Sunday, August 28, 2011

Let's Yam

In hilbarn boxes this week: freshly dug New Zealand yams from Lefroy market gardener Pottsy (aka Dave), who dropped them into the hilbarn shed during packing tonight on his way to performing at the Junction Arts Festival tent in Launceston. If you don't know what to do with your NZ yams, Dave advises to cook them in the same way as potatoes, but says roasting is best.

Friday, August 12, 2011


Somewhere it's written, or been said, or we've heard... that twelve daisies in a group means Spring has arrived. Almost there then!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Truffle Hunting

Yesterday we were invited by Stillwater restaurant to join their truffle hunt in the Tamar Valley. These aromatic black nuggets were freshly harvested yesterday, watched by our robust group who braved the first rain the region has seen for some time. Marcus Jessup (centre) from Tamar Valley Truffles hosted the afternoon on his family's 1600 ha property, just ten minutes from the centre of Launceston. While the truffle lovers returned to Stillwater to enjoy a truffle menu from chef Craig Will, we hot-footed it to the hilbarn packing shed to put together today's fresh produce boxes. We'd love to feature truffle in our box, but we may not be able to put anything else in it: the price is as exotic as their aroma! Look out for Hil's story on Marcus in Country Style magazine coming up soon. And thank you to Kim and Rod for an inspirational day. Truffle with egg, with sausage, with pinot noir...