Farmers Market folk love winter

Its July, it’s cold and windy, and it might even be wet. But you still need your fix of a freshly brewed coffee and that Saturday morning Egg and Bacon Roll before you get your supplies of fresh produce. So come on down, the Farmers Markets are always on the third Saturday of the month come rain, hail or shine. Find us in the St Marys churchyard, on the corner of Church and Market Streets, from 8.30 till 12.30.

Saturday night dinner? We’ve got it covered..I’m thinking slow roast pork roll from Merrifield Free Range Pork, coated in a grainy mustard from Luciano’s Bit on the Side, desiree spuds, parsnips and pumpkin to roast from Kurrawong Organics, apple sauce from Adriennes Kitchen, and to wash it all down, a bottle (or two) of 2013 Gatekeeper Shiraz from Yeates Wines.

For the full list of stallholders at Saturdays market, click here

One of the best Farmers Markets

While the main reason many people visit farmers markets is to purchase the best, fresh, locally grown produce, there are many other reasons why they are becoming such popular events in Australia.

In addition to getting to meet the people who grow your food and learn more about it, farmers markets often have other educational opportunities as well. Ranging from cooking demonstrations to seminars about the benefits of choosing organic produce to informational sessions about changes to laws that affect farmers, chances to learn something new abound at farmers markets.

For these reasons and more, we were thrilled to be featured in a recent article by Bupa Travel Insurance, ‘Farmers Markets: Australia’s Best Local Produce’. The article spotlighted seven of the best farmers markets around the country, and Mudgee made the cut!

So if you like your produce to come with the feel good factor of doing the right thing by your planet and community stop by your local farmers market this weekend. We’d love to see you!

Easter Makers Market

makersmarket-smallWhere do you find speciality food producers rubbing shoulders with artisan winemakers and regional artists in the one fabulous market?
The Mudgee Makers Market ~ St Marys Church grounds, crn Church and Market Streets, Mudgee
Saturday March 26 ~ 8.30 till 1.00pm
Put together the perfect hamper of all things Mudgee….Browse the stalls, sample the wine, taste the produce, and try and decide just which piece of textile art, jewellery, clothing or garden art you will choose for yourself, or give as a gift!
• 40+ farmers market stalls all providing freshly picked, pulled, bottled, baked or sprouted local produce
• Start the day with Egg and Bacon rolls, and taste your way round the (world) market stalls, finishing with a Nepalese Momo for lunch, match it with an organic wine & listen to live music by Sugarfoot.
• 25+ art stalls, all with hand crafted wares. Garden art, photography, homespun wool, printmaking, upcycled clothing, candles and cards….
For all enquiries, including stallholder applications and information,
please contact Liz Mayberry : farmersmarket@mudgeefinefoods.com.au

The best local produce?

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Paul and Beno cannot decide who makes the best local produce in town. So they decide to do a swap. Paul gives Beno a 2015 Rose and takes a tub of pure Mudgee Honey from Beno.

See what you think at the February Farmers Market. Saturday 21st February in the St Marys Churchyard, Mudgee from 8.30 till 12.30.

While you wander the paths be sure to sample lots of local jams, sourdough bread, saurkraut, pasta sauces, and organic vegetables. Lots to eat, with over 40 stalls, freshly brewed coffee, and live music by Mikala and Clay Brown.

See you there early.

 

January Farmers Markets

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Julie Heslop giving a taste of their Heslop Wines 2013 Merlot

Summer Farmers Markets are all about summer produce.
All that produce has been baked or bottled, pickled or sauced to bring you all that is good about the Mudgee Region
See you bright and early on Saturday 16th Jan, from 8.30 till 12.30pm at the grounds of St Marys Catholic Church.
Marcus McLennan will serenade you as you wnder the paths. Sample a boutique wine, chat to the winemaker, who will be rubbing shoulders with Bens day old chicks, Sallys breakfast rolls, or some award winning olive oil.

December Farmers Markets 19th Dec from 8.30 till 12.30 at St Marys Churchyard

Everyone will have two things on their minds on Saturday. Last minute gift shopping, and stocking the fridge and pantry with food and wine
for Christmas. Luckily, we have both covered on Saturday…
LOOK NO FURTHER FOR THE PERFECT GIFT…

Fudge gift boxes and bags from Mudgee Fudge Co
Gooree Sparkling Shiraz Cabernet is perfect for Christmas day,or Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir, perfect for any occasion or just because.
Packaged goodness from Olivia’s WholeFoods like Gingerbread Men & Salty Caramel Balls. Gluten, Dairy & Refined Sugar Free.
Linda Wilson’s Asian Plum & Chilli Sauce – a delicious glaze for the Christmas ham, baste for barbecued duck, pork & chicken or sauce for all savoury dippers.
Taylor Made Sweets have mince pies and gluten free mince pies, and edible stocking fillers – cookie jars and xmas tree spiced cookie stars.
Christine from Crave Natural will have Organic Apricot Chutney, globe artichoke flowers (vibrant purple), fresh apricots and delicious nectarines.
Everyone loves chocolate… local bean-to-bar chocolate is the perfect small, handmade, ethical gift that suits just about anyone! Spencer Cocoa chocolate is made from scratch using freshly grown Vanuatu cocoa. Local chocolate maker Luke Spencer is just back from Vanuatu, where he caught up with the growers and bought new-season beans.
High Valley products from the kitchen – Tomato Chilli Jam, Beetroot relish to help create that hamper full of delicious goodies.
Pure honey from Cudgegong Honey

AND IF YOU HAVE WORKED UP AN APPETITE SHOPPING…

Fancy a pedal powered milkshake? Jump on Debs blender-bike and make yourself a milkshake, using Little Big Dairy Co milk, and Carnivale Ice Cream and local fruit. Right next door, Carnivale Ice Cream will be scooping lots of fun, fresh flavours including their festive selection… think plum pudding, gingerbread or panettone… the perfect ending to an Australian Christmas feast.1 litre ‘take home’ tubs are available on all flavours. Pre-order or drop by on the day.
Mudgee Yum is offering: Breakfast of Yoghurt with Fresh Berries and Yum Muesli (GF Available) $7 each, and Lunch: Pulled Pork with Apple Slaw Roll or as a Salad (GF Available) $8 each.
Pop Cafe Wineglass Bar & Grill are cooking up hotcakes to go with their coffee

MARKETING WORKSHOP

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Take your marketing to the next level.
Build online marketing skills.
Grow your sales past market day.

Branding – Marketing – Advertising – Understanding online marketing – Social Media explained

Tickets just $25 for Members or $35 for non-members, includes a light supper, tea & coffee.

Book now:  phone 0407 288 797 or email farmersmarket@mudgeefinefoods.com.au

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Introduction to Fermenting

crave-naturalChristine Corner, the Queen of fermenting in Mudgee is passionate about the health benefits, great taste and downright good fun of fermenting food and beverages!

When: Saturday 30th August, starting at 9.30am

Where: St Marys Church kitchens, Mudgee. Follow the signs from Church Street.

During the 1 ½ hour workshop, she will talk about the benefits and history of each ferment, demonstrate, and give tasting samples on how to make Kombucha, water and milk kefir, sauerkraut, and lacto fermented vegetables.  Then have some hands on fun, chopping and mixing to make your own jar of sauerkraut to take home.

book ticketsParticipants will also be able to purchase cultures and small fermenting kits for sauerkraut,pickles and kefir on the day.

Cost of the workshop is $45/MFFI members and $55/ non members
The class will be limited to 12 people.

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Mudgee Makers Market – Oct Long Weekend

mudgee makers marketOn the October Long Weekend, Saturday the 4th, Mudgee Fine Foods will once again combine forces with Mudgee Arts to hold our successful Makers Markets.

This is where we host the best of the region’s food, wine and art, all in the Church grounds of St Marys.

Put the date in your diary, tell your friends and visitors, and if you would like to book a stall, or find out more information, please don’t hesitate to contact me.