"MEET THE GROWER" | KATHLEEN HAVEN PERSIMMON ORCHARD

"MEET THE GROWER" | KATHLEEN HAVEN PERSIMMON ORCHARD

Meet The Grower brings you Kathleen Haven, a specialist persimmon orchard, that is nestled in the picturesque Cobbitty village some 35kms south of Sydney in NSW. This third generation family farm is run by Brett and Kate Guthrey assisted by their sons. Their passion for food and love of the land led them to developing and specialising in this incredible fruit. Brett’s grandfather , Harry Wright and uncle David Wright planted the first persimmons in Kathleen Haven’s soil over 30 years ago.

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MEET THE GROWER | SYDNEY DIRECT FRESH ANNUAL TRUFFLE TRIP

MEET THE GROWER | SYDNEY DIRECT FRESH ANNUAL TRUFFLE TRIP

Every year we take a group of our customers on an educational day trip to meet Jayson Mesman. The owner of The Truffle Farm in Canberra. 

This year we found out what makes Truffles so unique, how to tell a good Truffle from a bad one and all the ways to cook with them.

We finished off with a stunning lunch matched with wines by the very talented Damian Brabender, head chef and owner of Otis Dining Hall.

See you all next year for our annual Truffle trip chef.

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MEET THE GROWER | THE TRUFFLE SEASON OFFICIAL LAUNCH

MEET THE GROWER | THE TRUFFLE SEASON OFFICIAL LAUNCH

On the 1st June we proudly supported the sixth JRM hospitality social series dinner. We came together with The Truffle Farm Canberra and the Urban Winery Sydney to bring our customers, industry leaders and sydney foodies together. 

It was a night that celebrated the start of the Truffle season, stunning food and wine. 

Take a peak at some pictures from the evening right here. Thanks again to everyone involved.

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TOMATILLO | "MEET THE CHEF" WITH SYDNEY DIRECT FRESH PRODUCE

TOMATILLO | "MEET THE CHEF" WITH SYDNEY DIRECT FRESH PRODUCE

As part of our "Meet The Grower" series, we will be having a look at what some of our customers are doing with seasonal produce. 

First up is the Executive chef of Jonah's Restaurant & Boutique Hotel, Whale Beach. Matteo Zamboni using Tomatillos from our good friends at Austchilli.

Tomatillos are like a gift. Tart green fruit that's sometimes confused with an unripe tomato, wrapped in a crinkly husk. Peel the wrapping away and you're left with a world of possibility.

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"SDFP ANNUAL PINE MUSHROOM TRIP WITH THE WEEDY ONE"

"SDFP ANNUAL PINE MUSHROOM TRIP WITH THE WEEDY ONE"

Our annual SDFP pine mushroom trip was a huge success this year except for there being no Pine Mushrooms, the weather this year has been dry and not the best for the season. 

On the other hand, It enabled us to get to know our customers that little bit more, allow chefs to interact with one another, hear Diego’s aka (The Weedy One) stories, team up and make a memorable experience. Thank you to everyone who joined us.

Luke and the SDFP team.

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"MEET THE FORAGER" - ANNUAL BONDI TO CLOVELLY FORAGE

"MEET THE FORAGER" - ANNUAL BONDI TO CLOVELLY FORAGE

We took some of our SDFP customers on our annual educational forage of the iconic walk from Bondi to Clovelly. We Kicked off with a breakfast at Drake Eatery Bondi Beach and then began our walk in search of edible herbs, leaves and flowers with the passionate Diego Bonetto aka "The Weedy One". He gave us so many interesting facts and wisdom.

It was a real pleasure to take our chef customers out for the day to relax, enjoy the ocean, eat good food and be educated about the hidden food gems that surround us.

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"MEET THE GROWER" - SHIMA WASABI TASMANIA EDITION

"MEET THE GROWER" - SHIMA WASABI TASMANIA EDITION

As part of our "Meet The Grower" campaign, we recently took a trip to Tasmania to source some of the best produce it had to offer and educate our customers. 

Our good friend and top chef Massimo Mele joined us for the adventure and to cook up some dishes with our findings. Sydney Direct Fresh Produce owner Luke Kohler is always on the hunt to find unique and top quality fruit and vegetables for his customers.

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"MEET THE GROWER" - CAROLINE HATEM'S LEBANESE CUCUMBER FARM

"MEET THE GROWER" - CAROLINE HATEM'S LEBANESE CUCUMBER FARM

With the heat of summer creeping up on us, the crisp, cooling texture of the Lebanese Cucumber is essential in every salad or sandwich.

The "Meet The Grower" series took Luke to a local Lebanese cucumber farm just a stone's throw away from Sydney Markets. We caught up with the owner Caroline Hatem to find out how the best cucumber is harvested and nurtured.

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"MEET THE GROWER" - SDFP SUPPORTING THE JRM SOCIAL SERIES

"MEET THE GROWER" - SDFP SUPPORTING THE JRM SOCIAL SERIES

At the start of 2017, we supported the talented chef James Metcalfe as he put together a fantastic dinner to raise money for OZ Harvest. After this successful event, James decided to kick off his very own pop up dinners through his business JRM Hospitality called "The JRM Social Series".

Sydney Direct Fresh produce is proud to be supporting James and his team on this fantastic new journey of exploring local produce, exceptional wines and creative spaces throughout 2017 and into 2018.

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"MEET THE GROWER & CHEF" - JAYSON MESMAN & JAMES METCALFE

"MEET THE GROWER & CHEF" - JAYSON MESMAN & JAMES METCALFE

As part of our "Meet The Grower" series, we caught up with one of our favourite growers, Jayson Mesman of The Truffle Farm and the humble James Metcalfe at his recent " JRM Social Series Dinner" at the Urban Winery Sydney. 

We supplied our freshest ingredients and brought some of our customers along to enjoy a night of local wine by Alex Retief, laughter and tasty food.

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"MEET THE GROWER" - VITO MANCINI FROM REDBELLY CITRUS

"MEET THE GROWER" - VITO MANCINI FROM REDBELLY CITRUS

As we kick off the Blood Orange season in Australia, we caught up with Vito and Leonard Mancini of Red Belly Citrus. 

One of the founding directors of Redbelly Citrus, Vito Mancini, remembers his first encounter with a blood orange, “As a boy, I was always fond of my grandfathers back yard, walking in and around always excited me by seeing what vegetables were planted and what fruits were in season".

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"MEET THE GROWER" - TRENT DE PAOLI FROM AUSTCHILLI

"MEET THE GROWER" - TRENT DE PAOLI FROM AUSTCHILLI

This month's "Meet The Grower" Trent De Paoli is the director of the largest chilli company in Australia based in Queensland. Austchilli was founded by his father David and the business encompasses three generations of sustainable farming practices along with state of the art business management systems.

All of Austchilli product is produced in the Bundaberg region. We spent the day with Trent and his team who educated us and our customers on the process of growing the largest variety of chilli Australia has to offer.

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"MEET THE GROWER" - A TRUFFLE DINNER WITH NO.1 BENT STREET

"MEET THE GROWER" - A TRUFFLE DINNER WITH NO.1 BENT STREET

Mike McEnearney and his head chef Jeffrey De Rome headed up a five-course menu featuring truffles from Jayson Mesman's Truffle Farm in Mount Majura near Canberra, and matching wines by Bryan Martin of Ravensworth Vineyard in Murrumbateman, NSW. The menu consisted of cobia sashimi with braised truffle mushrooms and radish, spit roast chicken 'demi-deuil' vinaigrette and truffle infused creme caramel.

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"MEET THE EDUCATOR" - DIEGO BONETTO & THE SDFP ANNUAL PINE MUSHROOM FORAGING TRIP

"MEET THE EDUCATOR" - DIEGO BONETTO & THE SDFP ANNUAL PINE MUSHROOM FORAGING TRIP

Every year we take a selection of our customers on a seasonal pine mushroom foraging trip with the environmental enabler and cultural producer Diego Bonetto "The Weedy One". This year we had an absolute ball and were able to expand our "Meet The Grower" series to "Meet The Educator". 

Diego gave us so many golden nuggets, facts and ways to find pine mushrooms and slippery jacks without damaging the environment. We are so excited about next year's chef adventure. A massive thank you to everyone involved.

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