THE PRINCIPLES OF OUR LIFESTYLE AND FARM ARE SIMPLE REALLY -
MORE TASTE, LESS WASTE.
HOW THE FAT WREN GOT COOKING!
In 2009 Mel decided it would be a great idea to do a "farm-made" Christmas hamper for all of the extended family using the excess farm grown produce. Recipes were researched, canning techniques studied, jars were bought and the shenanigans commenced!
That first hamper included a tomato relish, strawberry jam, farmhouse pickle and a vanilla syrup preserved jar of cherries. It was the beginning of a great love affair -with preserving.
In 2011 Under the name of Well Preserved, I decided to go to market! The Farmers Markets each Sunday. My first stall was TINY. Hand made signs, very basic labels, bunting and a small range of products.
It was a crash course in "market"-ing, and let me tell you it's not for the faint hearted. It involved many 3am starts in the freezing cold or afternoons sweltering in the heat but I found it was always worth it!
I REALLY LOVE THESE IMAGES OF THE FIRST STALL.
After a few weeks and a lot of repeat customers raving about my Jams! I began entering competitions and winning awards-
- Newcastle regional Show
- Gresford Show
- Sydney Fine Food awards
- Dalemain Marmalade awards (UK)
After a little break in 2015, We had a full rebranding and proudly established the Fat Wren Farm name! Allowing us to combine our very own farm fresh, spray-free and chemical-free Produce and unique amazing Preserves under one name!
FAT WREN FARM NOW.
Growing food, family and fun!
Between us we are an amazing team. Nick is fascinated by the science and economics of soil improvement, waste reduction, composting and growing- so much so he makes it his day job. He can usually be found cruising on his favourite tractor with our rescue dog Bentley hard on his heels. Mel is the chef, artist and jam engineer and can usually be found in the kitchen creating the "experiments", or working on another unique batch of delicious concoctions. Our Recently released Acidified Fruit Elixirs are to die for and have gained a cult following. - You must try some!
Happy Eating & Happy Living x