finally ripe & ready

The orchard is bursting & I'm busy preserving. Looking forward to chatting with you at Palm Beach Currumbin Markets fortnightly Saturdays from June 20. PBC Markets are now 6am to 11.30am all year round, no special Winter times.

Can't tell you how pleased we are to see the back of the Summer heat, wasn't it a long one... I feel abit cruel saying this when our Tassie friends are telling us they could have counted the Summer days on one hand down there. And their Winter has started quite brutually.

It seems like a sweet treat to finally be able to crank up the oven at any time of the day, get the gas jets firing & stoke up the fireplace. The snakes & goannas have finally gone into hiding (hip hip horray!), except our resident big Daddy carpet python coming out onto the rooftop to sun himself of a morning. A few funny stories to relay to you, especially prehistoric lizard encounters. Another time..

Sadly you won't see the Jam Van this Winter :-( as she's on the road travelling around Australia without me. So it'll be just me, my market table & usual shiny jars filled with the seasons best.

My secret old Ruby Red Grapefruit tree is still growing strong. Our girls have finally found its hidden location in the Weka rainforest. Makes the best marmalade of the lot, in my humble opinion. Fortunately my Mum planted quite alot more Meyer Lemons over the past seasons, so all the lemons I use are now ours. Even enough finally for big batches of Preserved Meyer Lemon for casseroles, hummus, cous cous & stir-fries. 

The Rosella trees I planted in Summer are growing beautifully - but as many of you know, it takes a massive lot of rosella buds to make a decent size batch of this ever popular jam. I'll try to get some more Rosella Jam back in stock soon. The Jaboticaba trees are sleeping & saving energy for their next big flowering. Sorry in advance, they'll be no Tangelo Cordial this Season. You've probably heard me say Tangelos like to take a year off & then return with great vigour the following Season - always worth the wait. In my next life I wish to come back as a Tangelo tree.

The absolute highlight of our Summer (perhaps my life) was a heavenly long weekend in the Barossa Valley. And meeting Maggie. Maggie Beer & her family were delightful & inspiring. Her recently restored Orchard House, just a stroll from the Farmshop, is divine & most definitely surrounded by the rhythm of the seasons.

Maggie's granddaugher Lilly took us on the grand tour of the Barossa Valley Farmers Markets. Reminding me at every turn exactly why it is we do what we do with our hands & heart. That it's perfectly OK to be small & seasonal in business. Completely OK to say no way to Supermarkets. And keep insisting we know exactly how & where our food is grown, produced & by whom.

If you haven't already been to the Barossa, you must must plan a trip soon. Other highlights to name just a few; Hentley Farm Seppeltsfield, CasaCarboni Enoteca Angaston & Elderton Winery Nuriootpa.

A happy welcome to Winter MFK friends. I hope to see you soon x