Wednesday, August 21, 2013

August hilbarn Store Produce Box


This month's hilbarn store produce box features local provisions from North West Tasmania. Our selection of premium non-perishable items, personally chosen by Hil & Barn, is valued at $85. We will carefully pack it and arrange postage to wherever you are in Australia. 

* Regular postage and packaging Australia wide $25
* Postage/delivery is free to hilbarn Pick Up Points across Tasmania. 

If you'd like to place an order please email hilbarn@bigpond.com by 9 pm next Wednesday, August 28th.

Next month we'll feature hilbarn store produce sourced from southern Tasmania by a guest selector.


hilbarn store produce AUGUST menu (photographed above):

Spreyton Cider Co 1 x Vintage & 1 x Perry Cider 330ml
A bottle each of sweet perry cider (made from 100% Tasmanian pears) and Vintage 2012 cider (a seasonal blend made from Gravenstein, Cox's Orange Pippen and Sturmer apples), sourced from century old family orchards in Spreyton.

Kindred Organics Rolled Oats 1kg
Organically grown oats are rolled fresh on demand on this family farm in the fertile north west of Tasmania. Oats should be consumed within a 3 month period, and kept cool and dry in dark storage.

The Cherry Shed Cherry Liqueur 200ml
Cherry Liqueur made from large black cherries from Latrobe, best enjoyed straight or added to sparkling wine, lemonade, or poured onto ice cream for a decadent dessert.

Rocky Gardens Home Made Whisky Marmalade 280g
Award winning home made preserve from Bridgenorth made in the traditional method (cooking original recipes in small batches).  Contains oranges, lemons & 4% whisky; no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. Gold Medal recipient from the Hobart Fine Food Awards.

Christmas Hills Raspberry Jam 300g
Luscious raspberry jam made from raspberries grown in the cool climate Great Western Tiers region. Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm, first established thirty years ago, grows 8 different varieties of raspberries for their jams. 

R. Stephens Organic Leatherwood Honey 500g
Uniquely flavoured honey produced only in Tasmania from leatherwood trees grown in the wilderness areas of the island state. The R Stephens Apiary was first established in Mole Creek in 1920 as a pre-World War One hobby and has since survived three generations of quality honey production.  

Heidi Farm Gruyere Cheese
An authentic farmhouse cheese based in Burnie, north west Tasmania, hand crafted following traditional cheese making techniques; a consistent winner in the Australian Grand Dairy Awards. 

40 Degrees South Ginseng Spice 100g
Contains a mix of spices including ginseng and Tasmanian mountain pepper both grown at 41 Degrees South Salmon & Ginseng Farm located near Westbury and first established in 1995. Use in seasoning for meat, fish, salads or sprinkle on sour cream. 

Remember to place your order with us at hilbarn@bigpond.com before next Wednesday, August 28th. With thanks from Hil & Barn.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Gushing Rivers, Blocked Roads, Unlimited Downpours


Floods were widespread in our neighbours' paddocks at the weekend as Pipers River broke its banks. The normally lush green grassy valley became criss-crossed with rivulets and tributaries and roads turned into rivers as we drove around the region collecting fresh produce. At one stage not even the windscreen wipers could keep up with the torrential downpour. We managed to get everything home in time to pack and after such a grey day everything edible seemed neon by comparison, including Bron's still-warm muffins (a recipe from this month's Country Style) and Masako's beautifully drawn recipe for Roast Swedes & Parmesan Chips, which you'll find slipped inside this week's hilbarn boxes.

Red & green organic mizuna from York Town

A rainbow of radishes (French, red & purple plum) from Zong & Chua

Bron's lemon muffins: packing night snacks

Roasted Swede & Parmesan Chips Recipe drawn by Masako

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Unbearable Heaviness of Spuds


Some things haven't changed. Tasmania has long been renowned for growing the best and most diverse varieties of potatoes in the land. Old timers in Stanley still recall steamers leaving Little Wharf in the 1920s, headed for the Melbourne markets loaded with potatoes grown and harvested in the luscious red soils of the northwest. These days good old Tassie spuds don't come in 40 kilo hessian sacks but it wasn't that long ago when they did. As a teenager Barn can well recall accompanying his dad, George, to deliver sacks of fresh potatoes to fish and chip shops on the way home from the markets. They were carried in on broad shoulders, one by one. "That was in the days when fish and chip owners made their own chips," recalls Barn, "instead of buying in the ready-made frozen ones." So, last weekend, when we went to collect Russet Burbanks from Alan, we both had tears in our eyes. Hil because she pictured Alan threading the orange twine to stitch up the sack. And Barn, because he knew how much they weighed... Equal rights are hard to argue when it comes to carrying 40 kilo bags of spuds. Barn lifts, Hil drags... But tonight, we had a light kilo mashed with double cream and butter: best mash ever.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Lyndy's Chook Gossip: Rooster News

Good news: with James' arrival at the Pinners' farm (he's the magnificent oil painting of a bird on the left) Lyndy's limited edition organic eggs are back in business again after a long winter break...just so long as  there aren't too many guests at their farmstay B&B.  

Friday, August 2, 2013

The Fashionable Camellia

2012 Photo by Barn
2013 Photo by Barn