Our favourite celebrity TV chef, Alastair McLeod recently spent some time with a very important community in the culinary scene– farmers! As part of the Tastes of Moreton Bay Region month-long foodie celebration, Alastair takes us behind the scenes and shares top-secret farmer knowledge from goat’s cheese to edible flowers.
A family farm with a focus on organic and sustainable farming methods, LuvaBerry is a small but thriving strawberry farm based in Wamuran in the Moreton Bay Region. Known for their war on waste, LuvaBerry Farms produce 1.5kg bags of frozen strawberries so that their damaged but still deliciously edible strawberries are not thrown out.
With this ‘no waste’ attitude, Luvaberry’s Frozen Strawberries are packaged with jammers, cooks, bakers and restauranteurs in mind.
Home to lovingly handcrafted cheeses, Little White Goat Cheese has been producing a seasonal range of goat, buffalo, camel and cow cheeses for over 15 years. With no background in cheese but armed with a love of animals, a history of farming and plenty of determination, Karen has grown from just a few head of goats to over 70 today.
With a home in the Moreton Bay Region Hinterland, the goats enjoy clean air, lots of sunlight and breed just like nature intended.
Growing and delivering a seasonal selection of culinary herbs, Basilea aims to provide enough growth on their mature seedlings that you can eat now and plant the trimmings in your garden for future harvest. Start your own little farm in your own backyard with a range of living herbs, edible flowers, salad, spinach and mustard greens available in 50mm seedling pots, your body will thank you for it, especially your taste buds!
Two stockists of Basilea Living Herbs in the Moreton Bay Region are Northside Discount Fruit Barn in Rothwell and the IGA on Buckley Road in Burpengary. Alternatively, the herb farm is open for direct to the public sales every 3rd Saturday of the month, with Farmer Sarah on hand to give you all the essential growing tips so you can grow at home!
Within walking distance of Samford Village and only 30 minutes from Brisbane city lies a 5,000sqm block of land called Millen Farm. Although a not-for-profit business, Millen Farm operates as a commercial farm and local, organic, seasonal produce is available for purchase at the weekly Real Farmers’ Market held on site or via a box subscription service managed by the Farmer. The farm also aims to raise awareness of current food production systems, food transportation and nutrition.
Millen comes from the language of the local Toorbul tribe and translates as ‘place of feasting’, an appropriate name for Samford, with its fertile ground and history of agriculture.