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...

4 comments:

Killiecrankie Farm said...

Hil - as always staggered by your work conditions !

Shame you caught that rain though, a nice drop after all the dry weeks :)

Look forward to your next CS feature.

chrisartist said...

Sounds like such a great day !
Are there many truffle farms in Tassie?
Chris

Hilbarn said...

Thanks Lee, how are your Christmas trees doing this year ? Ready for a magazine appearance do you think?

Hilbarn said...

Hi Chris, just in the process of finding this out. Only two or three I think - still a young industry here - but Tamar Valley truffles are gaining a reputation for being among the best in the country. Keep you posted.