Jjara’s Farmgate began life as a small veggie patch, and excess produce was placed on the nature strip for locals to take home. But then the excess became abundant enough to open a small farm shop in the shed, which then matured into a cafe and food store in 2010.
The four-acre property holds fruit and olives trees, rows of seasonal vegetables, a small vineyard and beehives. The kitchen uses organic produce from the garden (and other locally sourced ingredients) in homey breakfast and lunch dishes, and also makes the pickles, preserves and jams that line the shop shelves.
Coffee comes from Yarragon roastery Swig Coffee, there’s house wine (made from the grapes outside) and plenty of gluten-free and vegan options. Among the larder is local bread from San Remo Bakehouse and Hope Farm, Fish Creek olive oil, Annie’s free-range eggs and organic produce from the garden and other local growers.
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