A peaceful easy feeling
How long have you farmed at Eurobin? For 30 years. What crops do you produce?
For 25 years we grew only chestnuts, but now we produce mainly speciality citrus, Japanese yuzu, bergamot and chinotti.
Where are the markets for this produce?
For the citrus, initially, it has been the domestic market – mainly direct to restaurants, but we hope to export in the future.
We currently export processed chestnuts to Japan.
What do you do for the Chestnuts Association Incorporated and how much time does that involve?
I have been involved with Chestnuts Australia for 25 years and am currently the president.
It does require some commitment and at times it can be quite demanding, but it is all for a good cause and I have made some great friendships along the way.
Can you tell readers the easiest way to remove the skin from a chestnut?
If it is a good peeler, put a small cut in the shell and inner skin and roast over a flame or under a hot grill for 10-15 minutes, depending on the size.
Another way is to remove the leathery outer shell leaving the inner skin on.
Blanch in rapidly boiling water for about one minute, keep the blanched nuts in
What do you do in the community?
I’m a Country Fire Authority volunteer and third lieutenant Ovens-Eurobin brigade.
It’s a great bush brigade with mainly farmer-members and strong community support. It’s how the CFA should be and hopefully remains.
What do you love about living in Eurobin?
It’s simply peaceful and beautiful.
We are on the Ovens River and have views of the alps, so working in my orchard is a pleasure – most of the time.
If you could change something what would that be?
Myrtleford is a farming town and I hope it stays that way.
We have a perfect environment to grow many crops so I would like to see this area become the ‘Provence’ of Australia – famous for its beautiful produce.
GOING NUTS: Eurobin chestnut farmer Brian Casey doing what he does best.
hot water and then remove the inner skin with a small knife.
When peeled place in cold water immediately and use within 24 hours or freeze for up to two years.