A shed at Huntley Berry Farm now bears the fruit of many dedicated workers labour – about five acres worth of vegetables.
The pumpkins are destined for dinner plates at The Greenhouse of Orange, thanks to a new produce partnership with the Huntley Road farm.
A winter menu which includes pickled-pumpkin Charcuterie plates, pumpkin gnocchi, roast pumpkin producer’s bowls and pumpkin pizzas will all benefit from the work of the team at the OCTEC-owned and operated Australian Disability Enterprise farm.
Farm manager Tony Belmonte said seeing the grower’s hard work pay off is satisfying, particularly after a difficult season. “Our guys get a lot of pride and confidence from growing something from seed and then seeing it on a plate on a restaurant in town,” he said.
Marketing manager Gianni Belmonte said he hopes the farm helps change people’s perceptions of people with disabilities.
The pumpkins will be the first of the farm’s produce bound for the Greenhouse kitchen, with garlic to follow in September.
Chefs Denny Evans and Bronwyn Jordan visited the property this week to provide the workers with some pumpkin preparation training. Ms Jordan said the menu will “adapt and blossom as the seasons do”.