These chickens, available from tomorrow, are so far from the mass produced supermarket variety that you can’t really make a comparison. Open pasture raised and truly ethically farmed. 🙌 . Posted @withregram • @byrongrassfed Very happy to be working with @mistycreek.agroforestry to bring open pasture raised chicken back to @mullumfarmersmkt tomorrow!! These chickens are not your ordinary chicken. They live happily outside scratching and foraging, dust bathing and sun bathing eating weeds grasses and insects. They are bigger than the norm as we want to give them maximum time on the pasture for a happier healthy life for them and us. We can feel very confident in the way they were processed (killed) as we did it ourselves at the local abattoir just 10 minutes down the road. Full responsibility of these chickens are taken by the farmer from day old to day sold. This to me is the only way we should consume chicken, yes it costs more and it should. It’s a hell of a lot harder to raise chickens ethically that actually improve soil. There is a massive ecosystem service provided with this way of farming which we all benefit from. We can vote every single day with our food choices. It’s healthy food for us and planet that really should be our number one priority. #bitofarant #pastureraised #pasturedpoultry #community #organic #regenerativeagriculture #regeneration #supportlocal #farmingcommunity #chicken #openpastureraised #mullumbimby #farmersmarket #byronbay #byronbayfood #byronfarmers #localfood #ethical ... See MoreSee Less
KNOW YOUR FARMER: Tim Stone, Grumpy Grandma's Olives & Oils . If you've been shopping at the market for a while, you’ll remember Denyse Hodgson, aka Grumpy Grandma, the no-nonsense lady with the best olives in town. She and husband Alan retired a few years ago, but to the relief of their many loyal customers their stall and products remained.
Rosebank couple Tim Stone and Lynne Ziehlke took on the business, and have stayed true to the formula that has made it so successful, using the same methods and processes as their predecessors to make the delicious olives, olive oil and olive products Grumpy Grandma’s is known for.
Tim, a former TV producer, says he and Lynne were thrilled when the chance to buy the business arose.
‘We’d been coming to the markets for ten years and knew exactly what the product was, so we saw it as a great opportunity.’
Tim also saw it as a way to spend more time on the property he and Lynne moved to a decade ago. For the first five years he had continued to commute to Sydney for work, and says getting on the plane each week became more difficult as time went on.
‘It was such a shame to have to leave every Sunday,’ he said.
Their Rosebank farm is now Grumpy Grandma's headquarters, home to Tim and Lynne’s olive grove, and the place where the magic olive curing process happens. Unlike mass produced commercial olives, which are often processed using lye, or caustic soda, Grumpy Grandma’s are cured using just salt, water, vinegar and fermentation. It’s a slower process, but one which results in a much better flavour. The farm is also where Tim and Lynne make other goodies like wood-smoked olives and their incredibly moreish semi-dried olives.
Tim says he loves farm life, and being at the farmers markets every week.
‘What better place to work - you've got music, sunshine, everyone's outdoors…being part of the community has been absolutely fantastic.’ . (P.S. Tim has also just become a grandpa for the first time, but promises us he’s not going to be grumpy 🙂) . #olives #oliveoil #localfood #localfarmers ... See MoreSee Less
The hoodies are here!! If you put in an order for one of these, it’ll be available for pick up at the market tomorrow. We might even have a few spares if you missed out on the order (but get in quick as we only have a couple). . For everyone who has been patiently waiting for our new t-shirt sizes, we’ll also have those tomorrow. Come and check it out at the manager’s tent. 👍 ... See MoreSee Less
✨NEW ✨at the market this week... A chocolate version of Woodland Valley Farm’s delicious Duck Egg Custard, made with @woodlandvalleyfarm fresh pastured eggs, full cream Jersey milk from the Allard Dairy at Burringbar (home of our cheese maker extraordinaire Debra Allard @debra_allard_cheesie) and dark chocolate. We’re already drooling 😋 ... See MoreSee Less
A little snapshot from the TROPO farm walk at the weekend, hosted by our stallholders Rod and Tania Bruin of Summit Organics on their farm at Tyalgum. It’s so good to see where your produce comes from, and especially when it comes from a place like this, with such healthy, life-filled soil and happy plants. . If you want to know more about TROPO (Tweed Richmond Organic Producers Organisation) and what they do, head over to their page Tweed Richmond Organic Producers Organisation #knowyourfood #knowyourfarmer #organicfarming ... See MoreSee Less
KNOW YOUR FARMER: Earlier this week we visited David Montgomery, of our stall Monty’s, at his farm near Murwillumbah. David has been growing strawberries for almost 30 years, and has got it down to a fine art, producing sweet and full flavoured berries year after year. It starts with organic plants, which are grown in organic potting mix, and watered with local spring water. All fruit is picked fresh for the market so that it is fully ripe (supermarket berries are often picked under-ripe so they can stand up to being transported long distances). Berries are also meticulously selected by David so that each and every strawberry is in perfect condition and full of flavour. David tells us producing the best strawberries possible is his way of making sure his customers come back week after week. The local strawberry season has just kicked off and will run until about December, so there’ll be lots of beautiful berries to enjoy from now. You’ll find the Monty’s stall at the market each week, near the Honey Wagon and Mt Chowan Organics. 🍓🍓🍓 ... See MoreSee Less
Cheaper, better and nicer. Ain’t that the truth 🙌 . Posted @withregram • @rainforestfoods This is my shopping bag from the @mullumfarmersmkt last week. Doing my groceries at the farmers market has been cheaper than a supermarket, the quality is better and there’s something so nice about meeting the farmers! This hoard cost me just under $40, from a grocery store it be closer to $50. Farmers markets have everything from fruits & veg, cheese and meats. Hope to see you at a market soon! Tomorrow we will be at @byronfarmers. #shoplocal #supportfarmers #farmersmarket #betterqualityipromise #macadamias #apples #greens #fresh #organic #delicious ... See MoreSee Less