Tasmanian Fruits Farm Guide launched

THE 2013/14 edition of the Tasmanian Fruits Farm Guide has been officially launched at historic Midlands property and cherry farm Somercotes at Ross.

About 30,000 copies of the guide are circulated annually to locals and visitors.

The 2013/14 edition, launched by Rodney Dunn, former food editor of Australian Gourmet Traveller magazine, one-time apprentice to Australian chef Tetsuya Wakuda and owner of the renowned Agrarian Kitchen, is the sixth edition of the publication.

Access to premium fruit was one key factor behind the decision Mr Dunn and his wife, Severine, made to move to the state and establish their farm-based cooking school in the Derwent Valley.

“We are in a really privileged position with our climate to produce such a wide range of the best fruit around,” Mr Dunn said.

“Before coming to Tasmania in my career as a chef and food writer, I had never seen such a wide range from our wonderful stone fruit and pomes through to our berries and all so readily accessible.”

The guide was first published in 2008 under Fruit Growers Tasmania as a response to increasing consumer demand to source fresh produce direct from growers.

“This trend has also been reflected in visitor numbers to the state seeking the “food experience” based on our reputation for premium food,” Fruit Growers Tasmania business development manager Phillip Pyke said.

Advertising more than 40 suppliers of fresh fruit and associated produce, the guide is distributed across the state through tourist information sites as well as nationally and internationally.

“This year we are pleased to present a section of Tasmania’s growing quality cider industry, which is another aspect of value-adding with apples, pears and berries,” Mr Pyke said.

“The farm gate industry provides a unique connection between the growers and buyers with venues increasingly offering tastings, cafes and accommodation. This sector is a valuable contributor to the state economy.”

Caption: From left, Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman, Derwent Valley Mayor Martyn Evans and Mr Rodney Dunn, of Agrarian Kitchen.

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