Farms

Open 25 and 26 November 2017


Farmers and producers from a selection of inviting locations in the Tamar Valley will open their gates for the weekend on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November to share their stories and give you a real taste of life on a small working farm.

Find out what’s happening on Tasmania’s farms in springtime! Enjoy a tour of the farm, orchard or paddocks, meet the producers and hear their stories, find out more about what it’s like to run a small agri business in one of our produce heartlands – or just enjoy the magnificent landscapes and scenery!

The West Tamar Valley is blessed with wonderful soils and micro-climates, and small pockets of land which are perfect for growing Tasmania’s premium produce. We look forward to sharing this special part of the world and the wonderful lifestyle it offers with you!

Brady’s Lookout Cider

The only Tasmanian cider mill devoted to using the methode traditionelle to make sparkling ciders of exceptional quality and – drinkability!

Caro and Chris Brown have studied the science of cider making extensively overseas, in the cider producing regions of Germany, France and England. Caro hails from proud Tasmanian apple growing stock herself, having grown up in an orchard property in the Huon Valley. Since moving onto their property in the West Tamar, Caro and Chris have transformed the former pear and walnut orchard, planting heritage apples for culinary uses and cider.

Since they are busy building a magnificent cellar door at their Brady’s Lookout property, Brady’s Lookout Cider will be hosted by Muddy Creek Apples at  Legana for the Festival weekend. Caro and Chris will be on hand at Muddy Creek to give talks on cider making and offer tastings and sales of their delicious sparkling cider. 

BYO picnic in the orchard.

 

Contact

Caroline and Chris Brown

Caroline: 0431 010 300
Chris: 0418 381 839

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TALKS: 10.30am and on the half hour

Brady’s Lookout Cider will be hosted by Muddy Creek Apple Orchard at 23 Muddy Creek Road, Legana. Their talks will be at 10.30am and on the half hour after that. 

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Bridgenorth Berries

Friends Susan and Narelle came to Tasmania looking for sanctuary, and found it on this beautiful mixed berry farm in Bridgenorth with its tranquil feel and rambling orchard.

Besides the boysenberries, blackberries and other varieties that Susan and Narelle are still discovering, you’ll find picnic tables, a picturesque setting and gardens, and small but beautiful lake – fed by a stream that also feeds the farm’s produce.

The pair have spent their first few months of ownership restoring the orchard and meeting customers who have visited the farm in the past to pick their own berries.

While the berries will still be ripening in November, there’s no doubting the warm welcome and the tranquillity. Come visit for a picnic and a stroll around the orchards, and treat yourself to some farm-made jam – it couldn’t be more local!

Refreshments available including muffins, tea and coffee, cold drinks and lollies or BYO picnic.

Please note no credit card or Eftpos facilities are available at this farm – cash sales only.

Contact

Susan and Narelle

421 Long Plains Road, Bridgenorth

0474 003 649

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TOURS: 10am and on the hour

CASH ONLY; no credit card or Eftpos

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Grennels Dairy Farm

Located on river flats bordering the Supply River at Glengarry, Grennels Farm milks 230 cows over Spring, Summer and Autumn each year. Their milk is trucked to the Fonterra Factory in Spreyton and turned into dairy products for the national retail market.

Each of the farm’s cows produces around 25 litres of milk per day. Farmers Stephen and Andrea maintain their stock levels with the best outcomes in mind for cow, farm and farmer, keeping numbers low so that cattle do not have to compete for feed and pasture. They believe low stress management measures are best in the constantly changing world of farming.

On the day

Whilst it is not possible for visitors to view the milking shed in operation, there will be walking tours of the farm to the dairy.

In addition, visitors will be able to view and purchase products from Andrea’s small business ‘Andie Merle’ in which she designs and produces skirts, with an emphasis on ‘slow fashion’.

Stephen and Andrea’s son Brad Goldsack’s Carpentry and Building products will also be available – Brad specialises in creating traditional products using age old techniques – from breadboards to coffee tables and fully relocatable tiny houses.

BYO picnic in the garden.

 

Contact

Grennels Dairy Farm

Stephen and Andrea Goldsack

513 South Winkleigh Road

Glengarry

03 6396 3249

0437 049 812

TOURS: 10am and on the hour – last tour at 2pm.

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Grey Sands Vineyard

Complex, intriguing and sometimes confronting, Grey Sands Wines wines are cellared prior to release and have gained a reputation as some of the most exceptional cool climate wines produced in the region.

The only thing to surpass owners Rita and Bob’s love of wines is their passion for gardening. Now in its thirtieth year, the garden at Grey Sands featured regularly in Open Gardens Australia and has reached a lush maturity, offering shade, picnic nooks and something to delight even the most experienced garden designer’s eye at every turn.

On the Festival weekend you’re invited to enjoy wine tastings in a garden setting, stay for a glass or two, or BYO picnic and stay for longer! Find a shady nook and throw a rug on the ground, or enjoy one of the table settings with spectacular views over the vineyard to the valley beyond. Samples and sales of plants will be available – and of course wines!

BYO picnic in the gardens.

Contact

Rita and Bob Richter
6 Kerrisons Road, Glengarry
03 6396 1167
No dogs allowed
TOURS: 10 am and on the hour

Honey Tasmania - the Beehive

Honey Tasmania can now be found in the Beehive, their splendid new honey showroom in Exeter – right opposite the Farmgate Festival hub.

Learn all about the remarkable journey from flower to jar, and appreciate the wonder that is the honeybee. You can also taste the uniquely different varieties of pure raw honey made by our millions of industrious bees. Honey Tasmania’s hives are moved around between locations in the north of Tasmania, following the flow of nectar and pollen. This allows the company to bring you over 15 distinctive honeys.

Tristan and Rebecca Campbell, the beekeeper and the honey seller, are two of the most passionate and knowledgeable bee lovers you will find. There’s nothing they love more than to talk honey, honey products and bee keeping. The shop offers a wide range of honey alcohols including traditional meads, liqueurs, whiskeys and ales – as well as locally crafted giftware celebrating the beauty of the honeybee.

Contact

Rebecca and Tristan Campbell

The Honey Bee

124 Main Road, Exeter

03 6331 9300

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TALKS: 10.30am and on the half hour

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Langdale Farm Pork

See hobby farming in full swing at Langdale Farm – not just a farm but also a food and agri-tourism business.

Oliver Stocker raises rare breed Berkshire and Wessex Saddleback pigs in a bush block on just a few acres, and makes premium bacon and sausages which the couple sell at award winning Harvest Launceston farmers’ market and through local fine-food providores. The farm has a place in the new sharing economy, offering tranquillity and a taste of real rural life in its comfortable guest accommodation. Meanwhile, Fiona Stocker is a local author writing about their endeavours, rural life and the food and tourism sector in Tasmania in her own books and in magazine features.

On the Day 

Take a tour of the farm with Oliver, throw some windfall apples to the pigs and maybe even pat a piglet! See the smoker in action and learn about making your own sausages and bacon, building your own smoker, and curing and smoking your own meats and other products. Chat to Oliver and Fiona about their move to Tasmania and survival in a small regional farm and food business. And don’t forget to grab a delicious sausage in a roll from the barbecue, served with farm-made relish.

BBQ gourmet sausages in a roll with farm made relish for sale at the farm.

Contact

Oliver and Fiona Stocker

Langdale Farm

220 Glengarry Road, Glengarry

0404 095 590

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TOURS: 10.30am and on the half hour

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Lentara Olive Grove

Lentara Grove produces award-winning extra virgin olive oil from olives lovingly grown on site by owners Martin and Sophie Grace.

The grove’s olives are cold pressed on site within hours of harvest in a spacious, purpose built processing shed, and bottled in small batches for the freshest possible product. The farm is located on a sweeping rise just north of Exeter, and the area’s unique micro-climate produces olives and oils of exceptional quality.

A new range of teas was introduced this year, and the couple also make a range of premium skincare products that will leave your skin feeling the best it has ever been.

Samples and sales of all products will be available on the day – try for yourself to taste and feel the difference!

 

Contact

Martin and Sophie Grace

2670 West Tamar Highway, Exeter

0407 870 845

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Muddy Creek Apples

Muddy Creek is a historic apple and pear orchard just outside Legana, now owned and run by Kym Shilton and Peter Farquhar, assisted by their three boys.

The perfect 130-acre property is bordered by Muddy Creek, which is much prettier than its name, and has views out to the Tamar River. It features heirloom apple varieties like Gravenstein, crofton, cox’s orange pippin, red delicious, fuji and lady in the snow along with six types of pear, including the original winter cole trees planted in 1915.

All continue to bear fruit, and this year will drop their 100th crop. Peter and Kym sell all their fruit direct from the apple shed on weekends from February to July, and supply the IGA in Exeter, and speciality produce store Alps&Amici in East Launceston.

Whilst the trees won’t be in fruit, there’s still plenty to see on the farm tour in November. It’s a beautiful time to be in the orchard with the bees, blossom and one of Tasmania’s only flocks of Shropshire sheep. And then there’s Peter’s cider, described as experimental – you’re welcome to request a taste.

BYO picnic in the orchard.

Contact

Kym Shilton and Peter Farquhar

23 Muddy Creek Road, Legana

0438 341 363

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TOURS: 10am and on the hour.

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Real Beef - CLOSED

Due to unfinished construction work on their farms, Real Beef have had to withdraw from Farmgate Festival.

We look forward to welcoming them next year.

You can find their stall with a full selection of Angus beef products and smallgoods at Harvest Market, every Saturday from 8.30am to 12.30pm on Cimitiere Street, Launceston.

Contact

Bjarke Pederson and Larry Blackberry

 

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Tamar Valley Hazelnuts

Since moving onto their farm in 2010, Carol and Nathan Bracken have planted five thousand hazelnut trees. These are are now beginning to produce in commercial quantity for the wholesale and niche gourmet market – think hazelnut gin and premium hazelnut chocolates!

On the Festival weekend you can tour the orchard and visit the farm sheds to see how hazelnuts are cracked, sorted, air dried and packaged. There will be tastings and sales, and you’re welcome to enjoy a BYO picnic under the trees.

Carol and Nathan are both active members of the Hazelnut Association of Australia and are a font of knowledge on the nut industry. Carol is also the creator of our wonderful Farmgate Festival.

BYO picnic in the hazelnut orchard.

Contact

Carol and Nathan Bracken

Tamar Valley Hazelnuts

43 Turkey Farm Road, Glengarry

0423 255 776

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TOURS: 10.30am and on the half hour

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Tamar Valley Truffles

Tamar Valley Truffles is exquisitely located in a magnificent, sweeping valley just behind Launceston. Around eight hectares are given over to some 3,000 stately oak trees planted in 2001, below which the truffles flourish until they are harvested from June to September of each year. The farm’s truffles were produced from spores of the world renowned French Perigord truffle.

As you might expect, the farm’s premium quality truffles are snapped up straight away by the export market and direct to chefs and restaurants. However, while there won’t be any actual truffles around for the Festival, there will most certainly be some of Tamar Valley Truffles’ award winning truffle infused products for sampling and sales.

These may include truffled Cheddar, Brie and butter, truffled risotto, Tasmanian truffled olive oil, mustaard and sea salt, and truffled shortbread and honeys.

Visit for an insight into the exquisite world of truffles right here in Tasmania.

Contact

Marcus Jessup, John Bailey

349 Ecclestone Road, Riverside

0417 112 655

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Van Diemen Aquaculture

Atlantic Salmon are farmed by Van Diemen Aquaculture in the tidal waters of the Tamar River at the their Rowella marine farm. Salmon have been farmed here since 2000, when four steel cages were installed. The farm now has 28 cages, accessible from platforms and linked to the shore by walkways. This makes it unique among aquaculture sites in the southern hemisphere. Farm employees can walk or if necessary drive onto the platforms, for feeding, cleaning, maintenance and harvesting, and all operations are possible without the use of boats.

The Rowella farm grows 2,800 tonnes of salmon per year and employs 25 people.

On the day

You must book in advance order to visit Van Deimen Aquaculture. Visitors will not be admitted on the day without a pre-booked ticket. There will be no ticket sales at the farm.

Children aged 8 and over only permitted on tours, and must be supervised closely by an adult at all times.

We regret that tours are not suitable for pushchairs, or wheelchair access.

Please note that the marine farm will be operational during the festival and this will include the harvesting of fish, a mechanical process carried out with best practice and the welfare of fish uppermost in mind.

Contact

Van Diemen Aquaculture

627 Rowella Road

Rowella

03 6394 7733

Book your visit to Van Diemen Aquaculture through the Festival website – click on ‘Buy Tickets’.

Children must be aged 8 years and over, and supervised by an adult at all times. No dogs allowed.

TOURS: 10am, 12noon and 2pm

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Village Olive Grove

This beautiful olive grove of 830 Frantoio Tuscan variety trees is tucked away in the folds of the Grindelwald hillsides with views over the Tamar River. Here, Allen and Barbara Baird harvest their olives while still green, for robustness and health benefits, and press them straight away for freshness and flavour. The resulting taste sensation is a truly premium extra virgin olive oil which has won awards at both state and national competitions and was snapped up by 3-Michelin star French chef Alain Passard when he visited Tasmania in 2017.

Allen and Barbara are true olive oil enthusiasts. Meet them at the grove and discover ways of eating olive oil you’ve never previously dreamed of. Besides the usual, such as with pasta and salads, there’s Allen’s favourite – drizzled over vanilla ice cream with a sprinkling of sea salt! Try the oil for yourself at the grove where it’s grown, with locally baked artisan breads from Bauer’s Homestyle Bakery. There will also be guided walks through the pretty slopes of the grove, and of course the natural tranquillity and views of the Tamar estuary.

Sample Village Olive Grove’s oil with Bauer’s bakery products, baked fresh at nearby Gravelly Beach, and brought to you on the day by baker Linda Bauer at the grove.

Contact

Allen and Barbara Baird
26 Skyline Avenue, Grindelwald
0438 301 731
TOURS: 10.30am and on the half hour

Wines for Joanie

Discover a one-of-a-kind rustic cellar door, take in the scenery and meet some of the farm’s petting animals at the farm that also happens to be a vineyard – Wines for Joanie. Owners Prue and Andrew purchased the property, Glendale, in 2012, captivated by the history and beauty of the place. Set in the hinterlands of the Tamar, it’s undeniably picturesque with grand vistas and charming heritage sheds.

Prue and Andrew are of lifelong farm stock, growing up on cattle and cropping farms down the road from each other in country Queensland. Since moving to Tasmania, they have improved Glendale’s pastures, fences and watering systems and planted 1.5hectares of Pinot Noir. They run good quality Angus yearlings and fatten them over the months when pastures are of good quality.

On the festival weekend they will offer farm and vineyard tours, farm animals for children to meet and feed, and wine tastings for grown-ups to enjoy – and the undeniable ambience of a beautiful farmland property in the Tamar. Come along and feel it for yourself!

Contact

Prue and Andrew O’Shanesy

163 Glendale Road, Sidmouth

03 6394 7005

0429 006 222

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TOURS: 10.30am and on the half hour

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Yorktown Organics

Yorktown Organics is a boutique certified organic local farm pioneered by Bruce and Clare Jackon almost three decades ago. Today, their farm produces a wide range of the freshest organic produce available in Tasmania.

Bruce and Clare’s desire for self-sufficiency and environmental preservation spiralled into a passion for producing quality organic baby vegetables, salad leaves, herbs and berries.

The York Town Organic mission is to produce, harvest and supply the best Tasmanian organic vegetables and herbs to consumers. They supply independent grocers and restaurants throughout the state.

The business is built on the belief that customers share their desire for culinary perfection – quality, healthy, wholesome family food.

At the farm you’ll be invited to tour the outdoor production beds and hothouses with Bruce, Clare and other family members, and purchase fresh produce direct from the farm door.

 

Contact

Clare and Bruce Jackson

120 Bowens Road, York Town

03 6383 4624

yorktownorganics@gmail.com

TOURS: 10am and on the hour

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