ON THE LAMB

THIS FRESH TAKE ON AN OLD FAVOURITE MAKES USE OF THE BEST LO­CAL PRO­DUCE

Life & Style Weekend - - FOOD & WINE - WORDS: ALAS­TAIR MCLEOD STYLING & PHOTO: MI­RANDA PORTER

The Lock­yer Val­ley pro­duces up to 90 per cent of the coun­try’s win­ter pro­duce. This prodi­gious food bowl ranks in the top 10 most fer­tile farm­ing ar­eas on the planet. As well as its rep­u­ta­tion for fresh pro­duce, it pro­duces world-class beef, lamb and pork. You’ve heard me talk about the im­por­tance of prove­nance a lot on these pages, but here’s why. The aver­age age of a farmer in Aus­tralia just over 100 years ago was 21, to­day that age is al­most 70. We are com­pelled to stead­fastly sup­port our farm­ers or we will lose them.

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