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A HOP, SKIP & A JUMP
It just happened that my trip to the mid-north coast coincided with the school holidays, and it was an absolute pleasure to take my two boys, Oliver (11) & Sebastien (9) along with me for a quick overnight trip that took us to Port Macquarie, Black Creek, Wauchope & back again.
The mid-north coast
One of our very talented bakers that use our butter in their pastries hails from Port Macquarie. The Hasting Valley Dairy in Wauchope is where we buy around 3,000L of cream from weekly, and one of the farms that supply the co-op milk is the Baker Farm in Black Creek. 
As usual I was accompanied by my good mate and our social media guru Rob Locke from @foodwinedine for this trip. And a special treat to both of us having my two boys tag along 

Photos for intro:
 
QantasLink Sydney to Port Macquarie (and back)
Photo 18-4-18, 9 34 56 pm (3).jpg

 
Photo 19-4-18, 11 11 59 am.jpg

 
Come on, this dairy factory will be fun… 
Photo 18-4-18, 10 32 54 am.jpg
 
Rail bridge across the Hastings River in Wauchope
Photo 18-4-18, 10 06 33 pm.jpg

The delights of Urban Grain Bakery, Port Macquarie
We arrived in Port Macquarie on the afternoon QantasLink flight, and met with Tim and Catherine, the owners of Urban Grain Bakery, for dinner at the historic Whalebone Wharf Restaurant in Port Macquarie. Fish was on the menu, beautiful setting right on the Hastings River, and an awesome atmosphere. 
The next morning we headed to the bakery bright and early to try an array of Tim & Catherine’s baked creations and their award winning sourdough bread…with at least three cups of coffee, each. All of it mind blowing!
@urbangrainbakery
Shop 17 Peachtree Walk Arcade, Hay St, Port Macquarie NSW 2444 
0423 545 258

Photos for Urban Grain section
  
Tim Dunn with Pepe Saya, and a huge loaf of bread he made for me
Photo 18-4-18, 9 13 00 am.jpg

 
Tim & Catherine, owners of Urban Grain Bakery
Photo 19-4-18, 9 48 58 am.jpg

 
Croissants made with Pepe Saya butter
Photo 18-4-18, 8 11 45 am.jpg

 
Selection of danishes made with Pepe Saya butter
Photo 19-4-18, 11 11 42 am (2).jpg

 
A beautiful display
Photo 19-4-18, 11 11 54 am.jpg

 
These guys work so hard to deliver the highest quality they can
Photo 19-4-18, 9 48 54 am.jpg

The Baker Farm, Black Creek
The Baker Farm is in Black Creek near Kendall, a 40min drive directly south from Wauchope NSW. We had organised to visit the Baker Farm as they are the biggest supplier of milk to the Hastings Valley Dairy. 
They run a mixed herd of friesians, every 5th cow being a jersey, and some friesian x jerseys. The farm is set on a hillside, with Black Creek running through the 400 acres, and 270 milkers (cows) roaming their lush green grass. 
It is run by brothers Colin & Bob, and Sandra, Bob’s wife. One thing that struck me on the farm was that they treated their cows like beloved pets, so the cows were really approachable and not at all scared of us, like on most dairy farms. All had been named by the family. As you can see by the pictures my kids were right up patting the cows and playing with the calves. We were at the farm for the feeding of the calves and the afternoon milking. 
Black Creek Road, Black Creek
Lead photo:
 
Sebastien (9) with Tiny T-Bone (6)
Photo 18-4-18, 3 03 05 pm.jpg

Other photos:
 
Sandra with her prized friesian
Photo 18-4-18, 9 34 12 pm.jpg

 
Strolling home for milking
Photo 18-4-18, 9 34 49 pm (3).jpg

 
The boys loved Sandra
Photo 18-4-18, 9 34 56 pm (1).jpg

 
Oliver (11) learning the trade
Photo 18-4-18, 9 34 50 pm (1).jpg

 
Sandra and the boys
Photo 18-4-18, 9 34 56 pm (4).jpg

 
Life from Tiny T-bone’s point of view
Photo 18-4-18, 9 34 12 pm (1).jpg

 
We loved Sandra, a credit to the dairy industry
Photo 18-4-18, 9 34 28 pm.jpg

The Hastings Valley Dairy, Wauchope
For the last 5 years we have been buying some of our cream from Hastings Valley Dairy based in Wauchope. This year we entered into a supply agreement with them and we get approximately 3,000L of premium pure cream from them on a weekly basis. 
Part of our charter at Pepe Saya Butter Co is that we like to visit the source of our cream, in this case Hastings Valley Dairy, and also visit the farms that supply them milk to see how their animals are treated and what they are fed. I can tell you now Hastings Valley Dairy ticked all my boxes. They showed true country hospitality- we were given a tour of the factory and their very transparent operations, and watched some of their cheese being made- ricotta, pecorino & fetta that day. 

2 Randall Street, Wauchope NSW

Photos with Hastings Valley section-
  
Pepe smelling the cheese
Photo 18-4-18, 10 06 37 pm.jpg

 
The milk truck unloading at Hastings Valley Dairy
Photo 18-4-18, 10 06 33 pm (1).jpg

 
Photo 18-4-18, 10 06 21 pm.jpg
 
Cheeses aging
Photo 18-4-18, 10 06 52 pm.jpg
 
Fresh ricotta
Photo 18-4-18, 10 07 02 pm (1).jpg

 
Fetta being made
Photo 18-4-18, 10 07 01 pm.jpg

 
The milk tank
Photo 18-4-18, 10 06 36 pm.jpg

 
Blue steel Sebastien
Photo 18-4-18, 10 06 57 pm.jpg

 
The cream tank after pasteurisation 
Photo 18-4-18, 10 06 59 pm (2).jpg

 
Cream being pumped into 1000L bladders to be delivered to Pepe Saya
Photo 18-4-18, 10 06 59 pm (1).jpg

It was absolutely fantastic travelling with my kids, who usually live through the photos of my experiences visiting our suppliers & customers. Sharing this experience with them was incredible, with (I hope) many more trips with them to come. 
I can’t thank the people of Hastings Valley Dairy enough for being so welcoming and the time they spent with us. Big thanks to Ben Williamson & Mark Livermore of Hastings Valley Dairy for organising such a great trip. 


***Add a map similar to France, but just of NSW- 
Sydney > Port Maq (Urban Grain Bakery) > Baker Farm (-31.592155, 152.668395 in google maps) > Hastings Valley Dairy(2 Randall Street, Wauchope NSW)  > Port Maq > Sydney by plane
















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A HOP, SKIP & A JUMP It just happened that my trip to the mid-north coast coincided with the school holidays, and it was an absolute pleasure to take my two boys, Oliver (11) & Sebastien (9) along with me for a quick overnight trip that took us to Port Macquarie, Black Creek, Wauchope & back again. The mid-north coast One of our very talented bakers that use our butter in their pastries hails from Port Macquarie. The Hasting Valley Dairy in Wauchope is where we buy around 3,000L of cream from weekly, and one of the farms that supply the co-op milk is the Baker Farm in Black Creek. As usual I was accompanied by my good mate and our social media guru Rob Locke from @foodwinedine for this trip. And a special treat to both of us having my two boys tag along Photos for intro: QantasLink Sydney to Port Macquarie (and back) Photo 18-4-18, 9 34 56 pm (3).jpg Photo 19-4-18, 11 11 59 am.jpg Come on, this dairy factory will be fun… Photo 18-4-18, 10 32 54 am.jpg Rail bridge across the Hastings River in Wauchope Photo 18-4-18, 10 06 33 pm.jpg The delights of Urban Grain Bakery, Port Macquarie We arrived in Port Macquarie on the afternoon QantasLink flight, and met with Tim and Catherine, the owners of Urban Grain Bakery, for dinner at the historic Whalebone Wharf Restaurant in Port Macquarie. Fish was on the menu, beautiful setting right on the Hastings River, and an awesome atmosphere. The next morning we headed to the bakery bright and early to try an array of Tim & Catherine’s baked creations and their award winning sourdough bread…with at least three cups of coffee, each. All of it mind blowing! @urbangrainbakery Shop 17 Peachtree Walk Arcade, Hay St, Port Macquarie NSW 2444 0423 545 258 Photos for Urban Grain section Tim Dunn with Pepe Saya, and a huge loaf of bread he made for me Photo 18-4-18, 9 13 00 am.jpg Tim & Catherine, owners of Urban Grain Bakery Photo 19-4-18, 9 48 58 am.jpg Croissants made with Pepe Saya butter Photo 18-4-18, 8 11 45 am.jpg Selection of danishes made with Pepe Saya butter Photo 19-4-18, 11 11 42 am (2).jpg A beautiful display Photo 19-4-18, 11 11 54 am.jpg These guys work so hard to deliver the highest quality they can Photo 19-4-18, 9 48 54 am.jpg The Baker Farm, Black Creek The Baker Farm is in Black Creek near Kendall, a 40min drive directly south from Wauchope NSW. We had organised to visit the Baker Farm as they are the biggest supplier of milk to the Hastings Valley Dairy. They run a mixed herd of friesians, every 5th cow being a jersey, and some friesian x jerseys. The farm is set on a hillside, with Black Creek running through the 400 acres, and 270 milkers (cows) roaming their lush green grass. It is run by brothers Colin & Bob, and Sandra, Bob’s wife. One thing that struck me on the farm was that they treated their cows like beloved pets, so the cows were really approachable and not at all scared of us, like on most dairy farms. All had been named by the family. As you can see by the pictures my kids were right up patting the cows and playing with the calves. We were at the farm for the feeding of the calves and the afternoon milking. Black Creek Road, Black Creek Lead photo: Sebastien (9) with Tiny T-Bone (6) Photo 18-4-18, 3 03 05 pm.jpg Other photos: Sandra with her prized friesian Photo 18-4-18, 9 34 12 pm.jpg Strolling home for milking Photo 18-4-18, 9 34 49 pm (3).jpg The boys loved Sandra Photo 18-4-18, 9 34 56 pm (1).jpg Oliver (11) learning the trade Photo 18-4-18, 9 34 50 pm (1).jpg Sandra and the boys Photo 18-4-18, 9 34 56 pm (4).jpg Life from Tiny T-bone’s point of view Photo 18-4-18, 9 34 12 pm (1).jpg We loved Sandra, a credit to the dairy industry Photo 18-4-18, 9 34 28 pm.jpg The Hastings Valley Dairy, Wauchope For the last 5 years we have been buying some of our cream from Hastings Valley Dairy based in Wauchope. This year we entered into a supply agreement with them and we get approximately 3,000L of premium pure cream from them on a weekly basis. Part of our charter at Pepe Saya Butter Co is that we like to visit the source of our cream, in this case Hastings Valley Dairy, and also visit the farms that supply them milk to see how their animals are treated and what they are fed. I can tell you now Hastings Valley Dairy ticked all my boxes. They showed true country hospitality- we were given a tour of the factory and their very transparent operations, and watched some of their cheese being made- ricotta, pecorino & fetta that day. 2 Randall Street, Wauchope NSW Photos with Hastings Valley section- Pepe smelling the cheese Photo 18-4-18, 10 06 37 pm.jpg The milk truck unloading at Hastings Valley Dairy Photo 18-4-18, 10 06 33 pm (1).jpg Photo 18-4-18, 10 06 21 pm.jpg Cheeses aging Photo 18-4-18, 10 06 52 pm.jpg Fresh ricotta Photo 18-4-18, 10 07 02 pm (1).jpg Fetta being made Photo 18-4-18, 10 07 01 pm.jpg The milk tank Photo 18-4-18, 10 06 36 pm.jpg Blue steel Sebastien Photo 18-4-18, 10 06 57 pm.jpg The cream tank after pasteurisation Photo 18-4-18, 10 06 59 pm (2).jpg Cream being pumped into 1000L bladders to be delivered to Pepe Saya Photo 18-4-18, 10 06 59 pm (1).jpg It was absolutely fantastic travelling with my kids, who usually live through the photos of my experiences visiting our suppliers & customers. Sharing this experience with them was incredible, with (I hope) many more trips with them to come. I can’t thank the people of Hastings Valley Dairy enough for being so welcoming and the time they spent with us. Big thanks to Ben Williamson & Mark Livermore of Hastings Valley Dairy for organising such a great trip. ***Add a map similar to France, but just of NSW- Sydney > Port Maq (Urban Grain Bakery) > Baker Farm (-31.592155, 152.668395 in google maps) > Hastings Valley Dairy(2 Randall Street, Wauchope NSW) > Port Maq > Sydney by plane