The Ekka may have finished but we don’t have to lose the city-country connections. Head out to Kerry to see how paddock-to-plate really works this Sunday.
Kay and Dave Tommerup are sixth generation farmers in the picturesque Lost World Valley, just over one hour’s drive from Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
They are swinging open their farm gates to visitors this Sunday (August 31) so that city folk can experience and soak up the atmosphere of a real working farm.
It will be a day of feeding farm animals, cuddling up with friendly lambs Curtis and Benjamin, or perhaps taking a sneak a peak at Charlotte’s newborn piglets.
If relaxing under the shade of a tree, taking in the sights and sounds of farm life is more to your liking, you’ll be happy whiling away the hours with home made goodies from the farm café.
The Tommerup family have farmed this land for 140 years and Dave and Kay are happy to talk about their connection to the land and what life is really like on a working farm.
Dave and Kay’s children, Harry and Georgia, also have their part. Harry’s leather work will be on display showcasing his meticulous attention to detail and unique handstitched products. Georgia will be creating face painting masterpieces to raise money for her small rural school to attend camp later this year.
Paddock to plate is a common catch phrase these days, but it is especially relevant on Tommerup’s Farm. Take a tour around the farm with Kay and Dave, feeding the animals and learning about their holistic farming philosophies, each element complementing each other. Then visit Tommerup’s Farm Larder to take home some of their ethically raised meat.
Golden raw honey from Harry’s bee hives will also be available from the Farm Larder along with fresh produce straight from the farm’s vegetable plots. It just doesn’t get any fresher. You’ll also have the chance to meet other producers, sample and purchase their products and chat to them about their own farm story.
Entry is free with farm tours costing $8 a person or $20 a family. Bookings are essential. Visit our event guide for more info.