Your Local Grocer
Agrestic Preserves a whole host of regional products & fresh produce adorn the shelves. Everything from unwaxed apples to beer soap to free range eggs & local wines are at your fingertips.
Onsite neighbour, Badlands Brewery & Pig in the House Wines utilise Agrestic as their cellar door & main retail outlets. You can find both producer’s goods all throughout the menu, with dedicated tasting experiences available. Badland’s exceptional craft beers take pride of place at the bar with 6 choices on tap. All Beer and Wine are available to take home & come in an assortment of styles & quantities.
Weekends come to life with live music in the Agrestic courtyard with artists from near and far. The standards are always high & is demands for tables, so it’s a must to book a table. Live music weaves it’s way around the week starting with the iconic Ruby Tuesday Classic Album Night. Here local & touring artists perform the entirety of a classic album with the café transformed into a buzzing bar & restaurant. Touring original artists visit frequently for weekend evening shows, including the legendary Reg Mombassa, Jeff Lang, Lloyd Spiegel, Steve Balbi & Dave Graney.
Whether it’s to come and try the fresh seasonal produce, pick up some yellow carrots, have a custom hamper made or just hang out in a unique cafe location that is an old cool room. Or if you simply want to share the company of a passionate local host, The Agrestic Grocer has you covered.
***Restrictions with Covid 19 may mean some offers are not available at your time of visit.***
The Agrestic Kitchen
While catering for a 7 day a week breakfast & lunch menu we also produce a delicious range of jams, pickles, chutneys & relishes. Our signature pickled pumpkin features both in jar on the shelf & as a part of the famous Ploughman’s Lunch
The local food movement is all about partnerships & Agrestic has joined forces with some of the absolute best producers in the region. Free range, pasture raised pork from Fresh Pastures near Stuart Town takes pride of place as the featured, “Pig of The Day” menu choice. This isn’t just a conventional supplier relationship though. Spent grain from Badlands, excess whey from Second Mouse & the limited fruit & veg waste from Agrestic are all donated to Fresh Pastures to supplement feed the heritage breed pigs. This then comes full circle back to the hands of the Agrestic chefs who break down the whole animals for the myriad of dishes served in the café. What could be more perfect? Waste management, sustainability, localism & nose to tail – all on one plate, all at Agrestic.
With such an abundant region to draw upon, local produce is everywhere you look. Locally roasted coffee by Orange Roasting Co. is paired with the iconic Little Big Dairy Milk. Little Big are one of the very few single origin, direct from farm dairies in the country so you know your ¾ double ristretto latte will not only taste better but will also be putting more back in to the pockets of the farmers – right where it belongs.
Once you’ve fuelled up, its time to hit the store. Badlands Beers, Second Mouse Cheeses, Agrestic Preserves & a whole host of regional products & fresh produce adorn the shelves. Everything from unwaxed apples to beer soap to free range eggs & local wines are at your fingertips. The list of local goodies is almost endless. Fourjay Farms hazelnuts, Spencer & Origin Chocolates, Small Acres Cyder, stacks of olive oils, cult status salad dressing from Di Ridge, fresh garlic & freshly milled peanut butter. We could go on! Stone Pine Gin – enough said. Milla Cordial….
Agrestic has also put its hand to producing some of their goodies themselves. Two bee hives, one a modern langstroth hive & the other an older yet more progressive Warre, house 10s of thousands of happy & productive bees. The precious honeycomb is harvested and served as part of Agrestic’s unique take on a Ploughman’s Lunch.
Local Is Better
Locally roasted coffee by Orange Roasting Co. is paired with the iconic Little Big Dairy Milk.
The Agrestic Grocer is proud to share the same facility with Badlands Brewery. In the role as cellar door for Badlands, Agrestic retails the complete range & provides tastings through the restaurant & bar. Badland’s takes its fair share of the lime light. The Agrestic Bacon & Egg Sandwich has earned its reputation for being unique & delectable with its lashings of Agrestic made Badlands Beer Jam. Yep, beer jam. Delicious. You’ll even find spent brewery grain on the menu in the form of brewery grain crackers.
Further to this culinary co-operation, the ventures have joined forces in the fight against food waste. Agrestic’s minimal fruit & veg waste, Badland’s spent brewery grain are all donated to local Pig suppliers, These beautifully nourished, happy pigs are then supplied to the Agrestic kitchen where the chefs work through from nose to tail. Keep an eye our for one of our delicious meals utilising these sustainably managed pigs.
What is it about IT that makes its professionals run for the hills? One could speculate… Regardless, once living in the hills it’s advisable & desirable to take up something productive. Jon Shiner certainly did. Badlands Brewery opened its doors in Orange in 2010 producing a Pale Ale & IPA aimed squarely at reproducing the flavors of regional brewers in the UK. Traditional brewing techniques along with careful procurement of the best ingredients have resulted in the development of one of regional NSW’s most respected craft beer producers.
Not one to follow the crowd, many of Jon’s range draws upon the rich history of brewing culture in the eastern hemisphere. The occasional US inspired brew or left of field festival beer pokes it’s head through for contrast but the core stands strong with an emphasis on balance, craftsmanship & tradition.
Jon has even found a way to draw upon the strong local food culture of his adopted home. Each year a special seasonal ‘Baltic Porter’ dubbed ‘The Gloaming’ is brewed true to style – to a point. A touch on new world style informs an infusion of a select local ingredient. It could be Morello cherries, figs or even black truffles. Truly local flavours, inspired combinations & adroit execution. With 9 beers in the range, you’ll be hard pressed to feel left out.
Badlands tasting paddles at Agrestic come with 3 or 6 beers. You can order your favorite as a full or half pint. Licensed service kicks off at 10:00am 7 days a week. All the range is available in the shop in various qtys. Haven’t decided on what you want? The mixed 6 is a great choice & an even better gift.