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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Mornington Peninsula Produce Outlets

There is such a bounty of fresh local produce, a Mornington Peninsula Gourmet group has been set up to harness the wealth of farm-gate producers, makers of preserves, and restaurants that feature local produce, with a seasonal guide and map available at www.mpgourmet.com.au. Pick up a copy from the Mornington Peninsula Visitor Center (359B Pt Nepean Rd, Dromana. In summer look for cherries, berries, blackcurrents, strawberries and nectarines. In winter there are apples, pears, nashi pears, avocados, asparagus and quinces. Below are the best of the Mornington Peninsula Produce Outlets.

Red Hill Cheese
Red Hill Cheese located at 81 William Rd, Red Hill produces divine artisan cheeses handmade on the farm.
Gold award winning cheeses such as the delicate Misty Valley goats cheese, Mountain Goat Blue and semi-matured Paradigm Log. Open Sat-Sun and public holidays from 12:00pm to 5pm, daily from 27 Dec to 27 Jan.

Red Hill Brewery
Enjoy fine hand-crafted ales from Red Hill Brewery located at 88 Shoreham Rd, Red Hill South. The cafe serves European dishes to match with beer friendly food or just drop by for a beer tasting. Open Thur-Sun and public holidays from 11am to 5pm.

Ellisfield Farm
Pick seasonal cherries, plums and quinces at Ellisfield Farm located at 109 McIIroys Rd, Red Hill. Try the morello cherry balsamic-style vinegar, local olive oils and jams, and ice-cream. Open daily Dec-Jan 9am to 4pm subject to availability of fruit.

Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm
In Main Ridge, pick strawberries, raspberries and cherries in season at Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm (cnr Mornington-Flinders and Shanks Rds). Savour fruit wines, ice-creams, jams and preserves. Open daily 9am to 5pm (until 4:30pm if picking).

Main Ridge Dairy
Located at 295 Main Creek Road, Main Ridge, this award winning cheesery is famous for its farmhouse goat cheeses and goat dairy tours. Open from 11am to 4pm Sat – Mon.

Flinders Farm
Flinders Farm located at 2071 Boneo Rd, Flinders offers tomatoes from the farm gate daily. Open from 9:30am to 5:30pm.

Mornington Peninsula Chocolates
Producers of exquisite handmade chocolates, using the finest Belgian & Swiss Couverture. If it is just a taste you are after try the Chocolate Tester for $2 where you can sample three of the divine chocolates. Located at 45 Cook St, Flinders. Open Wed-Mon from 11am to 5pm.

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