Four fantastic farm gate experiences on the Cradle Coast
Heading west from Launceston across the Cradle Coast, you’ll find yourself on the path to several incredibly unique and wonderful farm gate experiences. Growing in popularity in the agri-tourism space, farm gate experiences are a wonderful chance to try the offerings from local producers at the gate of their farm doors; usually by way of a shop or cafe. Across the Cradle Coast more of these farm gate experiences are popping up, especially as producers are starting to realise the growing interest that both domestic and international visitors have in learning more about local produce as well as sampling the tastes. Below are a few of our favourite farm gate experiences you can find as you travel through our patch. For more, be sure to check out the entire Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail!
Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm
Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm is a 30-minute drive from Devonport located right off Bass Highway. Christmas Hills offers a farm cafe with all day dining, both indoors or on the sunny deck outside. In winter, you can sit by the fire overlooking a beautiful lakeside setting or in the garden room, which opens up in summer to encourage alfresco dining. Serving delicious creations with options for both sweet and savoury, they offer breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. Or, if you’re in a hurry - they do takeaway too!😉 To accompany their local and fresh food, they serve Tasmanian wine as well in their cafe. They also have a small farm gate shop where you can indulge in free tastings (which include a complimentary chocolate-coated raspberry!), fresh raspberries in summer, frozen raspberries in winter, as well as jams, sauces and an array of other raspberry products. If you’re traveling with children, there’s a play area at the cafe for the kids to enjoy. To top off an afternoon of raspberry tasting, stroll around the water-lily filled lake on the property, it's surrounded by abundant birdlife.
Ashgrove is a Tasmanian family owned and operated dairy company with a team of dedicated locals who have been producing award-winning products for over 22 years. Onsite at the Ashgrove factory and farm store, visitors can try their deliciously creamy ice-cream, fresh bottled milk, array of cheese, cream and butter. Their farm gate shop sells a variety of gourmet Tasmanian produce and their in-house cafe serves cheese platters, grilled cheese sandwiches and locally roasted coffee, made with Ashgrove's award-winning milk. When you’re at the farm shop, you can sneak a peek at production through the viewing window, where you get to look at how Ashgrove makes their cheese, using both traditional techniques and modern methods. The farm shop and cafe are open seven days a week from 7.30AM to 5.30PM. Located just 25 minutes east of Devonport and 40 minutes west of Launceston, Ashgrove is easily accessible right off Bass Highway and offers plenty of parking.
Turners Beach Berry Patch
Turners Beach Berry Patch is a family-run pick your own berry farm, farm shop and licensed café located just 10 minutes west of Devonport and directly off Bass Highway. In Summer, visitors can wander through the various rows of berried, filling their own punnet with sweet and fresh Tasmanian berries. Inside, the farm café specialises in real berry ice cream (try the combo!), wood-fired pizza and creative, seasonal menu items featuring quality Tasmanian ingredients. In the farm shop, you can also purchase pre-picked berries, frozen berries, homemade jams and sauces as well as other Tasmanian goodies from neighbouring businesses. With a huge play area for children, including: hay stacks, ping pong, boot toss and giant checkers, the kids will want to spend a good part of the afternoon there. The “pick your own” offer is available from October to May and the café is open all year, except for the month of June when the shop is closed. They also offer Friday night wood-fired pizza, where the cafe is open until 9PM, as well as live music in Summer, an annual Volkswagen display and other various events throughout the year.
Windows on Westella
Nestled behind beautifully landscaped gardens and a short 15-minute drive from Devonport you will find the Tasmanian Pickled Onion factory located at 100 Westella Drive, in Ulverstone. Their fresh onions are specially grown on selected farms on the Cradle Coast and are then are peeled and bottled in the factory. Tasmanian Pickled Onions’ quality control, committed personnel and passion have led them to specialise in producing Tassie's tastiest pickled onion! They offer a purpose built cafe and shop, called Windows on Westella Cafe and Pickled Pantry. New to the region, it is now open to the public seven days a week from 8.00AM to 3.30PM. Their licensed cafe offers a magnificent breakfast menu from 8.30AM to 11.30AM and a generous lunch menu from 11.30AM to 2.30PM. They also offer plenty of take away options. While visiting, take the time to browse their “Pickled Pantry” and check out their variety of Pickled Onions, various food lines and giftware. (They make great souvenirs!)
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