Cucumbers are among the fresh produce available from Mushrooms Anonymous in Romsey, who are part of a new website promoting locally-grown produce in the region.

Central Victorians are being encouraged to buy their fresh produce direct from its source by visiting one of the many farm gates in the region.

With COVID-related staff shortages affecting the availability of food on supermarket shelves, the ‘Get to know your grower’ website is helping people find local growers and makers and allowing them to buy produce that is in season and fresh from the farm.

Romsey growers Jo Corrigan and Matt Donnelly, from Mushrooms Anonymous, supply restaurants across Australia, but hope the website can help educate people about what is available in the local area.

“I really hope to see consumers develop a greater awareness of seasonal produce,” Ms Corrigan said.

“If consumers recognise what grows when, this may encourage people to purchase food only when it is in season and consequently is more nutritious than buying it out of season at a much higher expense.”

Mushrooms Anonymous produce 35 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, heirloom pumpkin, capsicum, eggplant, zucchini, peppers, chilies, herbs, as well as forage for wild fungi.

People can find their produce at the Lancefield Farmers’ Market or by contacting them directly and can visit mushroomsanonymous.com.au for more information.

The ‘Get to know your grower’ website is an initiative of the Veg Action Group of the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group, with support from Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health, Macedon Ranges Shire Council and the Healthy Heart of Victoria project.

For more information, visit veg.mrsg.org.au.