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Category Archives: Meet the Makers

Summer Cherries

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There are few more satisfying ways to indulge your culinary senses at Christmas than to wallow in a bowl of juicy ripe cherries. Cherries are stacked full of juice, which is what gives Frank’s Cherry Pear Cider its rich red colour and beautiful aromatic cherry flavour. Here we meet Meat & Feast’s John Botha, who runs Frank’s Cider Bar & Cafe. John’s team cook with seasonal local produce from the Huon Valley, including the cider and cherries (from Dale Griggs’ farm in Franklin) that are ripening at this time of year.

Blossom Time

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Spring is the time the blossom appears. For a few short weeks, if we’re lucky, the sun shines, flowers emerge and bees including the native bees, honey bees and bumblebees, get on with the job of pollination.

Pruning the Orchard

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It takes years of experience to prune a good apple tree. One of the unique things about Frank’s is the tree-ripening that occurs later than almost all other orchards in the Huon Valley. This means longer for the apples to mature and gain their distinctive rich flavour. Here we meet Frank’s Orchard Foreman Lee Cragg who explains more.