Guide leads buyers to farms
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.