Organic farms open their doors for National Organic Week

Posted by Editorial on 15th October 2008

Australian organic operators have opened up their fields, farms and fresh produce for those ready to experience organic this National Organic Week (Saturday the 11th – Sunday the 19th October).

A smorgasbord of organic is available over the remaining five days of the event.

Farm Tour Rosnay Wines, Canowindra, NSW, Saturday 18th Oct 10am – 4pm

As the first certified organic wine producers in the Cowra region, Rosnay Wines are well equipped to connect food and wine connoisseurs with organic.

In conjunction with National Organic Week (NOW), Rosnay will host an organic Farm Tour Feast for additive-free appetites at their property in the Belubula Valley, four hours from Sydney and an hour from Orange.

Participants are invited to a farm BBQ featuring home-grown organic lamb chops, local organic veggies from neighbouring Rivers Road properties, organic sour dough bread, Rosnay organic olive oil and olives; and the latest in the range of Rosnay’s award-winning organic wines.

Curious foodies will find out more about their food origins over an organic property tour. Rosnay farmers and vignerons will be on hand to explain how farms and soil are managed organically. Cost is $10.

Kings Cross Organic Food and Farmers Markets, Sydney, NSW, Saturday, 18th Oct 8am – 3pm

With five food markets delivering fresh certified organics to Sydney, the Organic Food and Farmers Markets has been a staple of sustainable Sydney-sider diets since 1995.

Elizabeth Taylor, founder, says N.O.W is a good opportunity to refocus on the reasons for the markets beginnings.

“We opened our first market in Australia at French’s Forest, with the aim of providing quality, fresh, organic fruit and veg at a market price that benefited both shoppers and farmers,” she said. “Since then we’ve established markets for organic fresh produce wherever we could find space! – Fitzroy Gardens, Orange Grove Public School, St Ives Show-Ground and Addison Rd.”

Ms Taylor notes that market popularity has risen, with people seeking organic for diverse reasons. “Those who are health-aware, pregnant, ill, or recovering from illness, and those with children who have food allergies. But currently, what’s most evident is people are out looking for flavour!”

Ceres Environment Park and Organic markets, East Brunswick VIC, Wednesday Oct 15th & Sat Oct 18th 9am – 1pm

Set in Ceres Environment Park – a centre for community involvement in sustainable living – Ceres Organic Markets offers organic fresh food produced on-site from their own gardens, as well as goods from social food enterprises.

Keeping organic close to the concept of sustainability, food miles information is available for all produce.

“We sell what we grow. We’ve got our own propagation area which is run by volunteers as well as a small organic grocery store, and an organic café,” Michelle Sanahon (Ceres) advised.

The environment park ties organic in closely with more environmentally friendly living, with the park also featuring a bicycle donation and repair centre, sustainable school tours, an eco-home, and worm-farms.