Elphin Grove Farm is a family run business, operating on 220 HA in East Sassafras near Latrobe. Ian and Lesley moved to the property from Bruny Island in 1980 and since then their son Matthew and his wife Ruth have become involved in the business and it has grown to where it is now.
The farm produces peas for Simplot, poppies for Tasmanian Alkaloids, prime lamb/beef for the local butcher markets, sweetcorn and celeriac for local and interstate markets.
With the reduction of the availability of processing contracts 8 years ago we started looking at other areas of growth for our business. This lead us to starting to grow celeriac, we started with 1500 plants and have grown to a peak of 50000 plants with a large amount going to the Melbourne markets and the rest to local markets or restaurants.
Two years ago we saw a gap in the market and started growing local sweetcorn, the first year went well and it is something we see that has the potential to continue to grow.
Everything we produce is grown under the Freshcare quality insurance program. Sustainability and profitability are two of our main aims on the property and we hope to be producing quality product for years to come.
This stallholder is at Harvest this week.