We were honoured to be asked to present our products at the reception for the Heads of Missions at Government in the evening of Friday 29th of April. There were 80 ambassadors and heads of mission attending with their wives as guests of the Governor, Prof Kate Warner, and Ms Julie Bishop, Minister for […]
We completed harvest in the first week of May and we have been busy filling orders since then. Harvest was good because quality was high after the dry summer. However, with the drought and reduced water allocation in our irrigation scheme, quantity was down. Overall we are pleased though and the final result is better […]
Jane and I started the pickling season last week when we picked the first 7 barrels of green walnuts for pickling. They have now all been hand-pricked and are in barrels of brine. We start bottling after Christmas and will have the product ready for sale in February.
For many years we have used an orchard floor management system where we mow the inter-row grass and throw it sideways under the trees for mulch and to suppress the weeds. We had been thinking of reducing our carbon footprint by reducing the mowing and using sheep to keep the grass down, as well as […]
We recently installed a pair of electrostatic moisture monitoring probes in the orchard. These will allow us to capture the data on our iPhones and download it to our computers so we can better understand our water usage and plan our irrigation consumption more efficiently. Josh from Serve-Ag installed the equipment and is getting it […]
We’ve always been happy to have native animals able to access the orchard, as long as they don’t cause too much damage. We have bandicoots, potoroos and pademelons in the orchard most nights and brushtail possums during the harvest season (they don’t take many nuts). Jane saw a platypus down at the river a few […]
We had our last market at Farm Gate Market yesterday and sold out of everything, except pickled walnuts! We have no more nut-in-shell and no more kernel till next harvest in May 2016. Thank you to everyone who has visited us at Farm Gate Market and thank you for your wonderful feedback. As humble walnut […]
We were very please to receive a silver medal at the Hobart Fine food Awards last month and then a bronze medal at the Sydney Royal Fine Food Show earlier this month. These are now added to our two gold medals from Hobart in 2012 and 2014. We have our pickled walnuts being distributed in […]
Come along to our farm open weekend and collect your own walnuts straight from our orchard. Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 May 2015, 10am to 4pm. Coaldale Walnuts, 321 Prossers Rd, Richmond, Tasmania. Bring your own bucket, walnuts $5 per kilo.
We doubled production again this year and this required two two-week cycles of picking, brining and cooking. We also used a new commercial kitchen located about five minutes from the orchard and this made a huge difference. We purchased three new drying cabinets each capable of drying about 3000 nuts and this greatly improved our […]