Gingin, Chittering, Dandaragan - WA's Largest Foodbowl

Published on Wednesday, 10 November 2021 at 11:33:00 AM

If you ever wondered where your fresh fruit and vegetables in the supermarket came from then there is a fair chance they were grown right here in the Shires of Gingin, Chittering and Dandaragan.

These three Shires make up one of 5 regions in the Wheatbelt. They lie in the region of the Wheatbelt known as the Central Coast Region which producers more of WA’s fresh fruit and vegetables than anywhere else. Some of the products produced here include:

  • 83% of WA's oranges
  • 80% of WA's lemons
  • 64% of WA's blueberries
  • 60% of WA's lettuce
  • 51% of WA's cauliflower
  • 41% of WA's mangoes

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) has been working in partnership with the Shires of Gingin, Chittering and Dandaragan and the Wheatbelt Development Commission (WDC) during the past 12 months to create a Food & Beverage Capability Guide not only showcasing our larger producers throughout the Central Coast Wheatbelt but also our many more specialised producers providing jams, preserves, honeys, cheeses, wines and more.

At Nesci Estate Winery on Friday, 29 October 2021 the Central Coast Wheatbelt Food and Beverage Capability Guide was officially launched by the Hon Darren West MLC. A wide variety of producers from across the entire Wheatbelt gathered for the simultaneous launch of both the Central Coast Wheatbelt guide and the guide for the entire Wheatbelt. It was an excellent opportunity for all attendees to taste a wide variety of some of the produce and beverages contained within both guides and to have the chance to network with fellow producers and industry members.

The Guide features 11 food and beverage producers from the Shire of Gingin including Borrello Beef, Bullbar Beef Jerky, Dr Jims Famous Lemon Squash, Gingin Pomegranates and Dates, Guinea Grove Farm, Local Goat Artisan Cheese, Loose Leaf Lettuce, Marvick Native Farms, Northern Valleys Fruit Pops, West Coast Honey and Western Produce.

This is just a small fraction of our local producers with an opportunity available annually for more producers to be included in the guide when it is reviewed.

Thank you to all those producers who came on board for this project this year. The Shire of Gingin is proud to have worked in partnership with you, DPIRD, WDC and the Shires of Chittering and Dandaragan to produce this guide. We hope that it will be a terrific tool to encourage more discussion in our communities and respective industries around local WA food and beverage products and the overall journey from paddock to plate.

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