Tommerup Dairy Farm in the Scenic Rim is the Queensland winner in From the Dairy, 2022 delicious. Harvey Norman Produce Awards. A Scenic Rim dairy farm steeped in tradition and authenticity, Tommerup Dairy Farm has been a delicious. Harvey Norman Produce Awards state title for three years running. The tiny farm with a big heart has proved there is room for producers of all sizes to survive and thrive.
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Regenerative farming at Tommerup Dairy Farm
The award recognises how Kay and Dave Tommerup farm as much as their mouth-watering products. There are just 20 cows on Kay and Dave Tommerup’s 200-acre property. This is a deliberate strategy to focus on quality over quantity. It also helps regenerate the farm for future generations. Kay says there is no waste on the farm thanks to the support of conscious consumers.
“It is becoming a focus with chefs. They want to be part of the whole cycle by taking vealers. This allows us to raise all our calves and not sell any as bobby calves. Instead, we focus on cream product production using our milk-fed pork for the waste skim milk product,” she said.
“We are not wasting any animals. We are not wasting any product that comes from the creamery. All these animals are rotated around the farm to positively impact and repair the land.”
Tommerup Dairy Farm products
What is produced at this gorgeous sixth-generation family farm? The list includes double cream, cultured butter, crème fraiche, cultured butter with red gum smoked salt, full cream natural yoghurt, cultured buttermilk, full cream natural yoghurt with bush honey and ice cream.
Boutique dairy products
After establishing Tommerup’s Jersey Girl line of boutique dairy products in 2019, Kay and Dave decided to leave processor Norco in January 2021.
It was not a decision taken lightly. They had supplied Norco since 1984 when the company took over the former Logan and Albert Co-Op. Kay said they hoped to encourage others to have confidence in their product and succeed without a middleman.
“It’s essential that we encourage other farmers who might be thinking, ‘we can’t keep doing this. We need to let them know there are other ways to do it,” she said. “There is support out there. There needs to be a community of people who are doing it alone who support each other to be viable.”
She said the award was a win for the Scenic Rim and for conscious consumers everywhere.
More than just the taste
“This award means so much because not just recognition of the quality of our product, but also recognises the extra effort that goes into making a clear choice to regenerate our farm for future generations,” she said. “By building these relationships with our customers, and chefs, in particular, we can show the actual value of our product. When they use our product, they remember those connections with us, our story, our farm, and our animals. When a higher value is placed on products from farmers choosing a regenerative journey, it allows more resources to be allocated to regenerative practices and helps us continue down that path. The whole story, from raising calves right through to the end product, means something more than just the product and taste.”
2022 delicious. Harvey Norman Produce Awards
The 2022 delicious. Harvey Norman Produce Awards focus on how food producers grow, cultivate, harvest and catch the produce they supply to Australia’s leading chefs and establishments.
Tommerup Dairy Farm proceeds to the Produce Awards national judging in Sydney in May, where Australia’s leading chefs and restaurateurs will judge the 2022 trophy winners. The NATIONAL 2022 delicious. Harvey Norman Produce Awards winners will be announced in the September issue of delicious., on sale on August 18.
Scenic Rim Eat Local Week
Tommerup Dairy Farm will host a stunning entrée event for the Scenic Rim Eat Local Week this year, Breakfast with the Jersey Girls, on Sunday, June 19, from 7 am to 11 am. It will celebrate the farm’s beautiful produce over a long table at the barn. Showcased in a champagne brunch exquisitely prepared by Wild Canary, with a window to the Lost World, it’s an intimate full-circle food experience as guests join the herd in the dairy.