The origins of FOOTESIDE FARM began in the Woolshed. We were looking for a name that would uniquely identify our property. We have land alongside both Foote Road and the dry Foote Creek. This brand was first featured on our wool bales.
The difficult rural and financial times in the 1990's prompted us to research ways to increase our on farm resources and business. Taking into consideration the long term effects to our environment and the possible need for supplement watering to maintain the plant yield through dry years we pursued semi-arid native food plants.
WATTLE SEED - QUANDONG - BUSH TOMATO
Our plan was to contract grow these foods saving us the demands of marketing. For a few years all went well until the company we were dealing with declared bankruptcy. Our challenge was what to do with the produce we had on hand.
The plants still grew and flourished.
Hesitant attempts at marketing came with varied success as often people were unsure how to use native foods. After a time an opportunity to participate in a government funded 'Building Emerging Entrepreneurs' course enabled us to build a business plan and a marketing strategy.
LEMON MYRTLE was added to our FOOTESIDE FARM product range for a wider flavour choice. We still have small trees growing in pots. Another dry land native food plant we grow is SALTBUSH for human consumption. This has been added to our product range.
WATTLE SEED, The Kitchen Handbook is a book written to answer the question, "What can I do with wattle seed?" Included are 35 ideas as a starting point for flavour exploration with wattle seed. All the recipes have been approved by family and friends.
At FOOTESIDE FARM we acknowledge the traditional source and use of these native foods. The history of their use is valuable to our heritage. We support research to investigate the benefits of these plants.
We believe everyone can enjoy these unique Australian flavours.
FOOTESIDE FARM offers ready to use ingredients with innovative recipes that can be made in your own kitchen, for dinner with friends, a special event, to impress, to experiment. Try the unique flavours of Australia.
Wholesale enquires are welcome as are bulk orders.
Tours and educational talks can be arranged by appointments.