Tarts raise money

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 12-Dec-2014

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Food Fossickers restaurant member Masons of Bendigo is baking up a storm to spread some Christmas spirit with an old fashioned cake drive, raising funds for the Bendigo Community Farmers Market.

Restaurant owner and pastry chef Sonia Anthony has donated both her time and talent to bake the artisan lemon tarts and Masons of Bendigo will contribute $500 to cover the ingredients required.

All of the money raised from the drive will be donated to the Bendigo Community Farmers Market, who will use the funding to purchase a much needed automated stallholder management system.

“I have been baking a lemon tart every Christmas for the last decade, a tradition that brings much joy to our extended family,” Mrs Anthony said.

“It was the excitement that comes from this tradition that inspired the idea to bake them in support of a terrific local not-for-profit enterprise that I believe is an essential part of our food community.

“An automated stall holder management system will allow market manager Hayley Davis to spend more time searching for and communicating with diverse stallholders to expand the market’s product range and strengthening the farmer’s market offering.

Mrs Anthony said she wanted to encourage other food producers and vendors to be creative about how they too can support these community enterprises.

“Small businesses don’t always have cash to donate, but they can use their workplace skills and talents to collaborate creatively so everyone wins,” she said.  

Sonia’s homemade lemon tarts are 23cm x 23cm in size, topped with summer berries and serve 10 guests at a price of $55 each.

Orders spanning the next two weeks are being taken via the Masons of Bendigo Facebook page, by clicking on the TryBooking ordering system link on the top page post.

Lemon tart numbers are limited, interested purchasers are encouraged to place their orders as soon as possible.

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