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Edwina and Louis Scherini run the Natural Olive Oil Soap Factory in Margaret
River, making products from olive oil (sold around the world). They also produce
estate-grown olive oil under the Vasse Virgin label, which also has table olives
and tapenades. Edwina shares her tips for sourcing other produce in the region.
What are some of your favourite farm-gate shops in the area?
McHenry Hohnen has the most tender and flavoursome organic pork and
lamb, grown on their farm in the Margaret River region. You can see into
the butchers’ area and watch the meat being prepared, packed and sold
from their farm gate shop on Caves Road. Yallingup Woodfired Bread is
baked the old-fashioned way in a wood-fired oven. The bread has that
slightly smoky flavour with a thick, robust crust. It is popular, so make the
trip in the morning or you may miss out.
What kind of fresh produce can people source in summer?
Salad vegies at the Farmers Market in Margaret River. There’s lettuce,
carrots, corn on the cob, and tomatoes that taste like tomatoes used to
taste! You can also buy sheep cheeses, organic free-range eggs, organic
beef, avocados, jams and pickles, honey and cakes – all made locally.
Where can you source picnic supplies?
Margaret Riviera in Cowaramup produces gourmet sauces, pickles and
jams, plus freshly made soups, cold meats and cheeses. If you’re partial
to a Papillon Roquefort, Hay Shed Hill winery has the best selection of
gourmet local and international cheeses at their cafe. They also have lip-
smacking gourmet pizza, using fresh produce from their kitchen garden.
Eat it on the lawn or take some to the beach for a sunset picnic.
It’s a natural fit: wine, beauty and food. The demands of gourmands are
met in the Margaret River region. Its winery restaurants are considered the
best in Australia, but you don’t have to eat out to sample the flavour of the
place. Farm gate shops sell local olive oil, cheese, nuts, chocolate, ice-
cream, coffee, bread, nougat and chutneys. Niche butchers exist in tiny
hamlets. The fortnightly Saturday farmers market in the Margaret River
Community Centre sells everything that’s in season, plus year-round
staples. Gourmet providores are dotted around. Take-home chutneys give
a taste of the region after you’ve left. Speaking of which, Perth’s new Be
Tempted store (shop 46 London Court) sells Margaret River produce that
can transport you there when you can’t get away.
Simon Beaton is the owner and chef of Dunsborough’s highly regarded The Food
Farmacy restaurant. He shares his tips on eating around the region.
Where have you been eating out?
We’ve been enjoying good casual lunches at Hay Shed Hill winery and
Palmer Wines. They’re not the most well-recognised food places but
they’re still doing great food – very fresh and produce-driven.
We love going to The Cape Wine Bar in Dunsborough. On weekends it’s
more tapas bar food but mid-week they do a full a la carte menu.
Any off-beat food experiences?
Samudra in Dunsborough is doing macrobiotics and organic food. There’s
a garden at the restaurant where they produce fruits, vegies and herbs.
Where do you source local produce?
We use as much as we can. It’s environmentally friendly and it’s what the
customer expects. We use Dardanup beef, and also grass-fed beef from a
new supplier in Yallingup. Capel marron has been on the menu from day
one – we won’t take it off. All our seafood is line-caught and seasonal.
WINING AND DINING
FRESH LOCAL PRODUCE
Margaret River Chocolate Factory
Vines at Hay Shed Hill Estate vineyard
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