Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Local loveliness

On Saturday mornings, regional produce markets pop up in country towns across Australia. We visited ours on the weekend.

It is a colourful snapshot of what is in season; produce freshly picked and sold by the growers direct to the public. As a farm-raised girl, I love to chat with the farmers, and tease them into divulging their secrets for growing such quality produce.

I have recently discovered one lady who champions quality produce in our region. Sophie is a food writer and has a blog called Local is Lovely. Her blog is a visual feast that celebrates the very best food in our region, including her family's own venison.

Sophie's blog is a genuine source of inspiration for me on the days when I'm stuck for something interesting to cook, or when I need to pull something a bit special out of the bag. 

She generously posts many seasonal produce recipes, and a brilliant Friday List of foodie 'must-reads'.

So when my fruit bowl was spilling over with late summer peaches, it seemed inevitable that they should be transformed into Sophie's peach & custard shortcake. A very lovely way to end a stunning central west Autumn Saturday!


  1. Gorgeous and very colourful post!!

  2. Looks divine. Thanks for the blog tip - it's nice to find blogs in the southern hemisphere so we are in sync with the fresh produce.

  3. Mmm, yum! Love farmers markets, there are perks to having a stall at my local :-)

  4. Oh my goodness- the intensity of your colours has quite taken my breath away!

  5. What a lovely post - gorgeous photos!

  6. Wow!
    What wonderful colours end products!


  7. Mmmmm... what a beautiful market and such pretty pictures. I can feel the sunshine!

  8. I must admit, I am often lost for inspiration when it comes to the daily routine of mealtimes ... so I look forward to going to Sophie's blog as a source of inspiration. Thanks!

  9. I recognize a few of those labels etc :) Wish I could use fruit and veges before they go off :(


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