This summer has been an especially challenging one due to all the rain. What is usually a bumper crop of 8-10 Italian varieties of tomato has dwindled to a few baskets over the entire season.

Our early zucchini were similarly affected though we still managed to plant our second crop and we’re now harvesting a few kilos a day of green-striped Romanesco and our favourite yellow Rugosa Friulana.

We are very excited by our first crop of Tondini beans.This “shell” bean- you have to pod the beans and then cook them like fresh borlotti- is very rare and I have not seen it in Australia before. They are meaty, creamy with very fine flavour, perfect for braising, adding to soups and for pureeing.’ Stefano Manfredi

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