The kitchen and dining space have now been expanded to serve more customers. There’s a handy wheelchair/pram ramp to the takeaway area and plenty of room to park a pram or your shopping when you’re visiting the monthly Farmer’s Market.
The wooden tables and rickety little stools lend a rustic feel to the cafe, in keeping with its situation in sight of the vegetable patches and chicken coops.
The menu at The Farm Cafe continues to pay homage to its locality and surroundings – a bit of the country for city folk – with a focus on local, seasonal and fresh produce. A list of their producers and suppliers is thanked on their menu.
My Green Eggs were a burst of healthy green silverbeet and herbs, mandolinned radish, chunks of soft caramelised fennel and some fluffy, nutty quinoa sitting atop a swirl of garlic aioli – but I didn’t realise until after I’d taken the photo that they’d forgotten my two poached eggs! Luckily the mistake was quickly rectified and I was given two perfectly poached eggs oozing a bright orange yolk ($15.50).
When you can watch a cow get milked a few steps away from the cafe it only seems right that you should order a milkshake. The milk they use is thick and creamy, lending a indulgent frothiness to the drink. It arrives in a steel cup, keeping the contents properly cold.
You can request any leftovers to be poured into takeaway coffee cup complete with jaunty paper straw while you go about your tour of the farm.The Farm Cafe, Collingwood Childrens’ Farm, 18 St Heliers St, Abbotsford +61 3 9415 6581 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday
8am to 5pm Saturday & Sunday