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Seven delectable farm-to-table foodie experiences on the Gold Coast

Natalie O’Driscoll | October 2020

The farm-to-table movement has exploded in recent times. More and more, consumers are becoming educated around issues such as food safety, freshness, seasonality and nutrition, as well the environmental issues that come with transporting food over long distances.

This has seen a rise in small local farmers adopting a farm-to-table – alternatively know as paddock-to-plate – business model, by offering on-site dining experiences that utilise their own produce. Gold Coast’s stunning geography and naturally fertile surrounds have proven to be a gift to this growing “locavore” approach.

We took a closer look at seven Gold Coast farm-to-table practitioners and how you can plan your visits.

Mrs Frost’s Kitchen

Frost Farm, Guanaba

Nestled in the beautiful Gold Coast Hinterland area of Guanaba is Frost Farm, home to Mrs Frost’s Kitchen. The dream of a farm to table café began years ago for Julie Frost, when her lifelong passion for food evolved into an outdoor dining affair designed to give others a place to experience the world through delicious food.

“My world is one great big kitchen… whether it be inside, outside, creekside, dockside or fireside. It’s wherever my friends are!” Julie exclaims.

Mrs Frost’s Kitchen offers up a homemade and picturesque experience for curious and nature-loving foodies, from a Chorizo and blue cheese frittata, to a Mini sticky honey and date loaf cake with homemade salted caramel glaze. And there’s also a shop on site for you to take home some of your favourite goodies.

Visit mrsfrostskitchen.com or contact Julie on 0414 783 564 for more information.

Freeman’s Organic Farm and Café

618 Tomewin Mountain Road, Currumbin Valley

Freeman’s Organic Farm has been a family enterprise since 1915, when Arthur Freeman – a pioneer of the banana industry in Australia – began growing bananas in the Currumbin Valley. It is now the only continuous commercial fruit and vegetable farm in Currumbin Valley that remains today.

Freeman’s Organic Farm have expanded their produce and now grow a large range of seasonal and organic fruits, vegetable and herbs, which they sell from Friday to Monday at their Farmhouse Stall. While you’re visiting, you can stop into the Freeman’s Organic Café for a range of delicious coffee and snacks using ingredients sourced from the farm.

To learn more, visit freemansorganicfarm.org or contact Farmer David on 0438 777 763 to book a farm tour.

Tamborine Mountain Coffee Plantation

64 Alpine Terrace, Tamborine Mountain

Tamborine Mountain Coffee Plantation is a completely local experience. All of their coffee is grown, carefully roasted and blended by their team on site, and according to reviews, it stacks up against some of world’s premier growing regions.

You can head to the café to try it out alongside a mouthwatering menu of treats including Okonomiyaki, Field mushrooms and Pumpkin pancakes. If you’re a major coffee enthusiast, take a crop-to-cup tour and get a hands-on experience into how coffee is made. Courses in sustainable farming are also offered periodically.

Follow Tamborine Mountain Coffee Plantation on Instagram @tamborinemtcoffee and check out tamborinemountaincoffee.com.au for more.

Greenwood Farm

2922 Springbrook Road, Springbrook

Couple Angi and Paul began busy hinterland business Greenwood Farm back in 2011. Angi is a multi award-winning chef with hospitality and farming in her blood, while Paul is an apiarist who takes care of the property’s bees, while also building, lecturing and tending to their produce.

As well as offering up a tasty selection of home-grown treats, Greenwood Farm also plays host to a little farm stall, a providore section for take-home delicacies, and stunning gift options. There’s even an online store, if you can’t make it up the mountain!

If you’d like to make the most of your stay, there’s a quaint guesthouse on offer, and the passionate couple are always helping others learn how to live the farm to table lifestyle.
Check out greenwoodfarm.com.au for more, or have a chat to Angi and Paul on 0413 101 582 or hello@greenwoodfarm.com.au.

The Barn

11 Boomerang Rd, Mudgeeraba

Located in the idyllic foothills of Springbrook, The Barn boasts paddock-to-plate dining, a beautiful rustic vibe and their own sustainable gardens.

Owned by the team behind popular Gold Coast Italian venue Fellini, The Barn offers everything you could want from a rustic hinterland eatery, including a plentiful veggie garden, baby animal pen, massive outdoor deck, fireplaces for the colder months and even a mini antiques museum.

The menu is inspired by both Italian (of course) and Japanese cuisines, with Chicken tortellini nestling happily alongside Pork gyoza, while a robust breakfast menu has something to suit all tastes.

This is the newest venue on the list, having just opened a few weeks ago, but the team is busily prepping the store where you can take home some of the pasta and sauce that you fell in love with from the menu.

Those curious to know more about this enterprise can call on 0402 505 446 or visit their Facebook page.

Farmers’ Markets

There is no shortage of Farmers’ Markets on the Gold Coast, where you can get all manner of fresh fruit and veg alongside locally sourced eggs, meat, fish, and a range of tasty, ready-to-eat treats.
If Saturdays are your shopping day, you’ve got the option to hit up Burleigh Market, Marina Mirage Farmers Market or Palm Beach Currumbin Farmers Market.

For Sunday shopping, you’ll want to head to the Bundall Farmers Market at HOTA, Markets in the Meadow on Racecourse Road Bundall, Miami Organic Gold Coast Farmer Market, Lavelle Street Markets in Nerang, and on the second and fourth Sundays of the month, Mudgeeraba Country Markets.

New to the scene is GC Connected Market, which will be running from 7am to 12pm every Tuesday (yep, a weekday!) at Albert Park in Surfers. So if you’re someone who misses out on local produce thanks to a weekend work schedule, you’ve now got a mid-week option.

Hit up the City of Gold Coast website for all the info on local farmers’ markets.

Currumbin Valley Harvest

1380 Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin

Currumbin Valley Harvest is a biodynamic farm run by Peter and Jan Fleming, that regularly opens to the public. Alongside their premium grade fruit, veggies, herbs and organic coffee, they also supply fresh Aquifer water.

Open until noon on weekends only and situated just past the rock pools (where you might like to stop for a dip on the way!) Currumbin Valley Harvest allows guests to stroll through the harvest, sometimes even picking their own herbs straight from the ground, before settling in at the Shed Café for a homegrown coffee, 100% fruit juice and a selection of delicious baked delights.

Relax and have your morning tea on the balcony while the Currumbin Creek burbles away beside you.

For more, visit currumbinvalleyharvest.com.au or call (07) 5533 0309.

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