The Mushroom Company grows shiitake, shimeji, brown oyster, enoki, king oyster and black fungi mushrooms and sell them at farmers’ markets. In winter, they grow chestnut mushrooms and nameko as well, and they are the only company in Australia to grow nameko. The mushrooms are grown as spawns in test tubes, then transferred to jugs with cooked grains, then transferred to mushroom bags. No chemicals are used. They also sell growing kits if you like to experiment with growing your own. The only thing they spray on their mushrooms is clean water. If you visit them at a farmers’ market, Wendy will introduce all of the mushrooms to you, as well as some recipes for you to enjoy them.

The Mushroom Shed
Products: Mushrooms, mushroom kits, some seasonal veggies, plus herb and veggie seedlings
Local outlets: Bulleen Art & Garden
Bundoora Park Farmers’ Market
Township/Suburb: Montmorency
Notes (in their own words):

The Mushroom Shed is a local grower of swiss brown and white mushrooms and also provide ‘grow your own’ kits for people who want to grow their own mushrooms at home. They also do a wide range of herb and veggie seedlings, in pots/punnets – concentrating on heritage and unusual varieties, with over 40 varieties of heritage tomato seedlings available in Spring. You can see Mark and Helen at farmers’ markets both locally and in other Melbourne suburbs. As a small producer, they sell only direct to the customer via farmers’ markets (no wholesale), giving the customer ultimate freshness and an opportunity to talk directly with the grower.

Top Hundred Acres
Products: Eggs (certified Free Range by FRFA).
FRFA Free Range certification
Local outlets: Farm gate – Friday & Saturday, 9am-5pm.
Health Bar Melbourne, Research
Township/Suburb: Yan Yean
Notes (in their own words):

Top Hundred Acres’ produce is nurtured from the ground up using sustainable, chemically-free farming practices. They supply pastured eggs and garlic fresh from their farm to local stores, cafes, restaurants, caterers and direct to you.

Their eggs are certified by the Free Range Farmers Association. In line with this: their hens (around 1,000 in number) are not de-beaked or wing clipped; their stocking density is less than 700 birds per hectare; they are fed natural grains (no yolk dye or meat meal); and they are rotated to fresh pasture (using portable sheds and fencing).

Situated in the heart of the Plenty Valley, Top Hundred Acres’ farm has been in the family for three generations and counting. They are passionate about producing food that is healthy, delicious and sustainable and they try to inspire the local community to think about where their food comes from.