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Roadside Shopping in Rosebud

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by FIONA (subscribe)
I am a travel writer loving Australia.
Published May 5th 2012

As marketing chains get bigger and the urban sprawl takes hold, one thing any suburbanite may believe they are missing out on is good old fashioned home grown produce. Well here on the Peninsula, we have got it. In fact you could say the Mornington Peninsula has got it all, from surf and fun, to cafes to museums, and yes, you guessed it, to farmland. Whilst cruising through the Peninsula, keep an eye out for roadside signs where you can purchase fresh groceries that will not only match the supermarket bought ones for price, but will also outlast them.

First stop is Brian's on Boneo Road. You will find his farm, that has been in his family for over 55 years, on the outbound side of Boneo Road, just after Bunnings. This hobby farmer has an amazing selection of fresh produce and plants. All the veggies you could ever need, with pumpkin, carrots, beetroot and beans. He also grows fresh herbs, succulents, flowering plants cacti and even Bay trees.

Directly across the road you will find a hobby egg farmer. So after you load up with your veggies pop over. The classic honour system applies here, one you will find alive and well on the Southern Peninsula, with a fridge in the drive with the eggs and a box for the money. At five dollars a dozen and a longer lifespan that the ones from the supermarket, these eggs are the freshest money can buy.

Then get back in your car and drive a little further down and you will see grower Arnotts has fresh Butternut Pumpkins out the front. Prices range from 50 cents to three dollars.

Drive a little further and you will find fresh potatoes direct for sale from the grower. Hawkes Farm store sells six varieties of potatoes for $1 a kilo as well as some seasonal produce. Varieties include Nicola, King Edward, Exton, Ranger Russett, Sebago and Kipfler.

Other direct sellers include avocados in Red Hill, strawberries and cherries. So be sure to keep your eyes peeled, you may not even need to visit the shops while you are here.

If you know of a direct seller on the Peninsula or you are one let me know, so I can spread the word.
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Why? Buy fresh from local growers
When: All year around
Where: Rosebud
Cost: varies
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