Farm and Co is creating a community of like minded lovers of sustainable farming and nourishing food.
A little slice of agrarian heaven awaits just over the border, in Cudgen NSW. And it’s called Farm and Co. The organic family farm taking produce that extra step – from the paddock to the plate – with its organic market garden, farm store and café.
After many years in planning, owner Michele and her family have finally opened the doors to Farm and Co. First and foremost a working farm, Farm and Co has succumbed to pressure from locals and grown into a café and produce store through Michele’s hard work, vision and passion.
“It was a ten year journey,” she laughs to us on our visit. But well worth the wait.
Michele learnt how to grow vegetables from her dad and nana. She grew up in Cooma where school friends taught her how to manage cattle, horses, sheep and pigs. Later she trained to become
a Paediatric Nurse with a Bachelor of Health Science, whilst raising a family of four children, and concurrently studying Biological and Organic Farming. But clearly she decided (to everyone’s benefit) that she somehow wasn’t busy enough, and decided to pursue the cafe dream.
Michele is passionate about sustainable farm practices, healthy living and the importance of connecting with the land and our local environment.
“After a career in health I realised that our foundation for good health begins in our farming systems, from the soil up. We grow food without harmful chemicals and we are committed to the growing, nourishing and building of healthy communities”.
Farm and Co is open for breakfast, lunch or coffee. With a focus on fresh, high quality ingredients and well-balanced vegetarian meals, the sunny cafe is a the perfect spot to stop for breakfast or lunch before winding through the farm’s sunflowers and visiting the farm’s resident animals, who are all as happy as pigs in… well you know the rest.
On our visit we sampled some of the delights on its brekky menu including the perfectly poached free range farm eggs on house-baked sourdough, with zesty avocado and a homemade sauerkraut that had us begging for the secret recipe!
The vast majority of the menu comes from the working farm, although the fresh, squeaky haloumi and a few other extras all come from local suppliers. It’s a comfort to know exactly what you’re eating and exactly where it come from.
Once you’re satisfied, the fresh air and green paddocks beckon. You can stretch out on one of the hammocks under the shady macadamia trees, feed the pigs and chickens, or crack some macadamias yourself for dessert, if you can fit them in! It’s the perfect morning out with friends or the kids.
There is also a store with fresh produce picked daily and hand selected treats from third party suppliers with a similar food and farming ethos, so you take home some of the goodness on your way out.
Farm and Co is more than just a farm and a café, and the farmscape is more than just a background. Combined these elements create a space where people can reconnect, nurture their soul with healthy food, and be one with nature.
NOTE: Blank GC dined as guests at Farm and Co.