Alison Spurgeon, Lemon Myrtle Cakes

After 20 years as a local vet in Narooma, Alison looked to her productive garden as something that would “keep her busy”. Her market stall has done that and more, and in busy times she can’t keep up with demand.

Her garden is full of interesting plants that are also useful. As well as a bountiful vegetable garden, there are many different citrus including finger limes. We also saw macadamias, Davidson’s plum, rhubarb, peaches, plums, and of course lemon myrtles. The leaves of lemon myrtles are dried then made into an intensely flavoured powder which is incorporated into biscuits and cakes.

While the items at the stall fall into the “treats” category, Alison is continually striving to give them higher food value with less sugar. She uses a lot of almond meal in her cooking and many of her best sellers are also gluten free. Market produce such as milk, hazelnuts and honey are also used as key ingredients.

The chickens and ducks have very generous “runs” and produce most of her egg requirements. The duck eggs are particularly prized for cakes.

Cut flowers provide a colourful addition to her stall, especially in spring, and are lauded for their creative mix of Australian natives and exotics.

Alison has no ambitions to get bigger, and values her income from the market to put back into her beloved garden.

Produce Sold

Cakes & Slices
Lemon Curd Slice
Mandarin & Poppyseed Cake
Mulberry Friands
Mulberry Jam Drop Biscuits
Rhubarb & Sour Cream Crumbcake
Rhubarb Crumble Cake
Other
Herbs
Flowers
Excess garden fruit & veg
 

Cakes & Slices
Basil & Berry Cake
Coconut Blackberry Slice
Mini Plum Cakes
Passionfruit Curd Cake
Peach Dessert Cake
Peach Friands
Other
Herbs
Flowers
Excess garden fruit & veg
 

Cakes & Slices
Apple Cinnamon Tea Cakes
Chai Cake with Pomegranate
Maple Apple Cakes
Pear & Ginger Muffins
Upsidedown Pear Cakes
Other
Herbs
Flowers
Excess garden fruit & veg
 

Cakes & Slices
Buttery Lime Cakes
Davidson’s Plum Jam Tarts
Fragrant Orange Semolina Cake
Lemon Myrtle Cakes/Friands
Lime & Almond Slice
Other
Herbs
Flowers
Excess garden fruit & veg