BET­TER TO­GETHER

Life & Style Weekend - - ESCAPE -

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

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