Justin Jarrett from See Saw Wines

Justin Jarrett from See Saw Wines

Justin Jarrett is a pioneer of the Orange viticulture industry and proud owner of See Saw Wine. Born in Canberra, he then moved to Young to run a geese farm and grow cherries. In 1991, he moved to Orange to continue running the geese farm but was also looking for a new project. His lifelong ambition was to run 10,000 sheep at the back of Bourke but he has instead invested his time and passion into one of the region’s most successful biodynamic vineyards. Justin completed a degree in Systems Agriculture, which was based on Holistic Agriculture and which was ground breaking in its time. The degree prepared Justin for his future career path, and coupled with his interest in organics and biodynamics it has according to Justin “formulated the way I think and see the world”. As soon as they bought Springvale, a property just out of Orange on the Cargo Road, Justin & his wife Pip began contributing to the community in which they now lived. Justin worked for Landcare for three years as the Regional Coordinator. In Justin’s opinion: “This role demonstrated how the community could come together, along with how much destruction can be caused through mismanagement”. After buying Springvale, Pip and Justin carried out a full business plan, in which they were looking at growing apples, proteas or grapes; After some previous experience growing grapes in Young, Justin planted the vineyard. They went on to approach Southcorp who offered them a contract to grow grapes. The first grapes were planted in 1995 on his dad’s property called Coolepark. During that time, Justin also started the...
Edwena Mitchell from Edwena Mitchell Catering

Edwena Mitchell from Edwena Mitchell Catering

“My history with food started as a child watching my mother. For her cooking was a chore, and she didn’t like it that much. When she did entertain, it was a monumental kerfuffle! It was like the world was coming to an end. She had to cook, and the house had to be cleaned, dad had to do his jobs and we all had jobs! It was horrible, and yet it is now my job and I really love my job and I like to cook.” Edwena learnt to enjoy cooking when she lived in Queensland at a place call Mungindi and jillarooed for a year. The people that she stayed with enjoyed cooking and they cooked many different things. All of a sudden vegetables were not something that you had to eat,  they were really tasty. They also grew a lot of their own vegetables. Edwena met her now husband, Mitch, in the early 80’s and they were married in 1985 – this is when she really started to cook. “I soon learnt that dinner parties were not the monumental production that they were for Mum and Dad. I found it was easy and it was fun!” As they lived in the country, socialising happened at people’s farms. The drink driving rules did seem to change all of this.  “We now look back on the drink driving rule changes and think, my god, how are we all alive?!” When her children were growing up, for the night time meal the television went off and everyone sat at the table and talked together. “This is the time where you...
Katie, Danielle, Lucas & Beau from The Agrestic Grocer

Katie, Danielle, Lucas & Beau from The Agrestic Grocer

An Interview with Lucas Martin, co-owner of The Agrestic Grocer – this article first appeared in ‘Farmers Table’, The Collective online magazine, Jan 2016 In 2012, Beau & Katie Baddock of The Farm Gate by Nashdale Fruit Co. and Danielle & Lucas Martin of Barefoot Wholefoods teamed up to provide customers with weekly fresh produce boxes brimming with local seasonal fruit and vegetables. The produce was sourced from The Farm Gate farm, along with a host of other great producers, and distributed through Barefoot Wholefoods. The great success of this small idea had the team quickly thinking about how to grow the idea into something much bigger. Within a very short period of time the perfect venue became available, and plans were made to setup a local produce providore/ restaurant. The overriding idea behind The Agrestic Grocer was to create a conduit between the regions growers and producers, and the local community. Communicating the origin of products along with the story of the producers behind them was set as a priority. This concept was employed both in the grocer and the store, and resulted in a uniquely Orange food experience. The location of The Agrestic Grocer also allowed us to become the cellar door for Badlands Brewery and the retail outlet for The Second Mouse Cheese Company, whose products are produced on site. This, in part, gave us more of a tourism focus than we may have had otherwise. Although we were aware that food tourism would be a significant part of the business, we didn’t foresee what a huge role it would come to play. Orange’s festivals such as Orange F.O.O.D...