A Guide To Buying Fresh Produce In The Southern Highlands
We’re huge advocates for supporting small businesses and now more than ever, they need our help. As supermarkets feel the pressure of keeping shelves stocked thanks to the crazy panic buying that’s happening (crazzzzzzy – please stop!), it’s our local butchers, bakers, candlestick makers…..no wait, that’s not right! Let’s try that again….
It’s our local butchers, bakers, grocers, providores and farmers that are keeping our pantries and fridges well-stocked.
So, if you’re over lining up at the supermarket, support these small, family owned businesses – not just now, but after this nutso pandemic stuff is over too! These guys have been there for us forever! So let’s return the love - now and into the future.
BUTCHERS & DELICATESSENS
The thing we love about our local butchers is that many of them either run their own cattle locally or source their meat from local or surrounding areas. That’s why the quality is so good. Maugers Meats sell 100% grass fed lamb and beef that has been sustainably raised right here in the Southern Highlands. You can even order online and have it delivered to you.
And local deli’s are awesome for stocking up on a variety of smoked meats and cold cuts (and many have yummo cheeses on offer too!). Just check in with them before you go - give them a buzz. Things are changing on a daily basis so deli's that were set up in cafes may have a different offering now.
There is nothing better than freshly baked bread: the smell, the softness, the taste, the carbs…..! Wait. Oh, who cares about carbs? When it’s freshly baked the carbs don’t count, right?
Here’s a list of bakeries in the Highlands so you can stock up on all the freshly baked goodness and maybe get yourself a sweet treat while you’re there – hello custard tart!)
FRUIT & VEGGIE STORES, FARMER'S MARKETS AND PANTRY STAPLES
There are lots of places to pick up fresh fruit & veggies and delicious pantry staples. Here’s a list!
A shout out to the local fresh fruit & veggie stores. So many of them stock produce from farms in the Highlands and surrounding areas. Great for the viability of our amazing farmers.
South Hill Kitchen on Boolwey Street have locally grown produce (harvested daily), bread, milk, eggs, coffee beans and more available to buy online for delivery or for pick up at the cafe (and you can pick up a takeaway while you're there!). Delicious ready-made meals and takeaway wine and beer as well! Easy.
The Loch has fresh produce grown on site and ready made meals available every Sunday. You can pick your order up each Sunday or contact them for home delivery.
Don’t forget you can head to The Source Bulk Foods in Springett's Arcade to stock up on pantry staples (and choccies!) too. Raw & Wild Market in Bowral have got their shelves fully stocked with fresh produce and grocery items.
And we do love Mrs Oldbucks Pantry’s huge range of teas. Oh, and lots of local cafes sell coffee beans too, so check in with your local barista when you're there picking up your takeaway coffee!
Our local markets are a great source of fresh produce, homemade pantry items and lots more. There are some closing because of this whole crazy coronavirus situation so make sure you check in with them first or keep an eye on our Markets in the Southern Highlands article to stay up to date.
The Mill Farmers Market have created a virtual farmers market! This is an AWESOME idea! You can still access the fresh, local market produce on a weekly basis. Just head to their website, Facebook or Instagram page to check out the produce available and DM them your order. They'll organise payment and you can just drive through for pick up. If you are a local producer, get in touch with The Mill to get involved. This is a fabuous initiative to provide locals with fresh produce and a wonderful opportunity for growers to sell their produce too.
Here's a list of more fresh fruit and veg handy home delivery options.
The Highlands Producer's Box from Moonacres is a weekly collection of Moonacres produce along with some of their hardworking neighbours! Each box contains a selection of certified organic vegetables from Moonacres Farm, produce from Brillig Farm, Moonacres Kitchen sourdough bread and our cultured butter, Jamberoo Mountain Farm eggs, Pecora Dairy cheese, and if you choose, a bottle of Ari's Natural Wine's Chardonnay Sauvignon Blanc. Pick-up Wednesdays between 12pm and 3pm. $75 per box + $45 with wine.
The Press Shop in Bowral have created a corner store behind that pretty door! You'll find eggs, milk, butter, bacon and other produce from local growers and suppliers, along with pantry staples, bread and ready made meals.
Centennial Vineyards Restuarant is now offering fruti and vegetable boxes availalbe for delivery or takeaway at $48, along with a list of yummy ready-made meals. Follow them on thier socials for menu updates.
We have so many gorgeous villages tucked away in the Highlands, and most of them have a general store that keep those villages ticking over with fresh food - many of it sourced and made locally!. And it's a great way to save yourself a drive into the bigger towns.
Check in with them with a quick phone call or check their socials first. A number of these guys have cafes as part of their fab service so have had to rejig things around recently. Just touch base with them first to see what they're offering is.
We have lots of fabulous cellar doors, breweries and distilleries on our doorstep. Support our local wine, beer and spirit producers by buying direct from their cellar doors (this is still allowed - they just can't have onsite tastings). Lots of them have online options too, which means it gets delivered to your door! Fab!
And there are lots of local bottle shops and specialty liquor stores that not only stock a huge range of international wines and bevvies, but stock local deliciousness too.
So, there you go! Support local, avoid the craziness and long lines at the supermarket and keep your fridge and pantry stocked up with awesome local goodness!