We’re told to wear sensible shoes when we visit The Falls Farm. The hillside market garden behind Mapleton may be picturesque on this bluebird day, but it’s no made-fortourism experience. Kitting us out in equally sensible hats, manager Christine Ballinger wants to provide a genuine snapshot of a family-run operation that uses a combination of traditional farming techniques and the latest organic soil knowledge to turn the supply chain on its head.
They grow especially for chefs, providing the palette so they can produce an artistic masterpiece. If you’ve visited one of the top restaurants in Brisbane or on the Sunshine Coast there’s a good chance you’ve already tried their handiwork. As Christine strides through strategically laid beds, she plucks curiosities for us to munch — a nondescript herb that bursts with licorice flavour and the strikingly coloured cranberry hibiscus.
We later see her passion on the plate — and in the beer — at Brouhaha Brewery, one of many local businesses embracing community, a slower, more sustainable pace, and honest food.
While The Falls is a private farm, you can visit it as part of new Farm to Fork Tours.
The tours provide a hands-on experience at Sunshine Coast Coffee Roastery, The Falls Farm and Maleny Wagyu, before finishing at Brouhaha Brewery for a four-course degustation of the local produce paired with craft beers. Farm to Fork Tours are available Wednesday to Friday for groups of four to 10 people. Prices range from $200 to $260 per person. Go to creativetours.com.au/customtours/farm-to-fork