South Australia’s primary producers are doing it tough. With Covid-19 wreaking havoc on the hospitality industry, venues – the ones that are still open – are struggling to break even. Consequently, many have scaled back or entirely stopped their produce orders. Suppliers and farmers across the state have been affected, with smaller suppliers particularly concerned that large commercial operations could now drive them out of the market.
But there’s hope: many producers have responded remarkably quickly to the situation they’ve found themselves in, and have turned to – or increased – direct sales in an effort to keep themselves in business. Next time you need to shop for food, consider keeping these local producers in mind.
Fruit and vegetables
Ngeringa farm supplies some of Adelaide’s best restaurants with fruit and vegetables, including Africola and Leigh Street Wine Room. Its biodynamic vegetable boxes – full of seasonal, hand-picked veggies – are available to pick up from the cellar door on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Find out more here.
K&R Produce is a family-run farm in Murray Bridge that’s been operating for more than two decades. Because restaurant demand for their produce has dwindled, owners Kasim and Reyhan teamed up with Chefs on Wheels to sell seasonal fruit and vegetable boxes. They cost $45 and are available for pick up or delivery.
A range of fruit and vegetable stalls in the Adelaide Central Market are also delivering, including House of Organics, Seven Brothers and Fred McMahon. Details here.
Nomad Farms is an award-winning, regenerative farm located in the Finniss Valley on the Fleurieu Peninsula, and a supplier for Shobosho and Sparkke at the Whitmore. Level up your dinners with an online order of pasture-raised chicken (available whole or in mixed cuts) and 100 per cent grass-fed beef. While you’re there, you can order eggs from Falkai Farm (it’s part of the same property).
Boston Bay Smallgoods is selling 10-kilogram meat boxes(assorted cuts, packed in meal sizes for four people) at $14 per kilogram, with the option to add on kransky, chorizo or boneless ham. Pick up is at Rostrevor or Cavan.
The state’s first buffalo dairy farm, South Australian Buffalo Company, supplies the likes of Woodside Cheese Wrights and the Barossa Valley Cheese Company. You can order its buffalo curd through Woodside, and its Buffalo Persian Feta is included in Woodside’s new range of Easter cheese hampers.
La Casa Del Formaggio’s store in Glynde is open for pick-up. Call ahead to order its Italian-style cheeses including bocconcini, fresh mozzarella and burrata. La Vera in Newton is doing the same, and currently selling packs of five cheeses – including blue, camembert and brie – for $25. Email or call to place an order.
Adelaide Central Market stalls Say Cheese, The Smelly Cheese Shop and Les Deux Coqs are also delivering.
Fish and seafood
Gazander Oysters has three, five and 10-dozen bags of unshucked oysters available for pick-up or delivery. It’s sold out for the Easter long weekend, but will provide an update if there’s any excess you can get your hands on.
Bight redfish, barramundi and Coorong mullet are among the fresh, pre-packed fish you can order online from Angelakis Brothers. If crustaceans are more your thing, Spencer Gulf King Prawns can be ordered to pick up from a range of stockists.