Blackcurrants

In 2014 we started selling black currants on line. Our entre into this market was  heavily supported by Farmhousedirect and Australia Post. The following is the article that was written at that time. we have learnt a lot since that time about packaging and handling and hope we will have the opportunity to supply you once again.

Black currants

Black currants

 

lots of blackcurrants

lots of blackcurrants

However the black currants were unaffected and we had very good black currants; so many in fact that we didn’t know what to do with them all. Unlike machine picked black currants our black currants are washed and clean of stalks and other foreign matter. This makes them ideal for desserts and of course jams.

 

We made lots of blackcurrant jam and mixed berry jam and froze a lot but still there were more black currants to pick.

we made lots of blackcurrant jam

we made lots of blackcurrant jam

Blackcurrants everywhere

Black currants everywhere

Looking at the internet I discovered that there is a big market for frozen and fresh black currants in the United States. Maybe we could do the same here!

I then contacted Farmhousedirect who handle our products for on-line sales as well as many other similar producers. They were very supportive and we arranged for a special sale to happen with dispatch to go out the following Monday by Express Post.

Well I was dumbfounded for within a couple of hours all our black currants were sold. In fact due to an error in my ad we really didn’t have enough.

Now we were entering new territory. How were we going to get these items to our customers? My experience is that they didn’t deteriorate quickly in our chilled coolroom. However they did tend to juice and the skins became softer. With this in mind I decided to pack them in heavy duty plastic bags and vacuum seal them.I then enclosed this bag in another lighter bag just in case the bag was not perfectly sealed. We do two sizes fir mail orders namely a 1.5kg and 4kg package which we dispatch in express mail bags.   All the bags once packaged were put back in the cool room until dispatch which was planned for the Monday. However for locals either near us or in Tasmania we can dispatch in any size and freight is generally cheaper.

On advice from FarmHouse Direct we send them via the Perth Post office just outside of Launceston , Tasmania so as to be at an Express Post outlet. We had now discovered that all Post Offices in Australia were not equal. In fact there was not only a National Network but a State Network too. And to further complicate matters if you moved into another State Network all bets were off as to how long it took to get there.

With these processes in place the system seems to work well. Deliveries as far as Queensland often get there the next day.

So to all our customers thank you for your support . And to all out there more suggestions would be appreciated.

 

 

Farm house accommodation

Home Booking

Looking for farm house accommodation? We may be the right people. 
We have been operating Eureka farm for many years and starting this year we have a limited amount of accommodation. 

Whilst you can book via AirB&B or Trip Advisor you also  have the opportunity to book directly. Bookings are now coming in so get in early if you want to book in January or February this year. Our contact number is 613-63725500

We have two types of accommodation. Our Farm House is our old family home. It  comes fully equipped for the discerning guests.. Lots of room with three bedrooms. 

The second accommodation is what we call the Aimee’s Bungalow. Just refurbished with two bedrooms, bathroom and kitchen. 

 Our two types of accommodation are near our Cafe and visitors will see what happens on a farm in summer. We grow many types of fruit trees as well as berries. Read more about our farm elsewhere on this site.
Some things to do:

Feed the animals, picking fruit a possibility in season.
Close to Farm Cafe. Enjoy a farm house breakfast at our cafe. Seasonal fruits , jams , chutneys and our famous ice cream are also  available in our shop. 

Great walks starting on the farm or nearby such as Winifred Curtis reserve; the Scamander Beach from Falmouth to Diana’s basin. On explore the hinderland. Rock climbing at South Sister , trout or salt water fishing in the Scamander River and much more.

We are a working farm and as such we start work early in the picking season. We promise not to bother you and you are welcome to join us. However we would prefer guests who do not party late at night as sleep is important for our sanity in these busy summer months.

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Aimee\\\'s Bungalow                                                              
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Just enter your wishes for days you wish to stay at Eureka Farm.
The calendar will indicate whether  either of the two types of accommodation are available. Remember that the main house can accommodate up to 6 people and the Shed up to three people.

 

 

Farmhouse Direct

Order your favorite Eureka Farm products and pay no freight.

Order your favorite Eureka Farm products and pay no freight.

I am sure most of you now know about our association with Farmhouse Direct . This organisation is promoting Australian producers and has an amazing collection of goodies. What makes it work so well behind it all is Australia Post which offers very reasonable freight rates anywhere in Australia.

Now just for the next couple of days (15th March ’til 17th March 2013) we are able to offer you free freight. Yes I did say free with no strings  attached. This is courtesy of Australian Post so isn’t that amazing. Just order your goodies from us of any of the other producers and you will not be charged freight whilst this off is running.

Now you can see that Christmas can come more than once a year.