Barmera Vineyard Veggies
Spray free vegetables grown between the vineyard rows
Peter and Ann Brooke semi-retired to their 25 acre Riverland vineyard, growing red and white wine grapes, sweet potatoes, garlic and peas.
They found sweet potatoes grew exceptionally well with the hot Riverland climate and used little water. No one in South Australia grew sweet potatoes for farmers markets, so the Brooke’s had found a niche outlet for their excess stock. Peter and Ann now grow four different coloured varieties of sweet potato and are in the process of moving from chemical free growing to certified organic.
Tubers are planted in hot houses during winter; buried, watered and kept warm ready for sprouting. In spring cuttings are planted between the rows in the vineyard. No weedkillers are used so there is a lot of backbreaking hand weeding.
Curing in humid hot houses for two weeks after harvest makes them sweeter and store better. Make sure you pick up some of Ann’s fantastic recipes and check out the sweet potato hot dogs.
During the spring Peter and Ann also bring their peas to the market every week until they sell out.
Find Barmera Vineyard Veggies outside at the Farmers’ Market seasonally.