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Published April 6th 2016
Pick your own strawberries September till end of May
There is a growing understanding in our community about the Slow Food Movement. It has to do with lifestyle, about taking the time needed to cook good food properly and about enhancing the personal connection between food producers and consumers. It's also about reducing our reliance on mass-produced foods purchased from supermarket monopolies.
Goolwa became Australia's very first Cittaslow (slow town) in 2007 and is ideally located, on the Fleurieu Peninsula, to benefit from the blessings of local produce.
Nearby, in Mount Compass, there's a brand new place to source these blessings.
You might have seen the caravan, painted like a giant strawberry, next to the strawberry farm just outside Mount Compass township. Well, it has morphed into a giant market hall which has far more produce than the strawberry caravan did. And it has a cafe.
Harvest the Fleurieu market hall and cafe was officially opened on Wednesday April 6. In attendance were the Honorable Robert Brokenshire MLC and Alexandrina mayor Mr Keith Parkes, both of whom made lovely speeches. Lots of locals, a few bank officials and the Town Crier, Mike, from Victor Harbor, also dropped in to celebrate with owners, the Sherry family.
The Cafe is open from 8.30am until 5pm and serves pancakes, toasties, waffles and a selection of regional platters. Needless to say, everything is sourced locally (except, says Vanessa, the sugar and the chocolate dip for strawberries, which can't be found on the Fleurieu and therefore come from Queensland).
Vanessa has plans to run workshops at the market hall, whereby children pick their own strawberries then make them into strawberry jam to take home. What a wonderful idea to help children learn where their food really comes from.
In the meantime, why not take the kids strawberry picking at Harvest the Fleurieu strawberry farm any day of the week, 9am till 4pm from September until the end of May (weather permitting). Maybe you might even make jam with them.