maggie’s place – swan valley
After a fine lunch at Chester’s, we went hunting (or gathering) for food in the lusciously green Swan Valley. Gee I love it here, especially in autumn when the grape vines are changing colour and the damns are glistening with water. It’s a beautiful drive along West Swan Road. Anyway, we had a target in mind, a roadside vegetable shed called Maggie’s.
Maggie’s is open on the weekends, selling produce predominantly grown next door by Edgecombe Brothers (which is also a vineyard). A charming, neat tin shed, customers park on the gravel and pop in to see what is in season. This is seriously seasonal produce – the fruits and vegetables are all local and when Maggie runs out, more is cut/plucked from the ground next door and brought into the shop. You can not get fresher than that! We saw perky bunches of spinach, still squeaky from the sun, broccoli which was just cut and looked like it was still growing. There was garlic from Gingin, tomatoes from Wanneroo and bags of purple passionfruit grown by Maggie herself.
As well as fresh produce there are local honeys, olive oil, bunches of wildflowers and hard-to-find elderflower syrups from Tassie. There were also 100% crushed fruit icy poles, perfect for a hot day. On Sundays, there is fresh bread and hot pies from Bindoon.
If you are in the area on a weekend (or public holiday Monday), do drop in to Maggie’s. Or if you are a die hard fresh produce fanatic (like my mum who bought half of the shop’s red apples), Maggie’s is ready for your discovery.
Maggies Place @ Edgecombe Brothers, Gnangara Rd (cnr West Swan Rd), Henley Brook WA 6055
T: 0429 055 099
Sat – Sun, Public Holiday Mondays 8.30 – 4.30
(There’s a tasting shed open Sundays from 9 – 4)
The orchard behind the shed
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