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Published July 10th 2012
Showcasing the Goulburn River Valley's diverse range of quality fresh and packaged produce is Lloyds Produce Store in Kialla.
Sampling terrific wines from the region
If you wish to taste, see and experience the flavours this region has to offer, you will be able to do so at Lloyds Produce Store.
Upon entering, we were immediately offered a glass of basil cordial. Despite sounding like a salad dressing, it was refreshing to discover that it was quite a lovely drink.
Walking to the bar, we were in invited to sample the regions wine and liquors.
For the first time we nearly made it out without any purchases, alas our undoing was the cherry cream liquor, and at $22 for a very reasonable size bottle, we are sure to enjoy this for a while to come.
Gorgeous home-made produce
We sampled chutney, nuts and oils from the region and there was even home made gelati and ice cream being offered.
In a large room to one side they had an interesting, albeit rather small, art gallery filled with paintings from local artists. It is free to browse, admire and then even purchase some paintings if you would like to take home a very special souvenir of the region.
It seems that it is not only us who are fond of Lloyds Produce Store, as the newly opened Lloyds Produce Store, at Emerald Bank in South Shepparton, has quickly captured the interest and taste buds, of locals and visitors.
Since it opened its doors in October, the store has proven a hit with gourmet food lovers, shoppers who support locally grown and made products and lovers of seasonal fruits and vegetables. The growing range of products include local Wagyu and Angus beef, pork, and goat meat, wine, cheese, olives, preserves, sauces, fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables.
Sweets, pickles, preserves and cordials
Most of the products are sourced from the Goulburn River Valley region which includes Strathbogie, Mitchell, Murrindindi and Shepparton Shires and all are Australian made.
Manager, Cheryl Hammer, says the concept has been well received and customers are already returning regularly to stock up on their favourite find.
Who would have thought Elder Flower cordial, pickled walnuts, mandarin jam would be so popular?
"We have a Kaffir Lime Syrup which is to die for over ice cream or in your champagne, the products are just so different," Cheryl said.
Art on display from local artists
A number of products are always available for tastings, and staff are happy to suggest combinations to customers to make a hamper, design an interesting platter or just add to the family dinner plate.
Lloyd Produce Store is open 7 days a week from 10 am and is the perfect place to discover all the yummy things that come from the area.