Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas from hilbarn

Hil's neice, Grace, helping to weigh apricots and stamp our handmade berry boxes on Sunday. Thanks Grace!
A finished hilbarn Xmas berry box featuring Penna Valley apricots, East Tamar & Pipers Brook raspberries, blueberries from Gravelly Beach, Hillwood strawberries and cherries from Somercotes, Ross.

 Xmas Eve at The Nuns' House. 
A beautiful handmade Christmas card from Edie, who's 4, thanking hilbarn for all the fruit and vegetables throughout the year. We love her Xmas tree fruit!

Thank you for visiting us here.
Have a peaceful holiday & happy new year
from Hil & Barn.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Thank You to our Tassie Growers

We wanted to introduce you to Simon from Meander Valley Berries and Lisa a grower from Burnie who we discovered recently in the local paper.  Simon is photographed at his recently opened farmgate shop in Hillwood where they make cream, butter and grow some of the best strawberries in Australia. If you subscribe to hilbarn fresh produce boxes you would have tasted them over the past few weeks. Lisa is photographed in the pouring rain at Launceston's Harvest Market last Saturday morning, where we too got drenched just picking up her family farm's wonderful garden peas. To all our growers, *thank you* for the most bountiful year, we really appreciate your hard work, and wish you all the very the best wishes for the coming season, rain, hail or shine.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Cocktail Jam #1

Rhubarb, strawberries, roses... Cocktail Jam by Kate Smith for hilbarn features in this week's hilbarn box... Rhubarb from Moriarty, strawberries from Hillwood and Mr Lincoln rose petals from the Nuns' House garden. Kate says she tinkered with a favourite recipe from Uncanny Preserves, adding more strawberry lushness, and replacing peonies with roses to "enhance the swoon factor". Love it on scones, in yoghurt, atop a cheescake, in a cocktail, or just straight from the jar... which is why we chose jars you can swipe your tongue or fingers round the inside in order to savour every last smidge. Please refrigerate after opening. Best consumed within a month. Jars will be happily recycled. Next month: Kate Smith for hilbarn's Three Lemon Marmalade. 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Shades of Carrot

We loved Dee's bunches of mixed carrots from Brighton/Tea Tree in this week's hilbarn boxes. A mix of white, pale yellow, soft and traffic light orange - sweet to taste and good just eaten raw. We've just placed our orders for next week's boxes and will collect this weekend from growers. You can check the hilbarn Facebook page for a list of contents each Monday morning.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Spoils of a Tasmanian Day #3

Pear and apple ciders from the Tamar Valley Cider Company in Rowella; Yondover's Bangor Chevre, Miller's Orchard cool store apples from Hillwood and Mersey Valley strawberries (from Hillwood, too). Perfect afternoon for a picnic.

Berry Boxes In The Making

It's been busy in the hilbarn shed this week. We finally decided on the design for our new limited edition Berry Box. The last two years we've recycled fence palings but there seem to be less of them around these days. This year, we've chosen pine along with these lengths of beautiful Tasmanian myrtle veneer we were lucky enough to pick up for a song from a Launceston timber yard. So far, no nails. We're weaving the peachy myrtle veneer together to form a base. Next step: to join the sides. It only took us three weeks, and a few heated discussions, to make them work and look the way we wanted them to. And after three prototypes, we got it right. Repetitive tasks are interesting. Like starting a bush walk or mountain climb. For the first half hour you think you're never going to make it, but once you're in the groove, the task seems to complete itself. Come back on Christmas Eve to see them finished and filled with luscious local berries, ripe for the table on Christmas Day.