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Granny Skills comes to the Barossa Farmers Market

We’re so excited to welcome Rebecca Sullivan from the Granny Skills Movement to the Barossa Farmers Market.

Granny Skills is all about learning how to cook, preserve and make the most of the season’s produce, just like Granny used to.

The Barossa has a proud and long standing tradition of preserving the best of each season’s harvest and with Rebecca’s help the Barossa Farmers Market is bringing these skills to a new generation. Learning (or re-learning) the basic skills for preserving fresh produce, and passing them from generation to generation is a wonderful way to re-connect with Barossa food traditions, create reliance within our community and preserve what is truly special about our local food culture.

The sessions will be fun, informative and, most importantly, practical. Learn how to stock your pantry shelves with jars of jeweled summer fruits, zesty tomato relish and traditional pickled vegetables. There’s even a session on making summer berry jam just in time for our local Agricultural Show so you can aim for your very own blue ribbon! The sessions will use the freshest produce on offer from our stallholders each month and include tips on selecting the best produce for your purpose, a take home recipe card with hints and tips for success and examples of how to use your preserves throughout the year.

We will be running Granny Skills sessions on the following dates here at the Farmers Market:


14th December 2013
Pickling vegetable, using Heather’s certified organic vegetables.


25th January 2014
What’s more Australian than tomato sauce? On the Australia Day long weekend, learn how to make this Aussie classic, using Brenda and Al’s saucing tomatoes.


8th February 2014
Making Berry jam with Lucy Walker’s strawberries. This session will be specifically tailored to children (and their parents!) who would like to enter a jar of jam into the Taunda Show, held on 9th March. There will be plenty of advice and tips on how to go after your very own blue ribbon!


22nd March 2014
Preserving stone fruits, using the first of summer’s fresh and fragrant peaches, nectarines and more, from Margaret and Jim Ellis’ orchard here in Angaston.


There will be two sessions each morning, at 8.30am and 10.30am, running for 20 minutes. They will be held at the front of the market sheds and are entirely free. There is no need to book, just turn up and get ready to learn some serious Granny Skills!

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