THE MOONACRES STORY
Moonacres was born in 2006, when Phil Lavers, then working as a financial trader in Toyko, and his wife Lisa decided to bring their young family back to Australia to enjoy a more family-oriented way of life.
With their 140 acres of rich red basalt soil, in a beautiful location in the Southern Highlands of NSW, Phil and Lisa set about creating a farm to produce the best produce possible. And of course, that meant it would be organic.
“I had no idea what I was doing,” says Phil. “I used to go to the Burrawang pub to ask for advice. There’s nothing more exciting to a bunch of half-tanked guys than a bogged tractor.”
Despite some trials and failures – like half a paddock of purple potatoes no one bought – Moonacres is now thriving, and supplies some of Sydney’s and regional NSW’s best restaurants (see below), and sells at a number of markets.
Local customers can also get Moonacres produce delivered to their door (see below).
As well as producing the best tasting fruit and veggies sought by Sydney’s top chefs, Phil runs Moonacres as a working example of the future of farming and is a fierce advocate for the protection of the land. “Our soil is disappearing. It’s poisoned, trampled, filled with salt, drained of nutrients. The soil is like a balloon stretched to its thinnest – and that thin layer sustains everything. When it all blows away, what are we going to eat?”
Whenever you eat Moonacres produce, you can be confident that everything in the chain has been looked after and treated ethically – from the soil, to the truck driver who delivered it. And that’s what makes Moonacres produce taste so good.
“Just taste an apple that’s been looked after,” says Phil. “That’s all I want you to do.”
TRY MOONACRES PRODUCE FOR YOURSELF
As well as visiting Moonacres Kitchen in Robertson, there are a number of ways you can taste our beautiful fruit and veggies for yourself.
We’re honoured that a number of clever chefs love to use our produce – and we love seeing how what we’ve grown, ends up on their plates. Restaurants using our produce include Sydney’s Ester, Fred’s, Bacco, Firedoor, Clove Lane, Pizza Madre and Two Chaps, and regional favourites Babyface Kitchen in Wollongong and Bistro Officina in Bowral.
Come and meet us as we sell our produce at Kiama Farmers Market, Wednesdays 3pm-6pm; Railway Street Farmers Market (Moss Vale), Thursdays 3pm-5pm; The Market at EQ (Moore Park), Wednesdays 8am-2pm; and Northside Produce Market (North Sydney), 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month 8am-12pm.
In Sydney you’ll find a selection of our produce at the non-profit co-op, Alfalfa House in Enmore. If you’re south of Sydney, you can find Moonacres produce at Flame Tree Community Food Co-Op in Thirroul.
FRUIT & VEGGIE BOX DELIVERY
If you live in the Southern Highlands and would like to enquire about getting Moonacres organic fruit and veggies delivered directly to your door, please call Lisa on 0429 852 198 or send us your details – noting you’re interested in produce delivery – on the ‘Contact’ page.
Sydney customers can receive our produce via The Vege Box, and Ooooby.
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