Berry good season start
IT was a case of singing and dancing in the rain for one of Tasmania’s biggest raspberry farms with the wet, warm and humid weather bringing on an early season.
The rain didn’t suit everyone but Richard Clark, who runs his family’s Westerway Raspberry Farm in the upper Derwent Valley, beamed with excitement at the deluge of rain.
“I was really looking forward to the downpour,” Mr Clark said.
“With the burst of sun and heat and now the rain it has brought the season on a bit earlier than expected.
“Two or three days of rain with some breeze is perfect for farm and the fruit.
“Just at the moment it’s perfect because it really makes the fruit juicy.
“I certainly didn’t expect to have red fruit available from the first of December.”
The family farm will be retailing its fruit in compostable containers made from Sugarcane pulp. Mr Clark was taking delivery of his first batch of the new units when the Derwent Valley Gazette was visiting.
“I reckon we are the first berry growers in Australia to offer compostable containers,” he said.
“Our raspberries are big, red and juicy so the containers need to be able to hold the juice, and these new units can do that.”
Westerway Raspberry Farm has taken on Country Larder’s stall at Salamanca Place and will be offering its range of fruit there, at the New Norfolk market and at Sunday’s Hobart Farmgate Market.
DELUGE DELIGHTS: Richard Clark with some fresh berries at Westerway Raspberry Farm; below, farm worker Milly Walsh among the raspberry canes.