Look what was on my wellie this morning!

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Remember when I was banging on a couple of weeks ago about little insects? Well here is a whoppa! So glad this Goliath stick insect eats gum leaves! Hard to imagine that its wings are folded in there too!

Michael stopped the truck on Wisemans Ferry road yesterday to make sure the little echidna, trundling across the road, made it to the other side before being squashed by a car. Phew!

Make sure you get to the Carriage Works or Taylor Square markets on Saturday morning as there’s loads of lovely fresh produce for you.

Have a happy, healthy week.


Blown Away!

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This is the windiest Spring we can remember, as usually August is the windy month. It means a lot more watering and we have to be even more careful with the picked leaves as they can wilt so quickly in the wind. It’s really the same effect as a 30C degree day.

Can’t believe how much good produce we have! There’s lots of spinach and rocket; mini cos and soft leaf fancy lettuce; bok choy, kale, some broccoli and cauliflowers.

So heaps for all at Taylor Square & Carriage Works Markets on Saturday morning. You may not even have to get up at the crack of dawn to not miss out!!



Have a happy & healthy week.


Plenty of everything seasonal.

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Everything is going ‘gangbusters’ as Michael would say! The top of the far paddock is showing the results of the hard work Josh has put in with massive soil improvement this year. That part was cleared of bush some years ago but was mostly sand from the sandstone ridge behind it. Lots of well balanced, very rich compost (done a different way too) and other compost and the result? Fantastic quality growth of all the greens.

Some things have gone to seed (as everything does eventually) but the quality has been fabulous.

So, at Carriage Works & Taylor Square markets this Saturday, be early to fill your bag with good food and therefore good health!

The weather has been positive, with some rain and plenty of sunshine and predators have not been able to have much effect on the plants. The predators predators have been very active too!

Thank you to all the hard workers this week, filling in for sick people and working hard. Good picking this morning.

Have a great week.


Little things….

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Sometimes little things are not recognised as important because they are so little. I was thinking that when I walked through the paddocks today and saw the following!

Sorry the bees are out of focus & only my shoe is in focus! However you can see one little thing which is great – that is the bees – and one bad thing -that is the snails. Both are little, but, my goodness the effects of them can be very big!

Some horrible little thing is causing these white spots on the spinach leaf, the orange & black bugs are up to no good I’m sure and the scribbly gum, of which we have a lot on the farm, gets its name of course from the marks the busy insects make under it’s bark.

Of course, the produce we have for you at the markets Saturday morning in Sydney at Carriage Works and Taylor Square is all excellent, tasty and brimming with goodness! On Sunday morning we will be at Peats Ridge Community hall at our local market. Go to Peats Ridge Road, Peats Ridge Public School grounds.

Have a healthy and happy week.

Keep an eye out for interesting little things in your life!! They can make a big difference.


Wow – serious amount of spinach this week!

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Great amounts of everything for the Saturday markets at Carriage works & Taylor Square BUT just look at the spinach! Thanks to Josh’s special fertile growing experiment we can fulfil the massive orders this week! Apparently Victoria’s floods mean they have less so we are in great demand! Excellent.

The smirking boss is justifiably pleased at the boxes of packed spinach in the cool room tonight ready to go in the morning at 4.00 am! The barely decipherable list on the cool room door is for the packers. It shows how much spinach there is this week compared to the rocket & other greens.

Kale & mixed greens still being packed 8 hours later by our persevering workers.

Everything you usually buy is available, fresh and abundant, all the greens, citrus, roots & shoots!

At the Delicious Awards Ceremony at Pier 1, Marriott Hotel, Monday night. Champions Mountain Organics didn’t win a national gong but has won a New South Wales one for best produce from the soil. Fantastic I think.

We had a good night out, interesting and with spectacular bits! Chefs whizzed up weird & wonderful delicacies from all the farmers produce. Wonderful salt of the earth farmers from all round Australia won awards (which you can see in this months Delicious magazine) mixed with chefs, food judges (including Maggie Beer who was standing very near) and magazine writers & wannabe’s and it was packed!

These ‘things’ that a farmer tried to con me were emu eggs, were pumpkin & mandarin yoghurt on a nest of light kind of crumble mixture (sorry chefs, forgot what it was called). Absolutely delicious.

Have a great week.


All dressed up …..and somewhere to go!

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We are off to the Delicious Awards on Monday night. We don’t know if we’ll get the top gong but we’ll get something. All very exciting and very rewarding for Michael and the business he has built up for so many years.

We got out the glad-rags to try on as we hadn’t had any use for them for quite some time. ¬†should be a great night.

Needless to say the farm is going well with Spring weather now and everything growing gangbusters. There is heaps of produce, especially rocket, spinach & blood oranges.

make sure you get in early for the best choice at Taylor Square or Carriage Works markets on Saturday morning.

Have a healthy invigorating week!


Sleet yesterday!

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Not too much sleet but a bit of a surprise after quite a sunny day really. So Spring not quite here on the plateau yet!

I must tell you how good the blood oranges are. Sweet and delicious and not to be missed!

Despite the strange weather, the produce is well and healthy and will all be there as usual at Carriage Works and Taylor Square Markets on Saturday morning. Sunday morning we will be at Peats Ridge Markets at Peats Ridge Community Hall in the Peats Ridge Public School grounds on the main road.

The weather is forecast to be sunny & warmer over the weekend so see you there!

Have a happy & healthy week.



Busy, busy!

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With weather onside many seedlings going in, visitors to the farm, plenty of sales and lots happening we haven’t had time to scratch ourselves this week!

Sydney University Agriculture students came around midweek & got an insight into organic horticulture at the coal face. (Sorry to mix metaphors!) They were doing a unit on horticulture and probably learned a lot. Michael’s knowledge is really extensive.

Last of the hundreds of seedlings that went in this week. Well done workers!

Make sure you get down to Carriage Works or Taylor Square markets on Saturday mornings for lovely fresh produce.

Have a healthy, happy week.


Rapt in Rapa!

A beautiful sight! Plated Chimi di Rapa for you to salivate over! As we said, more good news.

The first picture was sent to Michael by Emily, his best Chimi di Rapa Afficionado from carriage works Market. The Chimi di Rapa was cooked last Saturday evening resulting in Emily’s nona wanting to make Michael an honorary Italian!

The second photo is an instagram from Monty Koludrovic – Pan fried schnitzel with Rapa flowers as “makeup” as served at The Dolphin Surry Hills.

All the usual fresh produce will be at Carriage Works and Taylor Square markets on Saturday morning in Sydney. Be there early to get the best choices!

Have a happy, healthy week,


Special announcement!

We are excited to announce that we have been selected to be the State winner for 2016 Delicious Produce Awards from the Earth for our Cimi di Rapa in particular.
We are still in the running to win the national prize so watch this space!

It has been a wet and very muddy week, sloshing about ankle deep, but the produce is undamaged.
There is plenty of rocket & spinach, broccolini and broccoli, large & small cauliflowers, new season red shallots and all at Carriage Works and Taylor markets on Saturday morning.

The advantage of the rain is that it has made conditions perfect for another flush of late season pine mushrooms. Don’t they look amazing?! Get them at Taylor Square market.

Have a happy & healthy week.