Buy and Taste

At The Fruit Forest we like to minimise ‘food miles’ – the distance food has to travel between the producer and the consumer. When produce is sold locally it is fresher. This practice also helps to reduce the pollution and fuel consumption associated with food transport. 🙂 Sustainability is important to us! Our fresh produce is available in season from the following farm-gates and restaurants on the Mornington Peninsula:

Point Leo Estate

Point Leo Estate
Point Leo Estate

TASTE OUR PRODUCE (in season) at Point Leo Estate.
From their website: “Pt Leo Restaurant is our main dining space. Diners enjoy spectacular views overlooking our vineyard and sculpture park to Western Port bay and Phillip Island. Our menu celebrates the region’s produce, harnessing relationships with local suppliers to deliver a flavour forward, contemporary a la carte offer. Seasonal and regional food is the focus of Pt. Leo Restaurant’s menu.

Point Leo Estate is at 3649 Frankston-Flinders Road, Merricks VIC 3916.

The Newmarket Hotel

The Newmarket Hotel by Paul Wilson

TASTE OUR PRODUCE (in season) at The Newmarket Hotel.
The Newmarket Hotel in St Kilda comes complete with a beer garden, dining area, front bar and basement function space. Chef Paul Wilson “. . . is regarded as Australia’s prominent expert on Latin food cultures. His latest ventures, the Newmarket Hotel and Acland St Cantina, are some of the most popular and celebrated restaurants in Australia. Paul is a food ambassador for Melbourne and Australia.”
The Hotel is at 34 Inkerman St, St Kilda VIC 3182

Moke Dining

Moke Dining

TASTE OUR PRODUCE (in season) at Moke Dining.
“The Moke team have created a relaxed bespoke environment where groups of people gather to experience the Mornington Peninsula’s culinary expression, featuring local growers, small producers. We capture the seasons and deliver our unique guest’s menus presented and executed with a restrained sensory-driven approach. Our sharing plates are for you to relax and enjoy great company.”

60 Cook St, Flinders VIC 3929, Australia

Sweet Canteen

Sweet Canteen in the Melbourne CBD

TASTE OUR PRODUCE (in season) at Sweet Canteen by HS
“Sweet Canteen specialise in French pastries and Asian-style cakes, such as strawberry cake, mille feuille and galette des rois. They make wonderful desserts and provide great customer service. Using the best Australian produce, they bake fresh daily, with passion, patience and love. They source butter from Tasmania, strawberries from Gippsland and local cheeses. Their pastries and desserts are made in Melbourne, for Melbourne.

Sweet Canteen, Driver Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000

Benton Rise Farm

Benton Rise Farm

SHOP FOR OUR PRODUCE (in season) at Benton Rise Farm.
Benton Rise Farm is a community focused market located on the Mornington Peninsula. Visit them in the 1910 ‘Red Rattler’ Train carriage, and take away  locally sourced produce that is sure to be fresh.
Their website says, “We understand that sometimes the convenience of farm fresh goods sourced directly from the farmer is hard to find. The day to day routine of heading ‘down the street’ to one of the ‘big boys’ to buy your fresh produce is easy, though after the 2nd day when the leafy greens are droopy, the apples no longer have the ‘crunch’ you expect – you have to ask yourself – how long have these goods been in a cool room and out of their natural environment? Exactly, a long time!!
That’s why quality produce is paramount for us at Benton Rise Farm, we aim to provide you the most cost effective produce on the Mornington Peninsula. . . ”
Address: 150 Coolart Road (cnr Graydens Road), Tuerong VIC 3915.

Heritage Farm

Heritage Farm

SHOP FOR OUR PRODUCE (in season) at Heritage Farm.
From their website: “At Heritage Farm, we produce top quality food in an open and transparent way on our small farm on the Mornington Peninsula. Our organic farm is less than an hour from Melbourne’s CBD, located on the Mornington Peninsula: perfect for visits.
“We offer overnight accommodation in our Farm Stay, or just come down for a day trip! Our Farm Gate Shop is open from 9am-12 noon on Saturdays. We have a range of fresh produce available including our fabulous duck and chook eggs.
“We also use our farm gate as a pick up point for our Bulk Buy Coop, and our Organic Veggie Boxes.” Address: 1494 Stumpy Gully Rd, Moorooduc VIC 3933.

Red Hill Cellar & Pantry

Red Hill Cellar & Pantry

SHOP FOR OUR PRODUCE (in season) at Cellar and Pantry.
Carrying a wide selection of essential grocery items and stocking the best local and international provisions. From their website: “Cellar & Pantry has the largest selection of local products from the Mornington Peninsula. We focus on gathering the finest fresh produce, provisions, cheese, smallgoods, wine, beer, cider and spirits to bring to you.”

Address: 141 Shoreham Rd. Red Hill South, 3937 VIC Australia
(corner of Shoreham Road. and Point Leo Road, Red Hill South) Phone +61 3 5989 2411

Torello Farm

Torello Farm

SHOP FOR OUR PRODUCE (in season) at Torello Farm.
Torello Farm offers fresh food that is Mornington Peninsula grown and gathered.
From their website: “Torello Farm is an old market garden that has been given a new life and is now growing a diverse range of produce including specialty potatoes, heirloom vegetables and tree ripened fruit. Each season you will find new lines of vegetables, as well as tried and tested varieties. Expect to find in our farm shop seasonal fruit and vegetables, and a beautiful range of pickles and preserves. . .”

Visit Torello in person or their CLICK & COLLECT service is available from Monday to Friday.
Address: 410 White Hill Rd, Dromana VIC 3936.

Who else cooks with our produce?
We are proud to say . . . Alice in Frames!

Alice Zaslavsky

Alice is the author of the best-selling cookbook IN PRAISE OF VEG. From her website: “Alice encourages people of all ages to find the joy in cooking & eating. Her audaciously achievable yet delicious recipes, an educator’s eye, and a bright, inclusive tone is what brings everyone to the table and invites them to stay.
“Her best-selling cookbook, In Praise of Veg, a definitive guide to cooking with vegetables has quickly become a staple in Australian kitchens and has already been translated into multiple languages.
“Her first book, Alice’s Food A-Z was the first cookbook to be given a Notable Book gong by the Children’s Book Council of Australia.
“Alice is also a contributor to ABC Everyday, SBS Food, The Age/SMH Good Food, Broadsheet and The Design Files.”