Vegetables and herbs from traditional market gardeners

Alan Williams and Brenda Oakey of Alnda Farms are traditional market farmers. They grow a vast array of vegetables and herbs on their 18-acre farm on the fertile flood plains of the Gawler River.

Since taking over the farm, Alnda has added a huge amount of organic matter to the soil. They are frugal with water, using drippers rather than sprinklers to minimise usage.

They are renowned for speciality tomatoes and rare varieties. Look out for: purple cauliflower, mangelwurzel, purple carrots, Jerusalem artichokes, okra, and red cabbage.

“Whenever we discover some vegetable we have not heard of, we hunt down seeds to give it a try. We like to have something different or unusual for our customers. We concentrate on growing food with flavour rather than size,” said Brenda.

Alnda Farms use of ‘beneficial bugs’ (naturally occurring garden insects) combat pests. They use these natural bug deterrents rather than using chemically based pesticides, resulting in produce with no nasty chemical residue.

Alnda provides a wide variety of fresh vegetables and herbs. This includes year-round tomatoes, capsicum, chilli, eggplant, carrots, bok choy, dill, coriander, parsley, mint, spring onion, beetroot, red radish, kale, and spinach. 

Brenda sends out a weekly list of available produce and takes orders by email. Simply email your order to Brenda and she’ll have your order ready for payment and collection on Sunday.

You will find Allan and Brenda at the Alnda Farm stall outside the pavilion at the Adelaide Farmers’ Market every Sunday.