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Paul West at the Markets: Moruya

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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


1.2kg pastured chicken
1l Full cream milk
2 bay leaves
Small bunch of thyme
Zest of two lemons
Market Basket Salad
Juice of two lemons
Tsp honey
100ml olive oil
Heaps of fresh herbs and veg, anything you like the look of that you can eat raw.


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.

Website address is www.moruyafarmersmarket.org.au and also www.sageproject.org.au

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Posted by Tricia99Report
Hi Paul - on the way to Everleigh Market you should pop into Kiama as we have a fabulous new farmers' market that takes place EVERY Wednesday from 3pm. The market is located on the stunning Kiama harbour foreshore & we have lots of local farmer's & maker's. Checkout our facebook page: facebook.com/kiamafarmersmarket
Cheers Tricia
Posted by Paula15Report
Looking forward to the 1st show tonight. Is Paul going to live at this "River cottage" like Hugh did in his? I have asked before but have not seen any answers. It just wont seem the same some how, the object was to have a "real" working farm, not one that operates only during filming. I will still watch as I really enjoy the show.

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