Local ethical produce at a market new you

SUSTAINABLE and ethical farming is the focus of Cookardinia based dorper farm - Ellamatta.

FARMING IN THEIR BLOOD: The Sides family, Camille, Tim, and their sons Henry and Oliver, farm in an ethical way on their dorper farm near Mangoplah.

FARMING IN THEIR BLOOD: The Sides family, Camille, Tim, and their sons Henry and Oliver, farm in an ethical way on their dorper farm near Mangoplah.

Owned and operated by fifth generation farmers Camille and Tim Sides, Ellamatta, is a white dorper farm, that doesn't use dogs, has no need for shearers and tries to create a stress free environment for the lambs.

"All our sheep are rounded up on foot," co-owner Camille said.

"Our lambs are slaughtered in Leeton and butchered at Knight's in Wagga," she said.

This Saturday, the Sides will sell their lamb at Wagga's Farmers Market, something Camille said they whole-heartedly support.

"We want ways for local people to have access to local produce," she said.

Ensuring the sheep have as stress-free an environment as possible, increases meat quality, Camille said.

While their prices may be a little bit higher than bargain-basement prices shoppers have become accustomed to thanks to the rigorous supermarket wars between Coles and Woolworths, Camille said customers would be able to taste the difference.

"You don't know where that meat is coming from - with ours you know exactly where it is from," she said.

"It's all about reducing the distance from paddock to plate."

Co-organiser of the farmer's market Colin Duff said the farmers market provided a great opportunity for people to interact with farmer's and understand the process of delivering food from the farm to the plate.

The farmer's market is held on the second Saturday of every month at the Civic Theatre gardens.