Leading the way in Geelong and the Bellarine is the Meredith Dairy, with the milking of sheep and goats continuing year-round to create cheese and yoghurt unrivalled in depth of flavour.
The farm produces its wares in a sustainable way. The grains grown on the farm are used by the dairy animals, the straw is used for bedding, cheese whey is fed to beef cattle and the manure is returned to the soil as fertiliser.
Meredith Dairy’s products are sold across Victoria, including at the Farmer’s Daughter Produce Store in Inverleigh, Lethbridge Wines and at Dorothy’s Kitchen in Meredith - naturally!
Not too far away in Bannockburn, Sage is no ordinary farm.
The 110-acre property is regenerative, with ethically farmed cattle, sheep and chicken housed alongside a market garden that grows fresh produce for sale. The public can visit the farm, purchasing from the PrimeSafe accredited butchery and the Sage Kitchen.
Those on the hunt for seafood should make their way to the Little Mussel Café, an on-site addition at the Advance Mussel Supply, where fresh Portarlington mussels and Angasi oysters are sold fresh off the boat from the sea to customers.
Advance Mussel Supply is a family owned business that has been harvesting in Port Phillip Bay for over 30 years, with growing sites at Clifton Springs and in the Grassy Point aquaculture zone.
Gippsland produce is celebrated on the opposite side of the state, with the Meeniyan Pantry and Cellar delivering a seven-day a week delicatessen and wine store that would rival the best the city has to offer.
The menu features a fantastic selection of fresh meat and cheese, much of which is sourced locally, home-made pickles and preserves and wine from a variety of producers in the region.
Produce purchased at the Pantry and Cellar Door is best complemented by the baked goods of Pandesal Bakery.
A newcomer to the Gippsland area, Pandesal sells a wide-range of fresh breads in various flavours including Tuscan Oliva, Polenta and Pumpkin and Sourdough.
A traditional selection of cakes and slices, including Vanilla Slice, as well as pies, sausage rolls and pasties featuring locally sourced ingredients ensure the ideal country bakehouse experience.
Those with a sweet tooth should make the journey to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie or Platypi Chocolate, not far from the Great Ocean Road in Forrest.
The Yarra Valley Chocolaterie is the brainchild of passionate foodies Ian and Leanne Neeland, where visitors can indulge in their love of chocolate alongside family and friends.
Set amongst one of Australia’s premium wine regions and surrounded by picturesque Yarra Valley vistas, the Chocolaterie combines a stunning showroom, chocolate production area and an all-day café set on forty acres of emerging orchard, landscaped gardens, sweeping lawns and reclaimed wetlands.
Platpyi Chocolate is on nature’s doorstep, providing the latest reason to visit the Otways region. The range is playful, locally connected, with a touch of luxury and decadence, with customers able to try a hot chocolate and tasty lunch diving in to the delicious desserts and chocolates, all hand-made on site.
A produce tour is not complete without an aperitif, and what better send off to a day-trip of indulgence than a Four Pillars Shiraz Gin.
The 2018 collection is due to land this winter, with last year’s range arguably the hottest property in Victorian distillery produce.
Not to be outdone are the team at Loch Gin, with their Satsuma range entering the market to complement existing offerings of boutique beer and classic dry gin.
Taste the afternoon away at their Cellar Door, operated by Craig Johnson and Melinda Davies near Wilson’s Promontory.
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