Contributed by Catherine McGlead
WINTER is well and truly upon us, and while it is certainly cold and wet, on the up side the levels in local dams are starting to improve. For those of us who don’t have the luxury of reticulated water, things were looking a bit grim.
This month’s feature producer at the Prom Country Farmers’ Market is Juneen Schulz from Juneen’s Gourmet Catering. Juneen has been attending the market since its inception and is one of the driving forces behind its operation.
Juneen is an excellent home cook who is passionate about seasonal food and local produce. With the exception of her delicious fruit cakes and Anzac biscuits which don’t have any fresh fruit in them, the baking and preserves that Juneen makes feature fresh, seasonal ingredients, many of which she has grown in her own permaculture garden.
Cumquat marmalade and lemon butter are both popular at this time of year, while many local refrigerators will always have a place for Juneen’s salad dressing. Juneen’s spiced cumquats are something a bit different to eat with ice cream, or to top a cheesecake or dessert cake you’d like to dress up.
If you are a lover of fruit cake you are in for a treat. I used to make one at Christmas each year, but after trying Juneen’s, I don’t bother. It is easily one of the best fruit cakes I have eaten, and there is always one in my cake tin, year round.
The Prom Country Farmers’ Market is held on the third Saturday of each month between 8am and 12 noon in the grounds of the Foster War Memorial Arts Centre in Main Street, Foster.
Come along and re-stock your pantry, fridge and garden.