LOCAL producers opened their farm gates to visitors over the long weekend, to showcase the huge variety of produce available along The Great Lakes Food Trail.
The event started in April this year, with the aim of connecting local and ethical producers with the community each season.
Free range eggs, pasture raised beef and lamb, wine, organic fruit and baked goods were some of the many temptations on offer along the trail.
The wet weather caused havoc for Old Inn Road Winery, who were unable to open to the public due to flooding along the access road.
Julie Steepe from Lucy Land Merino Farm in Bulahdelah, said the conditions are all part of being a farmer.
“You have to learn to live with the dirt, the flies, the floods, excess water, mosquitoes and especially the drought,” she said.
“You have to enjoy the dry when it comes, and the wet when it comes.”
Julie said despite the soggy conditions, she was pleased with the constant flow of visitors throughout the day.
“It’s been magic that so many people are interested in seeing what we do and how we do it, and having that level of wanting to participate and be part of their food,” she said.
The wet weather didn’t deter Jim and Kay Levey from Tea Gardens, who ventured out and discovered some amazing produce.
“What we saw along the trail was wonderful, it was good to see what the area has to offer,” Jim told News Of The Area.
Wootton’s Brush Turkey Café, Great Lakes Paddocks, Topi Open Range Farm and Tianjara Eco Home and Garden also opened their gates to the public.
The Great Lakes Food Trail is supported by Topi Topi Sustainable Farming Group, Karuah and Great Lakes Landcare and MidCoast Tourism.
By Daniel SAHYOUN