We collected provisions for hilbarn's August store produce box on a beautiful spring day in the state's northwest. Now we're busy putting together September's selection - this time from the South - chosen by Hobart-based 'food curator' Jo Cook. We'll introduce you to Jo and her personal selection next week. In the meantime, we thought we'd share a few phone snaps from our most recent road trip to Mole Creek, Kindred, Spreyton, Latrobe, Christmas Hills, Deloraine, and Bridgenorth.
Organic Leatherwood Honey from R. Stephens Apiary in Mole Creek (spot the snow remnants on the Great Western Tiers in the background). The Stephens family has been making honey here since the 1920s. We found them busily painting bee hives ready for their journey to the West Coast rainforest for the summer.
Here's Ziggy from 40 Degrees South Salmon & Ginseng Wetlands Farm near Deloraine. We love their salmon products. And now we love their ginseng spice too.
Raspberry jam from Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm - where, really, every day must be Christmas.
Mural artistry in the playground at the Cherry Shed, Latrobe where we found the delicious cherry liqueur for this month's hilbarn store produce box.
It's always a test travelling west to try and tell what's growing in the paddocks. Here, in Kindred, are fields of oats, turned into rolled oats by Lauren, Henriette and family at Kindred Organics.
Damien from Spreyton Cider serving freshly pressed ciders on tap at the tasting room in Spreyton.
Last stop, Rocky Gardens, where we were chuffed to see country ways still working. "We'll leave it on the fence post for you!" said Patricia. And there it was at the end of a long day just as the sun was going down behind the gum trees.
Taken on the side of the road in Moriarty. Last time we stopped here the paddock was full of poppies (and a little red tractor). Wondering what it will be this summer?