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Nathan Bailey
 
6 September 2016 | Nathan Bailey

Brown Hill Spring Produce

 

Spring fever has hit! One of the benefits of the new season is all the wonderful produce that becomes available from Margaret River. So allow us to introduce you to a few Brown Hill favourites that are on high rotation in our kitchen throughout spring.

Agonis Ridge Organic Lamb

This Rosa Brook organic farm breeds grass-fed beef and lamb that melts in your mouth. The owners also tend lovingly to 1200 olive trees that produce robustly flavoured oil, processed on the farm in a purpose-built facility. The owners of Agonis Ridge, Mike and Bev Pimm, believe they’re the caretakers of their land and treat it with respect so the practices they establish help future generations continue to cultivate high-quality produce in later years.

The Agonis Ridge Wiltipoll lambs have a winter breeding trait, so availability is subject to seasonal variations, but when it becomes available, we make the most of it. If you’re in the area, drop into Margaret River Farmers’ Markets on a Saturday to purchase Agonis lamb for yourself or email agonis@bluemaxx.com.au.  Serve Agonis Ridge Organic Lamb with our Trafalgar Cabernet Merlot.

Koonac Goat’s Cheese

The cheese from this producer comes from a small commercial goat farm in Rosa Brook, and it’s sensational. All the cheeses are hand made on the farm with the milk from its own goats. It’s available at the Margaret River Farmers’ Markets or directly from the farm. From feta and camembert to swiss and haloumi, Koonac’s cheeses are perfect for spring cooking (and eating!). Pair some goat's cheese with our Lakeview Sauvignon Blanc.

Margaret River Free Range Eggs

The eggs that are borne from this farm are so full of flavour. The owners want their hens to be happy hens, so they allow their chooks to exercise and forage on pasture every day. They believe you can taste “the sunshine in our eggs”. And we agree! They’re available all over the Margaret River region, in restaurants and supermarkets, as well at selected outlets in Perth. 

Darnell’s Potatoes

Alan Darnell and his partner Debbie Serventy run a 120-hectare farm that borders Margaret River in Rosa Brook. It’s a lamb and beef farm, with potatoes and corn as well. Alan and Deb can be found selling their lusciously sweet corn and potatoes at the Margaret River Farmers’ Markets every Saturday morning. Alan’s claim to “Rosa Brook fame” is that his father started our local General Store called Darnell’s many years ago, which is still in operation to this day.

Margaret River Smokery & Deli

This local producer smokes its own beef, lamb and pork – and it’s superb. It’s a recent addition to the Margaret River Farmers Markets and it’s one of the first stalls to sell out. Why? The treatment of the stock (all stock is fed on high-quality grass), the attention to detail of the smoking at the butchery and the slow-cooking of the meat all contribute to creating produce with a holistic farm-to-plate approach.

 

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