Blue Tongue Berries
If the sound of organic blueberries makes you salivate you are in the right place (although we won’t mention blueberry season here has officially just wound up for the year meaning we are officially in mourning until December 2018).
But although you might not find blueberries in abundance at this time of year it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be talking about one of our favourite local growers, Blue Tongue Berries. But before we do, a bit more about Australian Blueberries as they are berry berry good for you.
These little parcels of goodness pack more anti-oxidants then almost any other fruit or vegetable. Hailing from North America blueberries took a little while to take off in Australia. It wasn’t until the 1950s when the Department of Agriculture made their first attempt to grow them. Indeed with very little success. It then took two more decades before we had perfected a technique which would give legs to this little berry, now a thriving industry.
Back to Blue Tongue Berries…
Located close by, just outside of Seymour in Central Victoria you will find this quaint 20 acre organic farm. Not only producing the most delicious berries, but also other seasonal fruits, vegetables, eggs and lamb.
The absolutely unique part of this farm is its commitment to sustainability, a quality we feel much aligned with at Tahbilk. It is not only 100% off the grid running off a hybrid solar and wind power system – their house is constructed from straw bales!
Now one of the best parts of this place, apart from keen supporters of the Nagambie Farmer’s Market located at Tahbilk Winery each month, you can stay with them all year round. This venue is truly one of those at the top of our accommodation list.
Their eco-farm stay is off the grid and located in two separate buildings. The first building, a bespoke straw bale building is passive heating and cooling and the second an original weatherboard house overlooking the farm. As you sit back and relax in your accommodation you will see a gorgeous view of the Tallarook Ranges, sweeping and breathtaking.
Breakfast is served to guests in the Cantina on request. The Cantina is closed outside of Blue Berry Season December to February for the public. Free WiFi is also available in all buildings.
Make sure you also check out their events which run year round.
And let’s not forget one other little morsel of information about these guys. They are also the driving force behind ‘The Food Exchange’ a passionate community group with a radio show promoting local and ethical food. A cool concept, we recommend you check it out.
Lucky us to have this amazing business and community in our backyard.