A tasty June long weekend at Port Macquarie’s Farm Gates


A tasty June long weekend at Port Macquarie’s Farm Gates
Looking for a tasty idea this June long weekend? Head to Port Macquarie, just four hours from Sydney, for some foodie fun.

Greater Port Macquarie will showcase its diverse food bowl with a Farm Gate Tour event on 6-8 June 2015.

The event will offer a unique insight into rural living, local foods and sustainable lifestyles.

An initiative of Hastings Landcare, people can self-drive to 13 properties, meet the farmer and learn about free range food production, Landcare initiatives and the local food movement.

“Stretching from the oyster farms of the Hastings River to the lush grazing valleys of the Wauchope hinterland, the Farm Gate Tour is a unique opportunity to explore the Port Macquarie region’s stunning scenery and visit farms that aren’t normally open to the public. We also have a surprise package with a showcase of sustainable urban living.” said Daintry Gerrand, Support Officer with Hastings Landcare.

“The Farm Gate Tour is perfect for people who want to learn how food is grown or are considering a tree-change. It is also a great day out for children who will see cows being milked, chickens free ranging and baby animals being fed. ” said Daintry.

From dairy, to garlic and essential oils, cattle breeding and beef, pork, eggs, native bush-foods, sheep cheese, oysters, blueberries, avocados and macadamias, every enterprise will be on show.

Make sure to visit Barbuschco who export their award-winning bush-foods, Oxhill Organics with their chicken caravans, and Ewetopia who have developed their dream into a functioning sheep dairy and licensed cheese-making facility in three years. No visit would be complete without popping in to Armstrong Oysters for their renowned Sydney Rock oysters, tasty Ticoba Blueberries and Avocadoes and Koree Herbs organic essential oils, herbs and flowers.

Farmers and gardeners will be interested in the range of topics from biological regeneration of soils and pastures, holistic management, biodiversity and water quality protection, invasive weed control and private land conservation.

The weekend is all about living sustainably in an urban environment and rural community.

WHEN: Long weekend, June 6-8

WHERE: Port Macquarie is on the Mid North Coast of NSW, 4 hours’ drive from Sydney.

WHO: Participating Farm Gate Tour farms:
1.    Barbushco – bush foods
2.    Koree Herbs – herbs and garlic
3.    Morton Estate – beef and poultry breeding
4.    Clarefield Dairy – milk
5.    Redbank Organic Farm  / Oxhill Organics – organic milk and eggs
6.    Ewetopia – sheep dairy, cheese factory and farmstay
7.    Kindee Valley Farm – pasture raised beef with information on Holistic Management
8.    Gromorbeef – Bonsmara bull breeder
9.    Foodprints –  grass-fed beef and crops with the focus on soil biology
10.  Ticoba Blueberries and Avocadoes – avocadoes and blueberries
11.  Lorne Valley Macadamia Farm – macadamia nuts
12.  Armstrong Oysters – oysters
13.  Shenstone Urban Farm – sustainable house and garden

WHY:  It is a gorgeous foodie destination with over 80 producers, six wineries, two boutique breweries and award-winning restaurants and cafes including the Stunned Mullet, Fusion 7 and The Corner.

HOW MUCH: The cost to attend is $30 which includes a self-guide booklet with property information, tour schedules, maps and travel times.

*The booklet is available online from mid-May at www.hastingslandcare.org.au or to collect at Port Macquarie’s Visitor Information Centre (Glasshouse, 4/13 Hay Street, Port Macquarie), Hastings Landcare (44a Cameron Street, Wauchope) and Ecowild Health Foods (21B High Street, Wauchope)

For more information contact Hastings Landcare on (02) 6585 4465 or 0427 864 465.

For great value accommodation packages in June go to portmacquarieinfo.com.au or call 1300 303 155.


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