Monday, May 31, 2010

Packed & Ready

This morning's hilbarn fresh produce boxes are pictured here in the hilbarn packing shed looking super-fit, pert and ready to go! Rhonda (below) from Rhobar Farm, Bangor, harvested her rhubarb crop for us yesterday - enough to pack into boxes for all our new customers today. Welcome aboard to you, and thanks to Rhonda (who also rises before the birds these days to help the two of us pack produce into boxes on Mondays).

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Tasmanian Beauty

While taking a trip to see Nigel and Pip from Brid River Lamb in Springfield, we couldn't help but stop to admire the view from the Sledge Track of West Scottsdale and the Brid River Valley. For us, it is quintessentially Tasmanian. We'd love to know more about the history of this special valley. Feel free to leave your comments here if you'd like to share what you know and love about the Sledge Track (why is it called Sledge, for example?) In the meantime, we're hoping to learn more from Nigel and Pip, whose passion is for a return to lamb production in the most traditional of ways.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Roadside Fruit & Veg

If you fancy a short drive in the country, we're just 20 minutes' drive from the beautiful city of town-meets-country Launceston. Along with hilbarn fresh produce, we have country wares, locally made jewellery, handbags and cushions, local preserves and essential oil soaps on sale at hilbarn new vintage. Come and visit us soon. We're at 1065 Pipers River Road, Karoola.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

White Sunday

In this week's box: Ice...! Seriously - the coldest start to the day this year made us really appreciate being alive. We took these shots on Pipers River Road on our way to pick up fresh produce this morning. Amazing to see the diehard living things that somehow manage to survive freezing point... and that includes the man we met in West's Bakery, Newnham on our way home - the one wearing shorts!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Walnuts Ahoy!

Last week's walnuts in hilbarn boxes were enjoyed in more ways than one by Toby and Jasper. It started with a walnut feast, and ended with walnut ships at sea! Thank you to their mum Amy for sharing her boys' wonderful imaginations. And if you happen to have any walnuts left, here's a recipe for Walnut Pie that we liked the sound of today on Chris Wisbey's Weekends program on ABC Local Radio: 

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Organic Walnuts

Tamar Valley Certified Organic Walnuts feature in this week's hilbarn boxes, harvested recently and sun-dried by Lucy and Chris on their large walnut orchard on the Tamar River at Rowella. Lucy says they grow mostly Chandler (an English variety), with Frankette as pollinators (they're the pointy ones that are hard to crack). One of Lucy's favourite recipes is Walnut Pesto.  Simply use walnuts  instead of pine nuts.  Make it without the cheese, says Lucy, and it will keep in the fridge for months - as long as you make sure there's a thin layer of olive oil on the top.  And over winter, use parsley instead of basil.  Walnut pesto is great for pasta, sandwiches or on biscuits with cheese.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Mystery Ingredient

We were invited to elegant and historic Egremont in East Launceston to dig for a mystery ingredient for next week's Hilbarn box. Possibily the most curious vegetable we've encountered, we plan to include it and a recipe which uses it in Monday's box. Any ideas?

Friday, May 7, 2010

Best of AgFest

Here's Hilbarn's pick of what people have done with their produce at AgFest 2010: Christmas Hills' "Raspberry Bouche" - they're mini flans that melt in your mouth while your eyes look towards heaven... You'll find them in the Dairy Expo.