Positive reaction to Port Macquarie Food Hub

On the farm: Ian McKittrick milks the ewes in the dairy at Ewetopia Farm.
On the farm: Ian McKittrick milks the ewes in the dairy at Ewetopia Farm.

Producers in the Hastings have backed a new online service and the early community response has been favourable too.

Farmers and artisan producers joined the one-stop online shop and delivery service, Port Macquarie Food Hub, after Andrew Hearne from Near River Produce fast tracked the idea as the sector faced a loss of trade from cafes and restaurants due to coronavirus pandemic.

Ian McKittrick from Ewetopia Farm at Ellenborough said it was great for the producers to come together and kick off a positive new way of doing things.

"Having lost markets and restaurants, it's really good to have a fresh way of being able to reach our customers," he said.

Mr McKittrick said the food hub made it easier for customers to access a range of products.

Claudia Carroll from Amani Farm said they were extremely excited to be part of the initiative.

Amani Farm at Rollands Plains supplies free range eggs.

"It's really positive to be able to provide fresh produce to the local community," Ms Carroll said.

"We are proud of our pasture raised, fresh, direct from the farm free range eggs."

The food hub is already evolving and offering a wider range of products.

Mr Hearne said he was more than happy with the initial response from customers.

"The response from the community, both generally and from the first customers, has been really favourable," he said.

Port Macquarie Food Hub brings together produce from farmers and artisan producers from the Mid-North Coast.

Customers order online with deliveries in Port Macquarie and Wauchope each Thursday or they can be collected from The Other Chef in Port Macquarie between 3pm and 5pm on Thursdays.