Where to find local produce in the Wimmera Mallee
The Wimmera Mallee region is well-known for its expansive landscapes, rich farming heritage, and agricultural productivity. When you visit the Wimmera Mallee, you can indulge in an array of local produce, including grains, brownie mixes, local olive oil, salt and more.
Whether you are a local resident or a visitor, take a journey through the picturesque countryside and explore the region’s best sources of fresh, wholesome, and tasty produce.
When you buy local, you are not only supporting our regional communities, but you are also buying a product unlike any other.
Purple Starfish is a community social enterprise selling a variety of local produce from around the area. Based in Kaniva, a rural town situated along the Western Highway, the shop features homemade foods, cakes, slices, savouries, fresh eggs, honey, and preserves. As well as local produce, the shop also sells a variety of local arts and crafts including greeting cards, quilts, blankets, hats, tea cosies and local books.
Chef Teacher Cat Clarke
Based in Dimboola, Cat Clarke, is renowned in the region for her exceptional food, that is rooted in locally grown, fresh produce and native Australian foods. During the warmer months, Cat is no stranger to having strangers. Filling her own yard with smiling faces and full stomachs for luncheons in the garden. Cat also offers a catering service, as well as teaching and sharing her love of good food. Keep an eye out for events on her website, or on her socials.
Sea Lake Tyrrell Tours
Lake Tyrrell lies as the largest inland salt lake in the state. The shallow, saline lakebed creates a mirror-like reflection of the sky above, throwing colourful pink hues. The best way to explore the lake is with a tour from local operator, Julie Pringle, where she will take you through the history, importance, and significance of Lake Tyrrell.
After you’ve explored the lake, head back to the head quarters where you can pick up cooking salt from Lake Tyrrell itself. With surprising and delicious flavours, such as Moscato, Red Gum Smoked, and Lemon Myrtle. The soft flakes make for a perfect addition to any meal to enhance flavour, or to sprinkle on top.
Bakery on Broadway
Situated on the main street of Wycheproof, this is a bakery that is well worth the trip. Not only can you pick up a delicious bakery treat (or two), but you can also choose from an array of locally made products that are sure to fancy your tastebuds. Everything from sweets to dips, cheeses, and jams, you will struggle to leave empty handed.
Located in the heart of Dimboola, the Dimboola Store serves up some of the best coffee in the region, along with breakfast and lunch. Better yet, this cafe offers an excellent selection of locally sourced products, including Dimboola Olive Oil, Mount Zero product, honeys, and more.
Whether you are a local or a visitor, this is the perfect place to indulge in the region’s freshest and most delicious produce.
Wimmera Harvest Fare
Wimmera Harvest Fare brings artisanal foods from local producers to the shelves of local supermarkets, making it easier for locals and visitors to select from a range of delicious food products. Take home a taste of the Wimmera to enjoy after your travels have finished. From Wimmera Grain Store, Chickpea Brownies from Rupanyup Living, Manuka Honey from Beetanicals, to the famous Kooka’s Country Cookies, you won’t leave hungry. Find the Wimmera Harvest Fare at the stores below:
- Weirs IGA, Donald
- IGA Nhill
- IGA Dimboola
- IGA Hopetoun
- Foodworks Murtoa
- Doyle’s IGA Kaniva
The Wimmera Mallee is peppered with local markets that run all year round. Not only are they often a community hub, but they are also a wonderful place to find artisanal products from our local creators. Keep an eye out for the regular local markets below:
Dimboola Tower Park Market
Tower Park, Dimboola
Every second Saturday of the month
9AM – 10AM
Jung Recreation Reserve
Last Saturday of the month from Jan – Nov
Third Saturday of the month in December
9AM – 1:00PM
Held quarterly. Days vary.
10AM – 1PM
Apsley Hall, Wallace Street, Apsley