The land surrounding the shop boasts any foodies’ dream garden with flourishing olive trees, grapes, various vegetables and fresh herbs, including a selection of tea plants- all used by the shop. To complete the garden are sheep, chickens and ducks all looking perfectly at home in their idyllic surrounds complete with pond and in-ground trampoline (what farm is complete without one?).
There was an array of farm-made produce available for sample, and after a few minutes of nibbling away at delicious spreads and relishes, I chose what I thought were the two stand out products- tapenade and lemon salt. The tapenade is made from olives, capers & anchovies blended with herbs that I have been addicted to on my toasted sandwiches recently. Despite using capers and anchovies, it’s not nearly as salty as many other tapenades on the market, and you can really taste the herbs cut through all of the other flavours.
The lemon salt has been a surprisingly versatile purchase- it’s recommended for chicken and fish and I’ve been taking it at its word, sprinkling some over my chicken, asparagus and mushroom crepes, as well as using it with steamed fish. In both cases, the lemon zest mixed through the salt really lifted the flavours in both dishes and I am now loathe to go back to ye olde plain salt.
Green Olive at Red Hill aims to be a fully sustainable farm and they’re pretty close to this goal ensuring that leftovers are either composted or fed to the chooks, and cooking up all of their dishes in a beautiful woodfire oven. Eating delicious food that was created with such care was a great way to start our day. There is an online shop for this produce, or if you’re lucky enough to be in the area, Green Olive also runs cooking courses which I can only imagine would be as eye-opening and satisfying as everything else about this place.
Website: Green Olive