ABOUT SPRINGVIEW FARM GOURMET
Springview Farm is located at the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges in the small hidden suburb of Narre Warren East. Nestled between Lysterfield Lake Park and Cardinia Reservoir, .
Our 37 acres is home to cows, horses, chooks, and sheep. We also accommodate a large number of kangaroos, deer, rosellas, and cockatoos at dusk and dawn. Our bush walks are a constant surprise with wombats, echidnas, and rare wrens crossing our path. Our orchard and vegetable garden supplies us with an abundance of fresh fruit, vegetables, and herbs. I believe we have the best lifestyle in the world. Our days consist of fiddling in the veggie garden, digging for potatoes, picking raspberries, strawberries, apples, oranges, hunting for blackberries, Horse riding, feeding baby lambs, tending to young chickens and collecting eggs from the older girls, swimming in the dam, flying down our 50metre slippery slide, fixing fences, collecting firewood, feeding out hay to the cows, bringing round bales into the shed at Christmas, cleaning out water troughs, fixing pumps. We are nearly always outside and couldn't imagine living anywhere else. We are crazily busy but we are doing that we love.
For over 25 years, I have been making preserves and biscuits from recipes handed down from grandparents or made up by myself. I am the first to admit, I am hopeless at following recipes, always changing something or adding my own touches. I love good simple food, real food, without numbers or artificial ingredients, food with real flavor! By growing our own produce, we not only have zero food miles but know that our fruit and veggies are jam-packed with nutrients, and have no chemicals, artifical fertilizers or pesticides in them. We are basically "organic" without paying a fortune to say we are!
Every product is made on our farm in my (registered) kitchen. The batches are tiny and quite often I am asked
"How many jars in a batch?". The answer is anywhere from 3 to 36. It is a one-person production from planting the seeds in the veggie garden, picking enough for a batch, stirring the pot to labelling the jar.
The veggie garden has expanded since commencing the business as real food starts with real ingredients grown the real way. (The kids earn pocket money collecting manure). There are no pesticides or chemicals used. What goes into my Jars also goes into my kid's mouths. If I cannot grow it, I will source it from people I know or local markets (sugar, butter) I aim to only buy Australian ingredients but unfortunately, our climate does not suit a select few spices for my products, but I am constantly researching and checking to see if an Australian grower is available.
From a passion for business, the motivation is still the same. I am still making my favourite products for the people I love. I hope you enjoy them as much as I love making them.