Morganics Farm is one of the most beautiful places in Orange…possibly Australia. I just love this place, have written about it twice before on this blog (here and here) and think its owners Libby and Ken Morgan are some of the nicest people in Orange… possibly Australia.
So when Libby called this week to say that they were harvesting their scapes and the first of the season’s garlic crop, I was there as soon as possible.
Libby’s scape pesto
80g raw almonds (or walnuts)
Juice of one lemon
Salt and pepper to taste
Place all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and blitz until a very rough paste. You may need to stop and scrape the paste down the sides of the bowl every now and then. Store in the fridge with a light film of olive oil over the top for a week (or so).
Libby’s scape, new potato and broad bean salad
1kg new potatoes
1 tsp Dijon mustard
Between growing their business, they are also growing their garden (in every sense) and have a growing number of beautiful quarter horses to look after too. As I said, it’s pretty fun visiting these guys.
And lastly, if you happen to be in Orange on Sunday, December 8 – and you love garlic (who doesn’t!), come along to Australia’s inaugural garlic harvest festival co-hosted by Morganics Farm and Canobolas-Smith Wines! It’s going to be a delicious day of beautiful wine (including some special older vintages) and food. Think butterflied garlic lamb to garlic eggplant caviar, garlic sausages, garlic pizza, whole roasted garlic and vegetarian options too. Libby and Murray (Canobolas Smith’s clever winemaker) have organised live jazz by Into the Blue from 1pm-4pm there will be loads of fresh garlic and garlic braids for sale (great Christmas presents!). Entry is free and families are welcome (BYO picnic rug!). Email Libby for more information.
Susan Bird says
Hi Soph, was lovely to read all about the scapes and taste the pesto yesty at the markets, I have been loving the broad bean action in town lately too. Do you double shell or pod your bb’s, or do you leave the inner pod on? Looks like they are on in the picture but not sure if recipe means take both shells off, anyway would love a cheeky response if you have time, if not we can chat broads another time, lots of love. Sus