I had heard from some people in the know about the magical things happening at Buena Vista Farm, so on Saturday I headed down there with a friend to attend their ‘From Scratch‘ workshop. As soon as we arrived we both wished we had booked into a local BnB to stay the night. The farm is in Gerringong, which if you haven’t been is basically idyllic countryside meets beach and ocean. Just look at that view from the kitchen garden!!!
Buena Vista Farm is run by Fiona and Adam, and among many wonderful things they run food workshops from their commercial kitchen. The ‘From Scratch’ workshop aims to teach participants basic skills to make delicious, simple food. We’re talking yoghurt and sourdough and pickles, people. After coffee and cake, the day started with a farm walk. Fiona and Adam showed us their egg chickens, meat chickens, pigs and chicks, and explained how their farm works. There was also an amazing kitten. We spent some time in the market and kitchen gardens picking beautiful fresh veggies and herbs for our recipes.
Then we moved on to the kitchen. Here is the full list of everything we made and took home: sourdough loaf, yoghurt, pickled cucumbers, biscuits, rhubarb jam, rosemary and sea salt crackers and butter. Fiona was also kind enough to let us take cuttings from her rather spectacular rosemary plant, (I swear it is the best smelling rosemary I’ve ever come across), plus handfuls of freshly picked, shiny chilies. As well as coming away with a bag full of all this deliciousness, we were served a wonderful lunch – everything freshly made from farm ingredients. Such a brilliant day. If you love to cook, go do this workshop. You will learn so much. Fiona and Adam are lovely, and it is great to see how they have made this awesomely sustainable farm work for them. You can read lots more about them on their website and blog.
I also bought some of their eggs, so Sunday morning was a feast of epic homemade proportions. There was a lot of me waving things round (jam jar, slice of sourdough etc etc) and saying LOOK I MADE THIS WITH MY ACTUAL HANDS’, and Dave was pretty pleased with the goodies I brought home. Since Saturday I have already made my own batch of pickles and have got cracking on a sourdough starter. Yoghurt making is happening this week too. I actually think this workshop may have changed my life a little bit!
posted by Claire.