If you’re curious about paddock-to-plate dining or learning where your food comes from, drop into a handful of the 21 stops along the Murray Farm Gate Trail.
Between Brimin to Barmah, bounce between farms and producers tasting cheese, wine, liqueur, olive oil, beef, garlic, preserves, fresh fruit and veggies. Here are just a handful of the farm gates you can visit:
At the Big Strawberry, the Hayes family has been growing the juicy red fruit since 1969. Snap a picture with the giant strawberry then pick-your-own during the season and visit the farm shop to taste preserves, cordials, jams, chutney and even strawberry wine.
For a serious dose of citrus, venture into Orange World, where 10,000 trees produce more than 20 million oranges, mandarins, grapefruits and avocados. Join a tractor train tour through the farm then taste fruit, ice-cream and juice at the kiosk.
The award-winning Rich Glen Olive Estate makes more than 100 products with the humble olive including salt rubs, dressings, vinegars, tea and, of course, extra virgin olive oil. Drop by the Murray River Providore in Echuca to pick up Rich Glen produce and build-your-own picnic box to take down to Lake Mulwala or Forges Beach.
Beers, wine and everything fine
Byramine Homestead & Brewery dishes up farmhouse platters and Devonshire teas to match its home brewed beers, ciders and wines. Built in 1842, the historic home is Victoria’s oldest homestead, so save time to tour the property and its glorious grounds.
Nearby, Bundarra Berkshires farm free range heritage breed pigs on a regenerative farm near Barmah. Drop into the family butcher in town to pick up various cuts to grill at a riverside barbecue, some specialist charcuterie for a picnic, or book a stay on the farm to meet the happy pigs yourself.