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The Garden


A couple of months ago Ruth’s Step Dad came up to help us get a vegetable garden going. Things sort of spiraled far from our original request but we do have vegetables growing now so we are happy.

The jonquils came out early this year. It’s been a funny year so far. Summer was awful hot and dry and this winter has been really mild. Much colder than the coast but a lot warmer than our previous winters here.
Thanks to Ta clearing out all the garden beds we may get a lot more bulbs coming up this year. For a long time they were covered in Morning Glory.
Here is a photo of the garden bed once the seeds started to sprout. Things have got bigger since then and as soon as I can find the card reader for my camera I’ll post an update.

Amazing Local Food Part 1: Thompson’s Farm Stand at The Shed

Photo of sign saying Fresh Vegies, Chemical Free, Grown here' with an arrow pointing to the farm
One of the most exciting things for us in the village at the moment is the opportunity to get really locally grown fresh veg. In general, out here, local is a relative term. It’s over an hours drive to either Bathurst or Mudgee to go shopping, to the chemist or the doctor etc. In previous years we’ve been able to get a fair bit of local fruit, mostly from the feral fruit trees that were planted all over Hill End in years gone by. This year though, with the massive lack of rain and heatwave in the Summer not much of the fruit we had access too was any good. The Cherry Plums in our garden went straight from not ripe to shriveled and pruny in a matter of days. We are completely on tank water and our tanks aren’t very big so we don’t have a lot of water spare for plants. We also¬† have a tiny garden and what space we do have, gets very little sunlight so we can’t grow a lot of our own food. Because of this we’re really enjoying the opportunity to get fresh, local and chemical free produce.

Photo of produce from the farm stand. Greens, celery, radishes, snow peas, local honey and local free range eggs
Bec and Dave have restored the old Thompson vegetable garden and are growing loads of fantastic food.
Everything we have bought has been fresh and delicious. There is also a range of fantastic preserves and local honey available. Bec has plans to source more local stuff and expand the farm stand once she has things sorted a bit more and is able to find the time.

Photo of the polytunnel and garden where the fresh food is grown
I’ve always been willing to drive a fair way for fantastic food but it’s a real pleasure to be able to buy beautiful produce from just down the road, literally.

Photo of chard, snow peas, nasturtium flowers and two types of beans

If you’re in Hill End on a Saturday then you should definitely check out the farm stand, it’s open at 10am and is on Beyers Avenue, just after the road splits. Stay on the road towards Mudgee and the farm stand is on your right.

Photo of Farm Stand produce. Basket filled with persimmon and marigolds, bucket of greens, cut pumpkin and chard.

Photo of local honey in jars, radishes, chard and greens at the Farm Stand

basket full of persimmons and marigolds

photo of a white alpaca and sheep in the paddock that the farm stand is in

Photo of the Farm Stand while empty

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