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Mildura field days
Phil Matthews, Matthews & Associated
One on One Training, won the best
medium field day site. At the back are
One on One training manager Tony
Hughes, administration assistant
Brenda Sefo, and finance manager
Rada Radisic, all from Mildura. Phil
says the business aims to educate
people in the agriculture and
horticulture fields through specialist
trainers. "Delivering one-on-one
training means people aren't
intimidated by having to head and
study in a classroom," he said. "We
work with tafe here (in Mildura) and
Carmel McCarthy, Petras Bakehouse, Mildura, with one of her best-
sellers -- pumpkin bread.
Jenny and Doug Eagle, Coomealla, won
the award for Rural Finance best-quality
sunmuscats of the 2013 season, and the
overall award for best-quality dried fruit.
"We had no deductions on quality this
year," Doug said. "This award means our
dried fruit is some of the highest quality
in the world."
Mildura Field Days chairman Warren Lloyd,
Irymple, is pleased to see more people at this
year's field days. Warren has been chairman
since 2008, following the footsteps of his
father and grandfather who held the same role
-- his grandfather helped set-up the event in
1951. Warren says including the Sunraysia
Farmers Market at the field days for the first
time has boosted crowd numbers. Warren
runs a fruit block and says it has been a much
better season this year.
Elizabeth Barrett, The Sweet Chocolate Tears, Broken Hill, with some
of her home-made chocolates at the Farmers Market section.
Elizabeth has been selling them since 1994 and picked the alcoholic
assortment, almond caramels, and rocky road as crowd-favourites.
Inventor Derek Barnstable, Echuca, Victoria, is keen to spruik his
wares which include several inventions for 'blockies', such as
implements to install a dripper system without fuss. Derek has been
thinking out of the box for a long time. "If you've got the mindset,
invent it," he said.
Greg and Tonia Argio, Merbein, Victoria,
were selling biscuits, fruit and vegetable at
their Biscuits by Tonia stand. They also
have a tablegrape and citrus block at
Merbein. Tonia's friends and family have
always relished her biscuit recipes and
urged her to sell them at the Sunraysia
Robinvale Estate's Denis Nicholds, Mildura,
and her grandson Ayden Costa, Mildura, help
run the Robinvale Estate stand for their
relatives Glenda and Ralph Gallace. The
Gallaces produce their own olive oil,
strawberries and figs among others.
Muller's Meat Store owner and manager
Daryl Muller, Mildura, is selling traditional
fermented mettwurst. He also owns the
butcher shop at Monash. The business
makes pork, beef and kangaroo mettwurst
using a recipe passed down from his uncle.
Daryl has been selling products at the
Sunraysia Farmers Market for the past three
years and picks garlic mettwurst as the
Adam Hennig, Walnut Farm, Irymple,
and daughter Madeline, 6, selling
walnuts at the Sunraysia Farmers
Market at the field days. The Hennigs
have 600 trees on their Iryrmple fruit
block. Adam also works as a plumber.
Sunraysia Farmers Market regular Fred DeBlasio, Oak Valley Estate,
Mildura, with his some of his wines.
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