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Local Producers Of The McLaren Vale Wine Region

The region is well known for producing premium olive oil, almonds and is also home to a host of gourmet offerings made with local produce. It is a rewarding experience to discover and taste your way around the region, sampling the exceptional local produce. An assortment of providores, grocers, farm gates and markets are a great way to experience the farm-to-plate philosophy that encapsulates the region.

If you’re up for something simple, grab some picnic ingredients from providores like Blessed Cheese, 3 Monkeys or one of the many markets held across the region. Local butchers like in McLaren Vale and Willunga sell quality, locally cut and prepared meat (and smoked meats) if you can’t make it to the Saturday markets. For local veggies, fruits and other goodies to fill your beach house or B&B pantry, head to grocers in Aldinga or Willunga, supermarkets like Romeo’s Foodland in McLaren Vale supporting local producers, or popular farm-gates like Scoop.

Rachel McMillan at her Aldinga farmgate Scoop.

Scoop, located at 41 Paddys Row, off Aldinga Road at Aldinga, is a staple on the Fleurieu. Owner Rachel McMillan started the business more than a decade ago after she saw a gap in the market to supply restaurants and the public with quality local produce. Scoop specialises in growing gourmet salad greens, edible flowers, miniature vegetables and rare and specialty herbs.

“There is this insatiable demand for local produce from chefs here.”

Rachel and her team grow a range of vegetables on-site, sourcing the rest from the greater Fleurieu area. You’re likely to sample her goods in most local restaurants – always seasonal and always scrumptious. “There is this insatiable demand for local produce from chefs here, which has allowed Scoop to prosper, diversify our produce offering and support local growers,” Rachel says. “That continued circular support is what is making this region so well known for food.”

Rachel also offers a farm-gate stall open Monday to Friday, which is set up at the entrance to the farm. “It’s a relaxed, one-stop shop to gather the best produce from local growers and artisan producers of the Fleurieu,” Rachel says.

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