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Paul West takes you on the road to the SAGE Moruya markets in NSW where he meets the local growers and cooks up a meal using locally sourced produce.
This week, Paul explores the SAGE Moruya markets and cooks up a delicious chicken dish.
Milk Poached Chicken with Market Basket Salad
1) Joint the chicken and reserve the carcass for making stock. Season meat generously. In a deep sided pan fry the chicken until golden all over. Add the milk, bay and thyme, cover and simmer gently until chicken is cooked, it should take around 10 minutes. Allow to cool slightly, then slice and serve with a drizzle of the poaching liquor over the top for good measure.
2) While the chicken is cooking, whisk together honey, lemon juice and olive oil. Taste and adjust the sweetness and acidity to your own liking.
3) As for the salad, you can prepare your haul however you'd like. I recommend chopping harder more fibrous veggies, like carrot or cabbage, as finely as you can. Things like salad leaves and herbs can be roughly torn. Once everything is prepared, lightly dress the salad and serve.
Check out these top tips from the local growers:
1) Symphony Farm
At Symphony Farm we grow & care for our animals by following “Rational Grazing” farming principals. Rational grazing is a farming method where the animals are continually moved to fresh pasture each day & then the pasture is given a rest recovery period.
This system allows us to farm organically. We do not use any drenches, antibiotics or chemicals on either our livestock or pastures. The relationship of the animals & farmland is like a symphony, working in harmony with nature.
All the animals enjoy fresh air, sunlight & fresh pasture, returning to the farm health & vitality. The animals are content & given the freedom to express themselves in their own individual ways, in a natural environment.
It is our privilege to farm with our family of 4 young men sons & our daughter.
2) Old Mill Road
Old Mill Road BioFarm is a family business that aims to enrich local food culture, encourage more small scale farmers, connect those farmers to the consumer and promote the idea that we are not superior to the environment but are part of the ecology.
We have family, friends and community that all help out in one way or another and without our customers we wouldn’t be here. But you get the picture.
3) Soul Patch
Developing direct contact between the consumer and the farmer is very rare in this world and that is the inspiration behind the market garden. My name is Martin Gribble and I am the founder and manager of the ‘Soul Patch’ which produces chemical free vegetables, fruits and herbs for the local population.
On the patch, we grow highly nutritious and great tasting food which is sold within 24 hours of harvest.
4) South Coast Cheese
South Coast Cheese is a family owned and run business with a passion for creating products of the highest quality using the best ingredients available.
Nic and Erica Dibden are the proud owners of South Coast Cheese and operate a dairy farm in the picturesque Tilba Tilba Valley milking beautiful Jersey cows - more details
"We have been involved in the farming/agricultural industry for the past twelve years and we are very excited about bringing back cheese making to the Tilba Tilba valley and providing the public with an insight into agriculture and what is involved with producing food."
The SAGE Farmers Market at Moruya is run by a community group called Sustainable Agriculture and Gardening Eurobodalla. SAGE is a small organisation doing big things to rebuild the local food system and support growers in a number of ways, including providing the market for them. At a nearby site on the edge of town, they have built a demonstration garden and are showing people how to grow food sustainably on both a household and commercial scale, through workshops and community activities. There are now several new growers in the area as a result. It's amazing what a big impact they've had in just a little over 5 years.