Sophie O'Neil

Caroline Velik's mint jelly recipe will help you make the most of your February bounty.
Caroline Velik's mint jelly recipe will help you make the most of your February bounty. Photo: Marina Oliphant

February 12 - February 18

new in Mark Rathbone from Save Our Soil has started picking his sought-after biodynamic Mickey Lee watermelons. They're small in size but seriously big in the sweet-and-juicy stakes.

summer bounty Take advantage of the prolific amount of mint and make mint jelly. (Caroline Velik's mint jelly recipe.)

at its best Deri-Anne Wyatt, from Angelica Organic Farm, credits Glenlyon's long, cold winters for her piquant garlic because plants stay in the ground longer and grow healthy roots. Wyatt says her garlic will remain in peak condition until the cloves start to sprout.

in the vegie patch Time to start planning and planting for winter harvests. Prepare the soil by digging in digested manure or compost. Plant cabbages, carrots and beetroot.

accredited farmers' markets Saturday February 16th: Boroondara (Hawthorn), Echuca, Euroa, Fairfield, Gasworks (Albert Park), Heathcote, Hume Murray (Wodonga), Prom Country (Foster), Riddells Creek. Sunday February 17th: Flemington, Koondrook–Barham, Mooroopna.

Sophie O'Neil vicfarmersmarkets.org.au