Meet Jack Herry. His story is pretty amazing. And so is his produce. Two years ago Jack took over a small piece of land just out of Wangaratta and began to grow an organic farm. It's been hard work for him. His vision is to be able to supply 10 families with organic seasonal vegetables year round. When he started I said I'd buy any excess produce if I could.
One month ago I visited Jack's farm. To get there head out on Parfitt Road and just before the Reedy Creek bridge there's a dirt road to the left and head down there about a kilometre. Look for the rustic sign that says "Natural Produce". Jack showed me 'round and gave me a look at what he was growning and explained to me how it would all work. He was experimenting over summer and had already harvested garlic which was hanging in the shed and basil in the ground that was going crazy.
This is the sort of thing that inspires me to change items on our cafe's menu. Pesto made with local organic basil, garlic and King Valley walnuts. Surely it would go with our gnocchi! Jack has been harvesting the basil each week and bringing it to us. We'd process it and freeze it. We now have our supply of pesto and can offer something local to you well into winter.
Jack has started his Autumn planting with two types of Kale in the ground, cos lettuce and frisée or curly endive. Let's see what specials we can come up with for those!