Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Young Hearts

We love meeting young people who share our passion for fresh produce. It's one of the things that helps us keep going. This weekend, we were rewarded meeting Bobby from Kindred at Devonport Farmer's Market, and Duncan from Underwood, who helped us pack hilbarn boxes on Sunday night. Thanks, guys! We hope to have some of Bobby, and mum Sandy's, freshly dug market stall produce in future boxes. And, Duncan, who told us half way through the evening "I love working", you are welcome back any time - if mum and dad don't mind.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Perfect Parsnips

We've never seen whiter parsnips than the ones we picked up from Sandra in Sassafras at the weekend for this week's hilbarn boxes. There's a good reason for that: the crop is grown on the river silt flood plains on the Mersey River rather than the red soils of Sassafras. Parsnips are hand-harvested to prevent bruising and gently washed before leaving the farm. We all commented on their elegance and purity as we packed them carefully into hilbarn boxes ready for delivery. We hope you appreciate the extra effort Sandra takes with the family's farm produce as much as we do; it looks like Sandra's daughters Lucy and Holly do too!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Thank You To All Our Growers

To Va and Pheng in Devonport, to Brett in Lower Barrington, to Steve in Flowery Gully, to Yuri, Johan and Nathalie in Kindred... to all our growers: we've loved finding you (and how you found us) along the way. We really appreciate what you do and how hard you work (often in the face of gross adversity). Thank you for being there at the end of the road to cheer our day and to inspire us to keep providing the freshest local produce we can find.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Roads Well Travelled

We love our trips each weekend to pick up fresh produce for hilbarn boxes. See how the roads are free and easy? How blue the sky is? How blissful is the route through fields, plains, bush and towns that we've come to know like the back of our hands. Tomorrow we're off to farming friends in Kindred and East Devonport, Hillwood and Lebrina, and we might stop in at the Jansz Wine Room in Pipers River on the way home for a refreshing half glass of bubbles. Have a wonderful long weekend, whatever road you might be travelling...