where to find the
fleurieu's fresh produce
Posted: 24 June 2018
The Fleurieu Peninsula is paradise for foodies. Jam-packed with incredible fresh produce, from the famous Goolwa pipis and Coorong mullet to organic fruit and vegetables, hand-made cheese and top-quality meats, this beautiful part of South Australia will delight your tastebuds. Here’s a quick rundown on where to find some of the Fleurieu’s best fresh produce.
Photo: Goolwa Pipi Co
The Fleurieu Peninsula is home to clean, bountiful waters from which a range of local seafood is sourced, ranging from Coorong mullet to King George whiting, cockles, scallops, garfish and mulloway. But let’s talk about Coorong mullet for a moment. If you haven’t tasted this fish, you’re missing out. It’s the regional specialty of the Fleurieu Peninsula, and it’s famous for its strong, rich flavour and moist, oily flesh. You’ll find it on the menus of lots of local restaurants, or for something a little more casual, pop into Bombora Café down at Goolwa Beach and order yourself a mullet burger. Hoad Fisheries also sell it straight off the boats at Hindmarsh Island. Goolwa pipis, also known as cockles, are another specialty of the Fleurieu region. These little delicacies are super tasty, especially when cooked up in a broth of white wine, chilli and garlic. Find them at Goolwa Pipi Co in Port Elliot, Hoad Fisheries at Hindmarsh Island and on plenty of local restaurant menus.
Photo:Hindmarsh Valley Dairy
The rolling hills of the Fleurieu Peninsula are heaven for dairy cows. And happy cows means top-quality dairy goods, which is exactly what you’ll get. The Fleurieu Milk Company produces old-fashioned, un-homogenised whole milk which is creamy, rich and will remind you of your childhood. Seavewe Artisan Sheep Dairy and Cheesery, Hay Flat are Artisan cheese makers, made 100% from milk produced in their own dairy. Make sure you also sample the delicious range of cheeses at Alexandrina Cheese Co in Mount Jagged, you can find their goodies, as well as biodynamic producers B.-d. Farm Paris Creek, at the Willunga Farmers Market and at various stockists around the region. And don't forget Blessed Cheese in McLaren Vale which stocks a variety of local cheeses (the coffee ain't bad either). If goat milk’s your thing, the team at Hindmarsh Valley Dairy make excellent specialty goat cheeses as well as cremè fraîche, yoghurt and goat’s curd.
FRUIT AND VEG
Photo: Harvest the Fleurieu
The region’s rich, high-quality soils and mild maritime climate mean that growing conditions for fruit and vegetables are optimal. Not surprisingly, the region’s farmer’s markets are the best place to find the freshest locally-grown fruit and veg, so time your visit accordingly to stock up. There are several other places you can pick up freshly grown fruit and vegetables from, including McCarthy’s Orchard in McLaren Vale, which has a cool room open to the public seven days a week. In Mount Compass, you can pick your own strawberries at Harvest the Fleurieu and blueberries at The Blueberry Patch. The Fleurieu Peninsula (Willunga, in particular) is also South Australia’s historical home of almonds; freshly grown almonds can be found at the Blue Cottage Almond stall at the Willunga Farmers Market and at the Almond Train in McLaren Vale. If olives are your thing, you’re in luck; they’re grown prolifically here – in fact, they’re the region’s biggest agricultural product after wine grapes. Olives and olive products can be found all over the region; a few options include Coriole, Hugo and Primo Estate wineries which all produce their own olive oil, and Harvest the Fleurieu in Mount Compass which stocks the awarded extra virgin oils from Nangkita Olives.
The excellent growing conditions and passionate farming community of the Fleurieu Peninsula results in an array of top-quality meats. Najobe Park, which has a store in Strathalbyn, is renowned for its excellent free-range grass-fed beef, ethically-raised Rascal Jack pork and Zara Grace lamb. It’s also worth a visit to Wakefield Grange Butchery & Grocer in Yankalilla, where you can find beef and lamb reared on a local Wattle Flat farm, in addition to local cheeses and fresh organic produce. For something a little different, Fleurieu Prime Alpacas of Mount Compass make all sorts of alpaca meat products, from chorizo and smoked goods to burger patties and fillets. A variety of these delicious meats are available at the region’s local farmers’ markets and butcheries; Ellis Butchers in McLaren Vale or Hamlet’s Meats in Willunga are particularly popular for their excellent range, which includes hand-made smallgoods.
coffee, tea and sweet treats
If you’re on the hunt for baked goods, Home Grain Bakery will answer all your pastry prayers. This local franchise of regional bakeries are famed for their artisan bread as well as excellent pies and pastries, and can be found in McLaren Flat, Aldinga, Middleton, Mt Compass and Morphett Vale. If you’re a coffee fiend, be sure to scope out local roasters De Groot Coffee Co in Port Elliot, Goodness Coffee Co in Aldinga and Dawn Patrol Coffee in Kangarilla. But if you prefer tea, Dandy Tea Co makes hand-blended traditional, herbal and fruit teas using South Australian produce. For chocolate and pastry lovers, Four Winds Chocolate in Willunga is an essential pit-stop (head to their Instagram to see what flavour filled doughnuts they’re concocting) or jump in line at one of the Fleurieu's popular bakeries such as Yankalilla or Port Elliot. And if you like honey, check out Do Bee Honey in Aldinga Beach or at the Willunga Farmers Markets.
We could bang on forever about the wonders of the produce on the Fleurieu. Why don't you come taste test for yourself? Head to our where to stay and what's on pages for details and check out our instagram page @officialfleurieupeninsula for inspo.