Thursday 13th November 2014

Hello Everyone This week the young cherry tomato plants are just in. Those tomatoes will be ready for picking from about mid January. You can look forward to them. Farmers have to think well ahead as you can imagine! Bill’s tomatoes will be ready before Christmas so...

Thursday 6th November 2014

Hello Everyone A big welcome to our new French worker, Marie. She arrived just before the storm on Saturday having spent a few days in Sydney getting orientated to the Aussie accent! This morning here she is picking rocket and with Maria in the second photo....

Thursday 30th October 2014

Hello Everyone No picking pictures this week for a change. Not because we didn’t pick, but thought we’d show you a few photos of some work during the week. Seedling beds have to be prepared by slashing using the tractor then mowed. This ensures all the tall weeds are...

Friday 24th October 2014

Hello Everyone Lots of lovely greens this week despite this week going from really quite cold around Tuesday to very warm Thursday. Quite amazing for plant growing. The sun is so bright this end of the week after lots of cloudy days. Lettuce greens, rocket, red rib...

Thursday 16th October 2014

Hello Everyone Well quite a variety of weather this last week. We’ve had just about everything! Six degrees last night, over thirty in the day a few days ago, wild winds and rain and hot enough to start worrying about bush fires! But the plants keep on growing with...

Thursday 9th October 2014

Hello Everyone, This week has to be pictures of Claire’s farewell as we had a long wriggly visitor! Josh, as you probably know is a reptile handler and has an amazing knowledge of native wild life of all kinds. The Albino Darwin Carpet Python is one of his and he...

Thursday 2nd October 2014

Hello Everyone Michael has some special themes to tell you this week. Everyone has been working hard on the Blood Orange trees. You may think that after all is picked you sit back and wait till next year to pick again. But oh no! Here’s the story! The weeds have tried...

Thursday 25th September 2014

Hello Everyone We have the most delicious, organic eggs for you on a permanent basis. I promise you they are truly free range. A very good price, cheaper than most organic eggs. I have very high standards as regards nutrition – just ask Michael! There have been many...

Thursday 18th September 2014

Hello Everyone Craig on Sunday, now that sounds like a great show! He comes to pack for restaurants & co-ops for Serkan to deliver very early Monday morning. Michael absorbed in kale opposite from Craig. Quite meditative!...

Friday 12th September 2014

Hello Everyone Wasn’t it a lovely day yesterday, real Australian spring weather! You can smell it in the air – well perhaps not so much in the city but certainly up here! We still have lovely blood oranges and blood orange juice. Make sure you get to Eveleigh or...

Friday 5th August 2014

Hello Everyone So very pleased to hear the great news that Brent Savage of Bentley restaurant has won the Sydney Morning Herald chef of the year award. He is such a lovely man, quiet and unassuming as well as being such a brilliant chef. He has promoted Champions...

Friday 29th August 2014

Hello Everyone From the driest July the farmer is now whinging about the wettest August! Well I am surprised the utes haven’t aquaplaned on the track to the paddocks! We have water pouring off the hill behind the house down to the dam which is pretty good & not...

Friday 22nd August 2014

Hello Everyone This comes from a wet farm this Friday morning! Happy farmer with a decent drop of rain these last few days! Possibly less thrilled pickers who are back from the paddocks soaking wet! Yesterday was pretty dry in the morning and here’s the lovely Claire...

Friday 15th August 2014

Hello Everyone Lovely sunny weather for picking today and tomorrow morning markets with a good chance of much needed rain for days afterwards. Rain is still what’s needed! This week remember to buy Cimi di Rapa, the delicious italian heritage vegetable, is in good...

Friday 8th August 2014

Hello Everyone Great sunny weather this week, a bit cold at night, usually down to about 2C or 3C. Still very dry but we have great produce for you. Kristina came to help out this Thursday as Josh is sick with flu, as Serkan was last week. She lives locally and this...

Thursday 31st July 2014

Hello Everyone, I’m back from England after 11 weeks and pleased to be here in this sunny, quiet and spacious place at Mangrove Mountain. Heaps of wonderful things done and so impressed at what a great job Michael did with the farm blog and facebook while I was away....

25th JULY 2014

       Hi All, I’ll start with a couple of pics of two stalwart pickers, Claire, our indefatigable French intern and the unflappable Yoon. Both getting on with picking the leafy greens for Saturday’s market And below we are going to...

18th JULY 2014

           Hi All, here we are once again “ on the pick”, the girls and Yoon heads down and going for it in the cold. josh as usual ‘on the forage’ and below Boris ‘the supervisor’  checking it done right. And the...

11th July 2014

   HI All, plenty of wind and cold temperatures slowing thing down so just a couple of pics of the girls hard at work picking and Josh searching for weeds for the horta mix, it is harder to find nice young leaves as it has been so dry – no rain for over 3...

4th July 2014

HI all, A pic of the Girls this week (as we had the boys last week) Maria and Claire on a cold but sunny morning.    Back at work with Josh and dogs in the foreground             More wild life …. we had a visit...

27th JUNE 2014

  Hi all, here’s a mug shot of “The Boys” down at Eveleigh market last weekend, as Greg pointed out we were all together in one place for a change. And one below of yours truly on the stall with customers a little later   This week SMH Good Food featured...

20th June 2014

          HI all, well, we have a story this week’! It all starts with the seedlings coming beautiful and fresh from Patio Plants (pic 1) we then plant and water and love them. then in pic 3 below we have some gentle caring...

Friday the 13th June

  Hi all, back in blogosphere after last week’s glitches, (runaway dog, farmers meeting, photos refusing to load). So above you see Maria and Claire getting stuck into the rocket; below Yoon picking baby spinach.  We have heaps of good quality of both those...

30th MAY 2014

       HI all, I’ll start off with a pic of Craig who usually misses out as we do this blog on Thursdays so it’s an oldie but shows him and good looking lettuce. We have the last of the Bunya nuts at Eveleigh, turning out to be very...

23rd MAY

Hi all, here’s some pics of the brief farewell to Claire and her farewell to Boris (the crazy dog) Bit of a teary good bye… we will miss her....

16th May

Hi Everyone, As you can see the leafy salad greens are looking superb as this mild to warm weather is perfect for them. so plenty of rocket and spinach, salad mix of both kinds and as the days stay warm great for salads or sandwiches. This is Claire’s last week so one...

8th May

Hi all, Not being as competent as Nancy doing the blog AND pictures, there are only a couple today. A nice ‘team champion’ pic of everyone back in the shed after picking. (although Claire wanted to hold her favourite, Boris) the only picking photo I could make work is...

1st May

Hi all, Well as you can see another bright sunny day for picking after some showers on Wednesday. Claire and Yoon (not helped by Boris are picking some really good rocket and baby spinach. Yes we will have plenty this week      you can see how good...

Thursday 23rd April 2014

Hello Everyone Another lovely day today and picking has just finished at 9.15am. Now to washing & packing. Same thing tomorrow. Then see you at Eveleigh or Taylor Square markets on Saturday morning or Mangrove Mountain Country markets on Sunday morning this week....

Thursday 10th April 2014

Hello Everyone Cooler weather and still rather wet. Plants that want sun are not really getting enough. But it’s favourable to those that love the more overcast damp weather like the lettuce, which is excellent, lush and juicy. Picking this morning was good without...

Thursday 3rd April 2014

Hello Everyone A few misty mornings this week, sometimes not clearing till 11.00am. Looks very picturesque but gets steamy later! Usually picking is finished by 9.30am so leaves are fresh and strong.    Wild and ordinary rocket are looking and tasting good...

Thursday 27th March 12014

Hello Everyone Very wet picking this morning! Last of the unloading of the ute at 9.30am and then tipping water out of gumboots, getting on dry clothes and a quick hot cup of tea and into washing and packaging.     No sun to take photos with! Serkan...

Thursday 20th March 2014

Hello Everyone Michael spent a lot of Tuesday at Bentley’s restaurant in Sydney with Brent Savage and a camera crew from Vogue Living (I think). Brent is a wonderful chef there and Michael has supplied him with produce for some time since Brent found Michael at...

A bit later – 14th March 2014

Hello Everyone again! I missed off these two!     Here’s a baby Feijoa on its way to growing big and juicy. The big ripe ones and Persimmons are ready for you tomorrow at market....

Friday 14th March 2014

Hello Everyone Great week, heaps of rain on Wednesday night which always cheers the farmer! This week we have all the usual greens but a special mention to those looking good when the workers were  up the paddock on Wednesday. Working left to right, in the...

Friday 7th March 2014

Hello Everyone At the 11th hour we got rain again! So lush & green & weeds sky high. The bok choi is looking really good so get into the stir fries. Here’s Serkan picking it and Claire posing with it! Could he be posing too? Serkan works so fast he is usually...

Friday 28th February 2014

Hello Everyone The purple bean competition is in full swing. Beans are ‘running ‘ up the trellis wire, some going faster than others! But both rows averaging equally! Most runners have caught onto the trellis but some are flapping in the breeze & will have to be...

Thursday 20th February 2014

Hello Everyone Well, did we have rain………..66mm! Hope other farmers got some. Just brilliant. For me it’s the end of having to worry about the possibilities of fire for this summer too. Everything is green and lush and if you thought the weeds were tall before……..now...

Thursday 13th February 2014

Hello Everyone This should be the last week of shortages resulting from that last sun-scorching heat wave and we have now caught up as the seedlings planted since then are flourishing well. Lettuce on the left you can see is just great.    On the right the...

Thursday 6th February 2014

Hello Everyone Hope you had a look at our face book page and saw the photos of our English friends who dived in the deep end and helped at Eveleigh on Saturday. First time in Australia and so last week I was busy inducting them into Aussie culture, surfing, BBQ, bush...

Thursday 23rd January 2014

Hello Everyone After last week’s heat we have been very lucky with a bit of rain and a cooler week. Can you hear the plants go ‘Phew,’ and take a deep breath!! Some things did die so get in early as we will have shortages Lots of lovely fresh food for you at Eveleigh...

Thursday 16th January 2014

Hello Everyone Eveleigh Market is open on Saturday so be sure to be there. Taylor Square went well last week on its first day 2014. Thanks customers. Here’s the boss washing baby spinach. Some is going very well but the last few days it has been really struggling in...

Friday 10th January 2014

Hello Everyone Hope you had a good break. We did and with the rain Michael got some much needed rest as there was no watering to be done twice a day. Taylor Square market stall is back tomorrow  with lots of energy. Be there for lovely fresh produce &...

Thursday 19th December 2013

Hello Everyone Last market of the year at Eveleigh and Taylor Square on Saturday morning. make sure you are there! Delicious mizuna picked to go in the salad mix on the left and juicy rocket on the right.    Garlic is a must in so many dishes as well as...

Thursday 12th December 2013

Hello Everyone New growth is phenomenal – especially in the weeds! Today Yoon is picking mustard greens which come in the spicy salad mix and are delicious. Even if you are like me and don’t like mustard  I find them just right in with the other salad. On the...

Friday 6th December 2013

Hello Everyone, Make sure you get to Eveleigh market tomorrow (and they won’t be at Taylor Square) as there will be green walnuts! Whole and in the shell, obviously – see picture below. A real speciality for pickling. There’s lots of recipes and Michael will have some...

Thursday 28th November

Hello Everyone Some produce you haven’t seen much of lately is back in abundance. Don’t forget the duck eggs at the end of this blog! Beautiful Sydney Crimson rhubarb back this week due to the recent rain. It’s a rare and much sought after rhubarb to make delicious...

Thursday 21st November 2013

Hello Everyone So much rain at the weekend & early in the week that Tuesday no one could work outside & Wednesday spent repairing the farm tracks so the ute could get up to the paddock! One extreme to the other! Michael is ploughing lovely damp soil and Josh,...

Thursday 14th November 2013

Hello Everyone Thank goodness for the rain! Just brilliant and the plants are ‘blooming!’ It’s been good to turn over crumbly, wet earth ready for planting. Serkan is picking lettuce, checking for perfection, naturally!       The sun is hot,...

Friday 8th November 2013

Hello everyone, Very hot day today so picking is going as quickly as possible this morning and then everything into the cool of the shed & covered in damp sheets till it is washed. First a picture of Josh, if you don’t look at our face book page. Marvellous saving...

Friday 1st November 2013

Hello Everyone Apologies for absence the last two weeks. We had our local Country Fair and I was frantically busy helping all Friday and then rushed home to pick the white mulberries. Last week we had no phone line or internet as a truck had snapped the Telstra line...

Saturday 12th October 2013

PS to yesterday. The longer, paler mulberries are called ‘Shahtoot’. All the mulberrries sold out very quickly.two chefs were competing to get the last punnet!

Friday morning 11th October 2013

Hello Everyone What a hot and dry week! In citrus this week tomorrow is definitely the last of the blood oranges and the emperor mandarins! We kept finding a few more but that’s it now! There are plenty of tangellos and navels along with meyer and eureka lemons as...

Friday 4th October 2013

Hello Everyone This sudden cold snap, ten degrees up here yesterday, after such hot weather, thirty two degrees earlier in the week, makes it difficult to know what the plants will do! There’s plenty of salad mixes for the warm weather expected over the weekend....

Friday 25th September 2013

Hello Everyone Very much the same on offer as last week. We seem to have weathered the wind and heat from yesterday. (I’m glad I wasn’t a seeding out there all day!) In citrus we have the rare citrus bergamots for a couple more weeks or so. Fabulous for flavouring....

Friday 20th September 2013

Hello Everyone After a nice drop of rain on Monday and Tuesday the greens are looking lush! This week at Taylor Square and Eveleigh markets there will be the rare citrus, Bergamot. These are the colour of a lemon but are shaped like an orange. They are great for...

Friday 13th September 2013

Hello Everyone Despite the hot, dry winds last Monday and the cold today we are going gangbusters on broad beans, snow peas and baby spinach! Make sure you get some at Eveleigh or Taylor Square markets.       I am loving eating the tender,young...

Friday 6th September 2013

Hello Everyone We seem to have shot into an early spring! It’s becoming rather too dry, suddenly. Longing for rain much to our surprise! For the markets this week starting with the citrus, we have zingy blood oranges and their juice. Sevilles too. Be aware their...

Friday 30th August 2013

Congratulations to Adrienne on her awards in Tasmania for organicconserves and cordial. She has bought our produce for her conserves and cordials for years and we sell them on our market stalls.        Hi Nancy Michael asked me to send...

Saturday 24th August 2013

Dear Everyone Hard to photograph well (the boys work so fast!) but jugs of blood orange juice about to go into bottles. Very sweet and unusual!    All the usual fresh produce will be there as well as lovely crisp fennel. Remember to get to Mangrove Mountain...

Friday 23rd August 2013

Hello Everyone Lovely Hass & Reed avocados will be at Taylor Square & Eveleigh Market this Saturday. There’ll be chard and Russian Kale, the usual Bok Choy, beetroot, Horta & Nettles. Rhubarb makes delicious crumbles. Celery is looking young &...

Wednesday 21st August 2013

Hello Everyone Come & have a browse at Mangrove Mountain market on Sunday morning. Our stall will be there and other stalls with some very tasty gourmet fare! Weather should be lovely too. Here’s a picture of our stall a while ago. It’s on the last...

Sunday 18th August 2013

Hello Everyone Thought you might like to have a look at this! Katie’s Warm Horta Salad recipe. Ingredients Half Spanish onion, sliced 1 clove garlic, finely chopped Half a red chilli, finely chopped (to taste) 1 tbsp olive oil 1 pkt Champions Mountain Organics Horta,...

Friday 16th August 2013

Hello Everyone The rocket is excellent and there’s plenty of it. Absolutely unbeatable fresh with your lunch in this warmer weather. So full of flavour.          The leaves are taken off the stalks and separately washed, then bagged...

Sunday 11th August 2013

Hello Everyone Hopefully I can now add pictures! Here’s Michael with a bunch of blood oranges that went to the market yesterday. (Sorry, he’s squinting into the sun!) The area around the trees is laying fallow at the moment. Soon it will be mown and the trees mulched...

Thursday 8th August 2013

Hello Everyone, The weather has helped and everything is looking juicy and delicious. Here’s an early update and I will add to it tomorrow as the last picking will be bagged and boxed. At last the blood oranges are ready and will be on the market stalls with some...

Friday August 2nd 2013

Hello Everyone Just to add to yesterday as Bergamot citrus is here! Know some of you are waiting on getting some. They are really an orange but were grown in Italy mainly for the essential oil. Did you know the French called them ‘çitrons doux’ – sweet lemons. Try...

Thursday 1st August 2013

  Hello Everyone, I am Nancy, the farmer’s wife! I would like to introduce myself as I have offered to do most of the blog now. Michael, the farmer is flat out with growing delicious plants for you and picking and packing them for market and masses of things that...

Hi all, getting in early this week and hope you will too as there is rain coming, hopefully not in time to spoil a good market day but keep your eyses peeled All the goodies as last week and we have found some pine mushrooms which have ‘sprung’ again after the rain....

HI ALL, sorry I missed last week but we have exiting new for all those hanging out for the winter weeds with the return of nettles and chickweed. Much sort after by Sydney’s leading chefs you can get the 1st pick of the year. they are a real health food with...

Hi all, doing the blog a day early so I catch you all I hope. Tamarillos start on Saturday as do the Silverhill mandarins these are the 1st of the easy peel mandos and are seedless to boot, great for the kids lunch box and for you! Mushrooms still going strong, plenty...

HI everyone, Well the sun is going to be out again tomorrow just as it was all week. so everything is there for you dining pleasure. Plenty of mushrooms and Pine mushrooms as the season is just starting for us at mangrove mountain. the tomatoes, red caps, lettuce,...

Hi all, lots of good sunshine and lots of good produce for you tomorrow. THE MUSHROOMS ARE BACK  and to top it off the pine mushrooms too! Roma tomatoes looking great, red caps, plenty of rocket There are only a few pine mushies from this early pick and the baby...

HI all, just a quickie well the baby spinach is back and the wild rocket. Plenty of the wide leaf rocket too! excellent Roma tomatoes and the lettuce looking great. Feijoas too for all the kiwis longing for a taste of their younger days. so come and get on what looks...

HI All, well the lettuce is even better this week and there is plenty of rocket. the persimmons are really going well and we have started meyers lemons too! alas, no baby spinach as it just seems to be sitting there and even getting eaten  by grubs – very...

Hi All, Boy whata difference a good week makes!! and do we have some glamour lettuce for you –best we’ve had all year! the Leb Qs are still great, along with the eggplant. not much zucchini or tomatoes so come early for those. two kinds of persimmons the crunchy type...

farm /market blog 16th march2013

hi all well the sun shone and the plants which didn’t get waterlogged are doing fine but unfortunately they are all still too small to pick. the rest are just  sitting there doing nothing. so we have our usual fare but not much so if you are regulars, come early...

Hi all, back to the boss doing the leg work or the blog work we had sun all week but the greens have been so waterlogged that they are going to take weeks to recover. but the pumpkin is good with great Jap and Qld blue as well as GRAMMA for those who like making sweet...

Market Update 02 Mar 13

Hey guys, Katie here! You might know me from the stall at Eveleigh Markets. I’ve been working with Michael at various markets for years now—even before the very first one at Carriageworks! Here’s a little update on what we will and wont have at the markets tomorrow...

HI everyone, sorry not to get this done over the past few weeks but there is lots to do on Friday nights. Well …. we will be there tomorrow with our usual yummy range but we are bringing the horrible weather with us. We have had two days of storms and sudden downpours...

first blog of 2013

HI, well this the boss’s first attempt at blogging so although the spelling will be better than Lee’s I don’t think I can run to his colourful descriptions. As I sit here with rain teeming down its a wonder we have anything for you tomorrow BUT WE DO SO COME ALONG AND...

Market Report, last one for the year.

G’day everyone, I hope by now you are all finished or finishing work and are on holidays. This will be the last market for the year and therefore the last blog for the year. We have everything looking great today, we have normal sized Spanish onions that are the...

Market Report

G’day everyone, how was your week, it’s been busy on the farm, the shops we sell to are starting to stock up before christmas and I would suggest if you can’t make the market next week than you should too. Santa Rosa plums are in, they are good in...

Market Report.

G’day everyone, how was your week? It’s been pretty busy this week for us, we have been getting more plants in the ground for next year. This is the last week for Wilson plums, don’t get too worried though next week we will have Santa Rosa plums....

Market Report

G’day everyone, it been a bit warm I hear. I was in Tamworth this week where it was a bit warmer then here but I had a pool at the motel so I was good. We have had a few dramas today, our cool room compressor decided to pack it in, best of timing, so we have...

Market Report

G’day everyone, how was your week. We’ve been busy planting and playing the catch up game while the weather is being kind to us. Well this week we have some glamour spanish onions, these sweet little beauties would go great in our salad mix with some leb...

Market Report

G’day everyone, it’s been another busy week for us, with enough rain we were able to plough up more land and get some crops in the ground. Some very exciting news our first crop of tomatoes, not sure how long we will have them this crop as we have had some...

Market Report

G’day everyone, I would just like to say thank you to all of you that did a rain dance or prayed to your god or even wished on a falling star because today we had 26mm of rain, which was just about all we needed. There is nothing new this week but the winter...

Market Report

G’gay everyone, how has your week been? Ours here has been warm and dry but productive, we have been tying up our cherry tomato plants and putting up trellis for the beans, and general chores getting things ready so we can plough up after the next lot of rain....

Market Report

G’day everyone it’s been another busy week, we for the first time remember ran out of seedlings before we ran out of room to plant, lucky there is a supplier down the road. I am excited to announce the first cucumber has been picked and will be at Taylor...

Market Report

Usually I start the blog with g’day but today was not a good day for one local family with the tragic death in one of the car crash last night on the freeway. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. This week we have the first zucchinis of the season and...

Market Report

G’day everyone, how was your week, the weather has been a bit of a teaser this week, we have needed the rain but every time it rained it was never enough, so we have been chasing our own tales around. We have tangelos starting this week, beautifully sweet, these...

Market Report

G’day everyone, it’s getting hotter and feels more like summer then spring, but according to some of the old buggers around here you usually get the hottest weather in mid October, and I haven’t been here long enough to argue. Some exciting new...

Market Report

G’day everyone, how good is this warm weather, we have sooo many crops coming along and looking sooo good. We have gold beet this week, they are beautiful to eat and also add an awesome colour to your salad, roast, or juice. The greens look amazing and I know I...

Market Report

G’day everyone, this has been probably the best week for farming, we had good rain and it all fell at night, which has allowed us to get more work done. The produce is looking the best it has all year and is in plenty. A few people have been asking about broad...

Market Report

This week has been really good for me, I was relaxing by the pool having a few coldies, and when I got back we got 4mm of rain, now we can get some planting done. There are still a few emperor mandarines but we have started with the ellendale mandarines, which are...

Market Report

G’day everyone, how was your week? It’s dryzabone here, we have been using over head sprinklers to dampen the ground just to plough up, and the wind isn’t helping keep the moisture in the ground. Nothing new this week but it is the last week for the...

Michaels recipe

1 grapefruit, cut into supremes over a bowl (see discussion above) 1 ripe avocado, cubed or sliced 1/4 red onion, sliced paper thin 1/4 c. best quality extra virgin olive oil 1/2 t. kosher salt 1 t. prepared dijon mustard (like Grey Poupon) black salt and black pepper...

Market Report

G’day everyone, this week we were ploughing up some more beds and the dry weather was a really evident with the ground taking three passes to turn up usable. We have also had our first fire scare, not so much for our farm but for the area, as a properties burn...

Market Report

G’day everyone, how are we all this week, we got our first proper rainfall in 2 months this week, and apart from a fallen tree it has done a world of good. We have some more lemonades this week, the little rippers won’t last long so be in early for them....