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Boon Luck Farm, Tya­garah, NSW

Among the dozens of crops that the 14hectare Boon Luck Farm grows for Syd­ney restau­rant chain Chat Thai’s aro­matic curries, vi­brant stir-fries and re­fresh­ing sal­ads are five types of basil, 20 types of mus­tard greens, ex­otic egg­plants and rare mango va­ri­eties that are picked green for pi­quancy. “We sup­ply 30 per cent of what we [Chat Thai] use daily,” says Boon Luck Farm owner Pal­isa An­der­son, who is the daugh­ter of Chat Thai ma­tri­arch, Amy Chanta. “We’d love to get to 100 per cent.”

The abil­ity to grow rare and un­usual va­ri­eties with in­tegrity was the driver. “Many of the small-scale farm­ers who grew for us were us­ing pes­ti­cides and her­bi­cides, which we didn’t feel com­fort­able eat­ing our­selves,” says An­der­son. With the area’s peren­nial grow­ing cli­mate, they now have a con­stant sup­ply of sus­tain­ably cul­ti­vated South-East Asian in­gre­di­ents.

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