In all my years here and repeated trips to Barossa, I have never visited The Farm Shop by the famous South Australian icon Maggie Beer. The Farm Shop situated on Pheasant Farm Road is packed full of Maggie Beer's versatile products. Cookbooks, Verjuice, chutneys, paste, pates, sauces, jams and so much more. And let's not forget the ice cream! At The Farm Shop, seasonal produce is what drives the products. While the kitchen will produce a selection of pies and desserts freshly made, The Farm Shop also provides a picnic fare menu whereby you can pick goodies such as cheeses, olives, pate and woodfired bread to enjoy inside or outside.
|The gorgeous view of The Farm Shop on a sunny day|
|Verjuice, Balsamic Vinaigrette and Sauces for tasting and purchase|
|Very delicious jam - yes of course I tried them all!|
|Cook like Maggie Beer (and Kylie Kwong)|
We got ourselves a table which had some writing on it but I only just realized now that none of us actually read it. The menu was more interesting you see. The picnic fare menu is pretty appetizing and is available for all day dining from 10.30am to 5pm.
Homemade Pheasant Farm Terrine $18 - Selected Game and Porcini Mushroom Terrine wrapped in Sour Cream Pastry served with Vino Cotto Vinaigrette and Maggie's Cabernet Sauce.
The pastry was crispy and flaky and the terrine was pretty delicious with a taste of the wild. If you are not a huge fan of meat of game, this may not be for you, but if you are us, the meaty flavour coupled with mushrooms in a tender well seasoned terrine - perfecto!
Seasonal Cheese Picnic Basket $15 - Maggie's Orchard Fruit, Fruit Paste, Wood Oven Bread and Seasonal Cheese. We got dried apricots, a marmalade like jam and cheddar cheese in this basket.
Pheasant Farm Pate Picnic Basket $15 - Pheasant Farm Pate, Caramelized Onion, Freekeh Salad and Wood Oven Bread. Wood oven bread is always nice, especially fresh bread. First thing that came to my mind was "What is a Freekeh salad?!" Freaky. Well, it was actually roasted green wheat with quince, preserved lemons and mint. Quite delicious and very healthy tasting actually. Maggie's Pheasant Farm Pate is still one of the best I've had and remains my favourite to this day.
After our lunch we took a stroll around the farm and came back for a cooking demonstration. That's right. There is a cooking demonstration at 2pm daily in Maggie's kitchen to show you how to use Verjuice.
|Time to taste the juicy vegetables cooked with Verjuice.|
It was a pleasant experience and would be a lovely thing to do especially on a spring or summer's day. It was quite relaxing taking a stroll at the farm and enjoying great tasting local produce. We finished the day with an ice cream each of course! Honey and Fig was my favourite. Maggie Beer's products can also be purchased at supermarkets if you can't make it to The Farm Shop in Barossa Valley.
50 Pheasant Farm Road
Nuriootpa SA 5355