River Cottage Australia loves to support local food producers. So, it's great when the team gets to meet someone who shares this passion.
Pennie Scott is the founder of the Eat Local Thursday market in Wagga Wagga NSW, where she also has a stall selling foods under her Bush Goddess label.
Growing up on a farm in Deniliquin, near the Victorian border, Pennie is a sixth generation Australian with a passion for supporting the local food economy.
Now based just outside of Wagga Wagga in Big Springs, Pennie and her partner Alan run Spring View Eco Farm, with their main focus being on breeding free-range pigs for their business, Bush Goddess Foods.
The Bush Goddess
Under the Bush Goddess label, Pennie makes smoked sausages, similar to cabanossi and cabanero. Containing just five ingredients and completely nitrite/nitrate free, her products are completely chemical free.
The sausages are made using free range pork from pigs that Pennie and her partner Alan have raised on their farm. After processing, the pigs are butchered in Wagga and brought back to the farm where they are then assembled and hot smoked, using iron bark sawdust collected on the farm.
Not only do they make sausages, they also make dukkah, biscuits, and pan forte, which they sell online and at farmers markets, using ingredients only grown in the Riverina.
The Eat Local Movement
Pennie Scott founded the Eat Local Movement because she wanted to provide alternative market and trading opportunities for small-scale producers in the Riverina, trying to ensure they receive a fair price for their produce.