Thursday, April 28, 2011

On The Road Again

We placed our orders with farmers this morning for your seasonal surprise in a box...which means we're back on the road again after the Easter break, hunting and gathering fresh local produce from around the state, and delivering your hilbarn boxes on Mondays in Launceston and Tuesdays in Hobart. Thanks to Darren (pictured here with his dog Daisy) for keeping our hilbarn "fleet" serviced and shipshape for all of the above. We have to tell you, Daisy has the most delicate touch. When Darren dropped off Versace after fixing his exhaust (Trevallyn, you will no longer hear us coming a mile away!), Daisy came too. And while we chatted over a cuppa, she found a hen's egg in a rogue nest, picked it up between her teeth and, without breaking it, dropped it at Hil's feet. Now that's service for you!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Pear Picking

Thank you to Jen (far left) and daughter Simone who invited hilbarn to pick their beautiful nashi pear tree on a perfect afternoon last Friday. Our market garden double boxes are packed with their nashis this week, along with Sidmouth apples and quinces from Lefroy.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Meet Maurice!

Congratulations to Gemma of Loz and Dinny who named hilbarn's Third Van as: Maurice (said with a French accent). We had great fun, thanks for playing. We'd also like to give blogger 'Chrisartist' a complimentary hilbarn box as runner up (please drop us an email, Chris, with your address for tomorrow's delivery). You can meet Maurice (now cleaned) on Sundays at 1065 Pipers River Road (10-3).

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Trees Bleed!

This morning, while Paul was chainsawing through the tree that fell over the driveway during the recent storm, Hil went pale for a second. Blood seemed to be gushing from a wound. Oh my god, where's the finger?... Do you need some help with that? "It's sap," said Paul, "it's from the tree." Sure enough, it was coming from a saw line, but flowing as if an artery had been severed: thick and dark red, just like human blood. Paul explained the sap was making its way back down the tree for winter. Did you know that trees could bleed? And does anyone know if you can make anything from gushing sap?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Lucky Miss!

Woke up this morning to find last night's furious south easterly had brought down a tree right across the driveway! Lucky that it fell just to the right of the hilbarn packing shed... Counting blessings today, plus not walking under trees.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

In This Week's Box...

So far, we've picked up freshly dug Red Chantary carrots from Tim in Flowery Gully (pictured left at our halfway meeting point in Hillwood), and tree-ripened apples from Michael and Sally of Windara Orchard, Sidmouth. The fruits of autumn are plentiful! We'll be collecting first of the season cabbage from Brett and Brussel sprouts from Johan and Nathalie tomorrow.

Friday, April 8, 2011

The Third Van

Last night we were quite excited to be picking up our latest edition to the hilbarn fleet (which includes Guido the 1979 Ford Transit, and Versace the 1983 Ford Econovan). We were kindly invited to rescue this cute-as-a-button Morris Commercial J-Type from Leonie and Ross' backyard bush shed where it's been resting up for some decades, with spiders and snakes as company. Leonie says Ross picked up the former baker's van in 1977 for $60. It's been all the way to Bruny Island (and back!) from Pipers River, and even picked up two hitchhikers on Bridport Road. We're not sure, yet, if he'll ever be roadworthy again, but he's viewable on Sundays parked at the hilbarn collectables store - a lovable work in progress. Thanks to Leonie, Ross and Kate for helping Morris J find a new home! Now, if you could just help us to name him... Or, is it a her? A complimentary hilbarn fresh produce box will go to the most fitting suggestion.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

At The Apron Market

It's a beautiful morning in Launceston. The Apron Market is on at Seaport so make sure you drop by and say hello to jeweller-maker Anita Dineen (photographed at right with Hil) who has a stall selling her award-winning and seriously sleek pate and cheese knives, her husband's rustic cheese platters, Vix Kitch fresh preserves and jams, and showcasing a hilbarn fresh produce box. Pick up a subscription form, and say hi from us!