The good egg
Festival visitors welcome
VISITORS get to see exactly where their food comes from at this weekend’s second annual Farmgate Festival.
Focused around the western Tamar Valley, the festival runs tomorrow and Sunday. It includes two feasts featuring Tasmanian food and wine, the first tonight at Strathlynn Wine and one tomorrow night at Timbre Kitchen.
Fifteen farms, wineries and food businesses open their gates to visitors and Meredith Tiller’s Tamar Valley Pastured Eggs is one of them.
Ms Tiller runs the farm with her daughter Kathleen Ferrero and Duncan Holt. The family moved to Tasmania from Queensland last year and got their first hens in December.
“I’ve always been concerned about the caged chickens for a long time and I’ve always bought free range eggs and have been a bit obsessed with it,” Ms Tiller said. “We had the ideal place to start a business where we run the hens like you would at home, where they always have access to fresh grass and can roam around as they like.”
Now they have 250 hens and started selling eggs in March. The hens are run in an electric-fenced area of about 0.5ha and are moved every couple of days to ensure fresh supply of pasture.
“They don’t have their wings clipped so they can fly out if they want to. The fences are mainly there to protect them from predators.”
The family will operate tours of the farm tomorrow and Sunday from 10am to 3pm and will have eggs for sale. Go to www.farmgatefestival.nut.au for details.