Just arrived: first buckets of 2014 Jumbo kalamatas.
Pat and Lina naturally ferment the olives for several months (unlike shop olives that are chemically treated for speed). At every step of the way care is taken to keep to the old, Italian ways. See below for news of Pat and Lina…..
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I now have a small supply of the perfect cast iron pots for baking your sourdough. Anyone who has done one of my workshops will be clambering to get one!
Only taking 2 to the market. Please come and buy from me at home. $45.
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4 Winns Rd., Cygnet
Here’s Pat, from Patlin Gardens who grows the olives and oils I sell, with Jimmy Doherty making a new series about Australian Food Adventures. Pat and Lina are market gardeners north of Adelaide and I love Pat’s sense of humour and natural farming style ; growing his veg between the rows of olive trees. It is lovely to see that he and Lina will be stars soon! There is no-one more committed to the vitality of food than Pat. I hope you will all watch this new series and meet Pat. Those who are devotees of their olives can vouch for their naturally fermented, old style, Italian know how.(Jimmy Doherty (born 24 May 1975) is a Suffolk based farmer and television presenter formerly for the BBC and now for Channel 4, famous for the show Jimmy’s Farm. Friends with Jamie Oliver.)
Pat and Lina’s Olives and Oils
Everyone who goes to the Showgrounds Farmers’ Market in Adelaide knows that Pat and Lina have the best, most organic (uncertified these days) vegetables, olives and oils.
Their stall spreads over 4 normal stall areas and out the front Pat spruiks his wares, whilst trimming garlic, arranging pumpkins or waving bunches of kale at queuing customers. Everyone who enters the marquee has to pass by Pat, who is likely to offer advice on the vitality of fresh organic vegetables and answers your questions on how to cook them or grow them. They grow a lot of Italian things which are unfamiliar to some people but Pat has all the help you need.
His quick wit and cheeky smile attract you immediately to him and he is the centre of focus while the queue slowly files through. Keeping his customers relaxed, educated and happy is important because sometimes the queues are long, so popular are the amazing array of vegetables, none of which has ever seen plastic, from seed to stall. No poly tunnels for Pat and he will tell you why….. all about the off-gassing of plastic and the horrors of plastic production and disposal. I love Pat!
It is from Pat that I learnt about chicory, like the one he is holding in the photo below, that I took at his stall. Now my garden is a haven for all self sown chicories, which are the best winter greens I know and are soooo beautiful too with colours from lime green to.bright red.