A couple who began producing delicious food just eighteen months ago at their farm at Tom’s Creek near Long Flat are thrilled to have won medals at the Royal Hobart Fine Food Awards.
Sophie Love and Ged McCarthy make their food as naturally as possible, with no chemicals, and their animals are free-range.
Their award-winning foods include honey, salad dressings, dukkah and lemon and honey butter.
They began by selling produce at the markets in Port Macquarie and then in Wauchope.
Sophie said they honed their products by listening to customer feedback.
“Then we decided to go retail and are really slowly building our retail store base.”
They sell produce at the Glasshouse, Kew Corner Store and Essential Ingredients.
Having never entered any awards competitions before, they sent products to the Royal Hobart Fine Food Awards and they did wonderfully well.
“We are so thrilled to have a medal for everything we entered. It’s an extraordinary achievement,” said Sophie.
They won silver for their lemon and honey butter, and bronze medals for their pure bush honey, their home-grown honey and garlic salad dressing, their home-grown chilli, honey and garlic salad dressing, their fragrant coriander dukkah and their chilli and spice dukkah.
Sophie said it felt like all their hard work was validated.
“We’ve been waiting for the results of these awards before creating all-new labels for each product, and really concentrating on expanding our stockists. But now we are raring to go.
“It is such a boost to our little local business, such a testament to friends, family and customers who have believed in us, supported and encouraged us. And, of course, to the fantastic local produce we grow and use.”
They sell online at www.thenakedfarmers.com.au and deliver free into Port Macquarie and Wauchope.