Living in Western Australia, we’re lucky to have easy access to quality, local produce.

Eating local has many benefits: not only is the produce fresher with less distance to travel, it helps support local businesses and keeps money in the WA economy which benefits us all.

Two WA business that offer the best in local produce are Mt Barker Free Range Chicken and Linley Valley Pork.

Mt Barker Free Range Chicken

So what actually is a “free range chicken”?

There are currently no national standards for free-range chicken farming, however Mt Barker Chicken has a clear set of standards that governs how it cares for its birds. The idea is simple: chickens are left to roam freely and forage outdoors during the day on an area not less than three times the area of their shed, and are sheltered from predators and inclement weather at night.

Mt Barker Chicken sets itself the highest possible standards to ensure its chickens live in a happy and stress-free environment, which gives the chickens a superior taste and texture.

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Mt Barker Free Range Chicken offers a range of products including fresh cuts of chicken, sausages, schnitzels, kebabs and ready-to eat meals.

Visit the Mt Barker Free Range Chicken website here.

Linley Valley Pork

Linley Valley Pork farms breed, process and supply the finest, freshest, quality pork to butchers and retailers across Western Australia.

Linley Valley’s free-range farm in the Great Southern Region is located in the Porongurups, one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world. Happy and free to roam, the free-range pigs are nurtured outdoors, breathing clean air and fed a natural diet.

Linley Valley Pork partners with chosen butchers and retailers who take pride in rewarding customers with the ultimate flavour experience, created by a shared belief: that the best flavour comes from the best-cared for animals, raised and prepared with integrity in the purest of environments.

Visit the Linley Valley Pork website here.

Recipes

Now that you know how to find the best local chicken and pork, what kind of dishes can you cook with them?

There are plenty of recipes available on the Mt Barker Free Range Chicken and Linley Valley Pork websites – here’s a few tasty examples.

Chilli & lime pork brown rice bowls

Rice bowls are very much in fashion right now, and of course they’re healthy too.

This attractive bowl contains quality Linley Valley pork loin, plenty of fresh, healthy ingredients and of course a little chilli kick.

See the recipe here.

Thai Chicken Dumplings

Here’s an easy-to-make dish that is a great snack, party-pleaser or starter to any meal.

Filled with Mt Barker Chicken Mince and a few simple ingredients, these dumplings are easy to make and full of flavour.

See the recipe here.

Bacon and cheese pull apart bread

Who doesn’t love the smell of freshly-baked bread, especially when it’s full of local middle bacon and mature cheddar (and smothered in butter…)?

Baking is a fun activity that the whole family can enjoy and this loaf is a great accompaniment to any meal, assuming it lasts that long once it comes out of the oven!

See the recipe here. 

Mt Barker Chicken and Cheese Kransky Pizza

Sometimes you just want to curl up on the couch with a pizza, but that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality.

This great recipe uses Mt Barker Free Range Chicken’s Chicken and Cheese Kranksy Sausages to add a unique twist.

With a speedy preparation time of just 10 minutes, see the full recipe here.

Asian flavoured pork bolognese

Here’s a twist on the Aussie family classic using Linley Valley pork mince and ingredients you’ll find in any well-stocked pantry.

This dish is great for any night of the week, and once the chopping is done can be left to simmer while the flavours develop and you put your feet up.

See the full recipe here.

Mt Barker Chicken Schnitzel with Avocado Salad

Here’s another great family meal, this time with some Mexican flare! Mt Barker Free Range Chicken Schnitzels are ready to cook, coated in breadcrumbs, herbs and parmesan.

Add a quick guacamole and dinner is on the table in around 20 minutes.

See the full recipe here.

Candied Bacon Rocky Road

Thought there wasn’t going to be anything sweet on this list? Think again!

Candied bacon goes well with desserts, and works beautifully in this decadent rocky road filled with dark chocolate, marshmallows, glace cherries and – wait for it – a whole bar of Turkish Delight. It’s as much fun to eat as it is to make.

See the recipe here.

See many more recipes from Mt Barker Chicken here and Linley Valley Pork here.


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Martin Eade
Martin has left his IT career behind to focus on his true passions of writing, photography and food. His Perth-based food blog, Morsels, covers many areas including cafe & restaurant reviews, coffee and fast food.