For our March meeting Williamstown Garden Club members visited Footeside Farm, Eudunda, where Peter and Linda Hoffmann met us with a mouth watering afternoon tea of wattleseed scones, quandong jam and cream.
Peter Hoffmann has lived on the property all his life and when asked how the property got its name explained that it is situated alongside the dry Foote Creek and Foote Road.
His wife Linda told us that they specialised in Australian native food plants.
The main products they grow being wattle seed, quandong, bush tomato and saltbush.
We learnt how each of these products could be used in cooking to enhance the flavour in sweet and savoury dishes.
There were also some significant dietary benefits ie the bush tomato being high in Vitamin C and potassium.
The Hoffmanns first planted quandong, acacia trees (for the wattle seed) and bush tomatoes back in 1999, saltbush more recently in 2006.
We were given a tour of the plant nursery and got to see where the seeds and fruit are dried and processed and got to smell and taste the finished products.
We also had the opportunity to buy their produce.
Birthday for the month: Connie.
Next meeting: will be held on 9 April (2 nd Monday of the month) at Garden Grove Nursery at Golden Grove. Meet at the Church at 12pm or at the Nursery at 1pm.
- Enquiries: Pat 0421 348 148.