Saturday morning I was back at the Rocklea markets. On the list was free range chicken to BBQ in a marinade of garlic, lemons and olive oil.
I met Daniel Boucher from Food and Wine Concepts. Want to try Kangaroo chorizo, white river mild fed veal, wild boar or quail then Daniel will be your man.
I bought a grain fed free range chicken that came from Burrawong farm, a property located at Barraganyatti, north of Kempsey in New South Wales.
The chicken was hormone, antibiotic and chemical free. It had a yellow tinge which according to Daniel meant my chick had been fond of the corn in the grain mix. He promised this chicken would remind me of grandma’s roast chicken because it’s how chicken tasted 20 years ago.
At Burrawong farm the day old chickens come from Toowoomba, Queensland and are then raised on the property right through to processing. The chickens live their days in open sunny pasture and are free to roam. There is an interesting article and video about the farm here. The family run business is not about mass production but rather consistently delivering a quality product. Burrawong supplies top restaurants in Sydney and Brisbane which accounts for over 80% of their customers. I guess if it is good enough for me then it then it is good enough for Neil Perry.
The highlight of my morning at the markets was meeting Valerie from Olives You. She runs a small olive farm with her husband in Mutdapilly Queensland.
The Olives You farm is small with only 500 trees. Valerie explained that some years the harvest would be bountiful and other times the supply had to be supplemented with olives purchased from South Australia. The oil was all pressed on the farm and the particular batch of oil I was buying was predominately pressed from South Australian olives. Last year they had enjoyed an extended holiday away resulting in a fairly poor harvest. Valerie’s enthusiasm and willingness to share the story of her product was refreshing and the taste of the extra virgin olive oil infused with blood orange was so divine . You can purchase the range online through the Olives You website.