Our Farm

21 Jun 2014
June 21, 2014

Salami and prosciutto

  • Mixing the ingredients together
    Mixing the ingredients together
  • Preparing the bungs
    Preparing the bungs
  • Filing the bungs
    Filing the bungs
  • Netting the salami
    Netting the salami
  • The finished product
    The finished product
  • A traditional Italian lunch of spagetti off the bone
    A traditional Italian lunch of spagetti off the bone
  • Coppa
    Coppa

It is the time of year again where we take time out to make our yearly supply of salami.  Our Italian friends from Sydney join us for the day as we chop, mince, mix and fill our way through kilo’s and kilo’s of pork meat to make our lovely salami.  It is also a time for.. read more →

25 May 2014
May 25, 2014

Olives … continued

  • Oives, three ways
    Oives, three ways

A couple of months ago I picked and processed my own olives.  Whilst the process was not difficult, initially it did require a level of discipline as I tended to my olives on a daily basis.  Nonetheless after a couple of months of resting in vinegar they are finally ready to finish their journey to my plate!  Tonight we.. read more →

08 May 2014
May 8, 2014

Planting 2014-15 season

  • Seed garlic stock
    Seed garlic stock
  • Processing the garlic seed
    Processing the garlic seed
  • Last minute fertaliser from the animals
    Last minute fertaliser from the animals
  • Garlic planter
    Garlic planter
  • Garlic planting team
    Garlic planting team
  • Garlic beds at three weeks
    Garlic beds at three weeks

    Ready for mulch

Garlic planting has finally finished!  While it may take a couple of days to separate the cloves, this is always a fun time in the shed as the conversation takes many turns as we try to keep lively while doing a very tedious task.  I was very thankful to have my returning helpers of Glenes, Michael, Rita and Smiley.  And.. read more →

16 Mar 2014
March 16, 2014

Preparing for the 2014-15 season has begun

  • Ploughing the paddock
    Ploughing the paddock

It seems no time has passed and already we have our thoughts on planting garlic again.  This year we have moved our garlic beds to a new paddock that have had lots of love and attention.  In the past weeks the area has been ploughed regularly and organic chicken manure has been applied.  Dean is.. read more →

15 Mar 2014
March 15, 2014

My Father’s Table

  • Rita making sausages
    Rita making sausages

This past year I have had the pleasure of teaming up with my neighbour, Rita from My Father’s Table.  Together we have planted and harvested garlic together, run cooking classes together using her amazing knowledge of Lebanese food, made passata, salami and sausages, and just recently picked and marinated olives.  It seems a week doesn’t go by.. read more →

09 Mar 2014
March 9, 2014

Olives

  • Manzanillo Olives
    Manzanillo Olives
  • Nevadillo Olives
    Nevadillo Olives
  • Olives soaking in buckets of water
    Olives soaking in buckets of water

Off on a new foodie adventure while having a break from garlic.  Today it was olive picking.  I don’t have olive tree’s on my property but a neighbour does, and due to the high winds they experienced last spring all the flowers on the tree’s were blown away resulting in a very low yield this.. read more →

01 Mar 2014
March 1, 2014

Passata

  • Ruby red roma tomato's
    Ruby red roma tomato's
  • Blanching the tomato's prior to squishing!
    Blanching the tomato's prior to squishing!
  • Processing the tomato's
    Processing the tomato's
  • Separating the skin and seeds from the pulp
    Separating the skin and seeds from the pulp
  • Our first jar
    Our first jar
  • Processing the jars in a water bath
    Processing the jars in a water bath
  • Jars of passata
    Jars of passata
  • Dinner tonight!
    Dinner tonight!

It has been a very long hot summer on the farm so this year my roma tomato crop was a very small.  Nonetheless, I secured some beautiful ruby red roma tomato’s from a local market and went about making many, many jars of passata.  Being the first day of autumn and raining outside (finally!), it was the perfect.. read more →

15 Feb 2014
February 15, 2014

Sold Out

  • Garlic Seed Stock
    Garlic Seed Stock

It is with mixed emotions that I announce that the season has ended.  There has been so much hard work and joy in growing and selling garlic this year.  I have learnt so much, made amazing new friends and developed relationships in directions I never thought possible. But there is a slight relief that so many.. read more →

08 Feb 2014
February 8, 2014

Rescuing the sheep

  • Rescued sheep are enjoying a feed
    Rescued sheep are enjoying a feed

It has been a very sad year for drought stricken farmers as they struggle to feed their animals.  We have been working hard these couple of weeks to try and buy some sheep so that they are no destroyed needlessly.  We have a good supply of grain so we have been feeding the sheep with.. read more →

28 Jan 2014
January 28, 2014

Sausage Making

As part of the experience of living on the farm I get the wonderful opportunity to make my own products.  Today I made sausages with my wonderful neighbour Rita.  While we were doing this a few friends turned up and ended up helping out.   Of course, what is sausage making with the girls without a glass of.. read more →