THE Prom Country Farmers’ Market is held in the grounds of the Foster War Memorial Arts Centre on the third Saturday of each month between 8am and 12noon. Come along this Saturday, February 21, where you will find 25 dedicated producers keen to talk to you about why they love cooking, growing, catching, picking and creating.
As part of our continuing series Meet the Stallholder, we’d like to introduce Silvia Cardona from Deep Creek Nursery in Foster:
Silvia has been attending the market for four and a half years with her range of mostly edible plants, assisted by her partner Paul and their boys Sebastian and Gabriel.
Silvia has propagated plants for several local nurseries for over ten years. She became interested in the importance of growing heirloom vegetables from open pollinated seed when she started her own vegetable patch at home because it was hard to find the old fashioned rich flavoured varieties. Using heirloom varieties enabled Silvia to start collecting seeds for future crops. She now propagates these seeds and offers a range of heirloom vegetable seedlings, herbs, edible and medicinal plants, and some natives.
Silvia is happy to chat about her plants and the conditions they prefer so that you are able to get the best out of them. This week the selection of seedlings will include kohlrabi, red kale, Tuscan kale, broccoli, silverbeet, celery, mixed lettuce, leeks, coriander, beans and tamarillo trees. As a special offer for February, perennial coriander and chocolate chillies will be on sale while stocks last.
Get along to the Prom Country Farmers’ Market this Saturday between 8am and 12 noon and meet Silvia and all the other stallholders.