Venturing to Mudgee for a weekend of culinary delights? Make sure to bring a basket – you’ll need it to cart away the farm-fresh produce and artisan goodies from the local markets, as recommended by Mudgee food guru Rebecca Sutton, the owner of gourmet catering company olive.a.twist.
“If you head down to the markets on the third Saturday of each month, you’re sure to find a few hidden gems but here are some of my favourites,” says Rebecca. “You can also find a lot of this produce at the Mudgee corner store.”
Nanima Farm Lamb
A great tasting free-range lamb, which is fed only native foods like saltbush and local grasses, with no use of hormones or antibiotics.
Spencer Cocoa Chocolate
A sensational product – single origin, sourced from Vanuatu and made in Mudgee. It comes in two varieties; milk and 72 per cent dark cocoa.
Australian Gourmet Hazelnuts
Grown right here and absolutely delicious.
Karabool Extra Virgin Olive Oil
I use this in my cooking, which I think says it all! You really can’t beat a good olive oil.
High Valley cheese
Look for feta, Colly Blue and Caerphilly.
Putta Bucca Free Range Pork & Farmer Brown Eggs
Make sure you grab a bacon and egg roll while you’re at the markets using these two products.
Elliot Rocke Estate raspberries and Gooree Park oranges
Both are wine producers but they also sell some great produce at the markets.
They have a large range of organic and fermented products like sauerkraut fermented for three weeks, sauerslaw (a mix of lacto-fermented carrots, sauerkraut, ginger and turmeric), double fermented water kefir, organic juices, Kombucha and certified organic fresh produce.
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