Home' Grower : October 2012 Contents The South Australian Grower -- October 2012
Riverland Field Days
Masterchef contestant Marion
Grasby gave onlookers a taste of
some of her dishes, including this
At the Australian Premium Dried
Fruit stand were operations manager
Jeff Logan; Mildura, Victoria, grower
Jason Dekoning; and general
manager John Gray. The company
produces 100 per cent Australian
fruit at Merbein South, Vic. The focus
is on vine fruits including currants,
sultanas and muscats.
KOLOPHON Capers had plenty to
celebrate at the Riverland, coming fresh
from a bronze medal win at the Sydney
Royal Fine Food Show. Kolophon -- a
Greek word meaning finishing touch --
has been on the market for just 2.5
years. Co-owners Barry Porter (pictured)
and Helen Jones were looking for a
retirement hobby that would make the
best use of their 0.6-hectare block
between Berri and Glossop, and found
one in capers. Kolophon Capers was
national finalist in the delicious. Produce
awards in 2011 and 2012.
It also received an invitation to the
exclusive Noosa Fine Food Show.
The couple use a salt sourced from
Mildura, Victoria, to dry salt pickle the
"We went through eight different salts
before settling on what we have now,"
Demand for this taste, particularly
from chefs, has become so big that
baby capers now cost $160 a kilogram.
Eight outlets in the Riverland and four
in Adelaide sell the product range.
Recently, a gourmet grocery store in
Brisbane stocked up on the
Capers lend finishing touch
INVENTIONS have been a big part of the field days
since its inception.
Section co-ordinator Max Hentschke, Renmark, said
entries in the technology, home and garden, and
agricultural and horticultural sections this year were
WoodShield's new timber fencing posts won the
technology category. The posts boast of the protective
properties, toughness and lifespan of polyethylene.
Max said the posts were expected to last an
impressive 50 years.
In the home and garden section, Lawrence Tyler,
Renmark, took the top spot with a new version of an
old weed-cutting gadget on his block.
The user can remove weeds by simply walking the
machine along the vegetable garden rows.
The gadget that this machine was based on could
only tackle weeds in the inter-row while the new
version has the flexibility to work on the rows.
"It means you can get all the weeds in one action
without a hoe," Max said.
An invention from Stiven Ludas, Renmark, stood out
in the agricultural and horticultural section.
The gadget removes rod from inside cylinders by
using a hydraulic ram that pushes the rod out.
"Otherwise, you'd have to try and hammer the rod
out," Max said.
Innovations on show
Local winery Banrock Station was promoting its
new line of premium wine infused with fruity
flavours. The winery was also promoting its VIP
club and wines exclusively sold at its cellar door.
Pictured are Chris Harris, Erica Babbage and
The Riverland Vintage and Classic Car Club always
attracts a stream of patrons. Member Dennis Finn,
Lyrup, is with his 1962 S series Valiant.
Renmark-based winery Angoves had their
wines shown by Sue May and Linda Thiele.
Duenclin stud principal Clinton Huxtable,
Perponda, chatted to Allan Sullivan,
Wentworth, New South Wales, about his White
Suffolk rams. The stud also has Border
Leicesters and SAMMs.
Brothers David and Jock Gordon,
Spook Hill Wines, Cadell,
specialise in dry reds. They have
been making wines since 1999
and Spook Hill has been on the
market since 2005. Production
revolves around the use of oak
barrels, with the wines spending
one to two years in oak before
being bottled. Spook Hill's focus
is on the domestic market, with
sales mainly through mail order. It
has outlets in Adelaide, Sydney,
Canberra and Melbourne.
Clare couple Carolyn and Leon Schramm's Bush
Essentials stand won best undercover site. They
use only Australian ingredients in their products
and no chemicals or parabens.
Independent grain brokers grainassist were runners-up
for the best outdoor site-small prize. Pictured are Luke
Stone, Danielle Boulton and Ash Munro who were
offering field days patrons a platinum consultancy
package prize valued at $9000. It has been a busy year
for the team who attended field days at Horsham,
Victoria; Karoonda and Cleve, South Australia; Speed
and Elmore, Vic and the Pinnaroo Show. The business
has its head office at Mildura, Victoria and regional
offices at Cummins and Bendigo, Victoria.
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