Guide leads buy­ers to farms

Tasmanian Country - - NEWS -

A CIDER trail has been in­cluded in the an­nual Tas­ma­nian Sea­sonal Pro­duce Guide for the first time this year.

Cel­e­brat­ing its 10th year, the guide was launched last week by Pri­mary In­dus­tries Minister Guy Bar­nett.

This year’s statewide guide in­cludes 37 fruit, veg­etable and cider busi­nesses.

Fruit Grow­ers Tas­ma­nia chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Stu­art Burgess said the aim was to en­cour­age lo­cals and vis­i­tors to get out on farms and buy fresh pro­duce and value-added prod­ucts di­rectly from farm­ers.

“It’s a fan­tas­tic ven­ture right across the state,” he said.

“It’s fun­da­men­tally about healthy eat­ing and sea­sonal pro­duce and mak­ing sure peo­ple are just en­joy­ing our pro­duce and eat more of it.”

The state's berry sec­tor has seen a huge ex­pan­sion, grow­ing ten­fold in the past decade to be now worth an es­ti­mated $200 mil­lion a year.

The Dor­nauf fam­ily’s Hill­wood Berry op­er­a­tion in the Ta­mar Val­ley has been part of that growth. They were one of the state’s first com­mer­cial berry grow­ers when they started with rasp­ber­ries at Christ­mas Hills in the mid-1980s.

Si­mon Dor­nauf now runs the op­er­a­tion at Hill­wood along with his brother Mar­cus.

As well as com­mer­cial fruit pro­duc­tion, the busi­ness in­cludes a large pick-your-own sec­tion and an on­site cafe.

Mr Dor­nauf said the fam­ily were happy to be in­volved with the pro­duce guide.

“It’s great to see there are 36 other grow­ers out there that just like us are pro­vid­ing the op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to come and ex­pe­ri­ence how fruit is grown, pick your­self and to have that fam­ily ex­pe­ri­ence.”

The fam­ily now grow straw­ber­ries, rasp­ber­ries, black­ber­ries and blue­ber­ries.

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