Think Australian Manufacturers, Australian Produce and support our local farmers at the same time. All of our fruits and vegetables at Yarra Valley Gourmet Foods don’t
Our small team is like family in so many ways. We have a father/daughter duo, there is a strong sense of care amongst all of the crew, and the support that is given for one another’s welfare
In the movie world it’s all about a plastic doll. In Australian lingo it’s all about cooking in the backyard on the four burner. Either way there’s cause for lots of
YVGF started as the brainchild of a husband and wife team more than twenty years ago. Originally, sales were primarily generated at local market stalls. Peter, the original owner, still features in our logo which is synonymous with picking the best fresh produce from
Whatever the social occasion, making sure that dietary requirements are taken into consideration is important – especially
Some people like cordial Others like cups of tea Me I’d rather a glass of wine But I stop when I get to three 🙂
Okay, I have to admit that the odd glass of wine is one of my guilty pleasures. I tell myself it’s fruit juice, which perfectly compliments the condiments that
It’s Australian Made week.
Everything we do is about fresh Australian food.
Every pot we stir is done by hand.
All of our employees are local yokels.
And we don’t compromise on all-Australian quality. EVER!Our Australian Food Manufacturing journey began back in 1997.
Jacqui Harvey, Managing Director, lives on the property in
Our all natural gourmet foods include 56 Gluten-free options, our jams, relishes and chutneys have delicious flavours to tempt any tastebud, and our gourmet food hampers are crafted to fascinate any foodie – and when that foodie is your mum, there is no substitute
Place your order online now for our superb relishes, chutneys, sauces and other special condiments, or visit one of your local supermarkets, providores, butchers or giftware stores and ask for the Yarra Valley Preserves range by name.Traditionally our Aussies crank up the barbie & celebrate quietly to
Riding down the Warburton Highway, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were being treated to a show.
There we were, poking our heads out from behind the bushes, chewing on Easter eggs, and having a break from stirring our pots of small-batch gourmet relishes, jams and other yummy stuff!
It was just like ‘who stole
Yarra Valley Gourmet Foods uses the freshest of produce from Victorian Regional Farmers
From paddock to plate via our farmgate.
Explore our range of specialised condiments with real chunks of fruits and vegetables in every jar.
May we suggest jamming or hammin’
Who says it’s not that easy being green!
Yarra Valley Preserves’ Online Shop is full of tantalising green gourmet delights that will help get the party started for this St Patrick’s Day – 17th March.
One could ask why we celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Australia? It’s a good
Makin’ meatballs couldn’t be easier with Yarra Valley Gourmet Foods’ range of saucy sauces, raunchy relishes and MAD DOG Chilli products.
You can go hot and heavy or as spicy as you like, or soften the blow with a splash of tomato relish that just makes your taste buds hum.
I guess the challenge
Real fruit chunks, real fruit juice, locally sourced vegetables and produce – and all made by hand in Melbourne’s gorgeous Yarra Valley.
You won’t be able to resist our Tomato Relish – thick red tomatoes grown in our farmgate hothouse, jam packed with other fresh ingredients from some of the region’s most dedicated farmers, and
The smell of fresh brewed coffee always lends itself to having a little something sweet on the side – and we’ve got just the thing!
With Barista Day coming up on 1st March, why not make a plan to spoil the peeps you love with an afternoon soiree featuring our gorgeous Yarra Valley Gourmet Foods
We had a wonderful working bee on the last weekend in July to clear the property, commence landscaping, and prepare for reopening on the weekends. I can’t thank enough the 30 plus people who showed up over the two days for their back-breaking work and support of what I am trying to achieve – I
I decided to pick lemons and prune quince trees today, but the overgrown orchard also benefitted from my motivation in secateuring the thick weed between trees by hand – 3 rows down, 5 to go. I’m sure there are tools to do this (no, I cannot mow over the irrigation line), but right now I’m
“They dined on mince, and slices of quince, which they ate with a runcible spoon; And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, They danced by the light of the moon. Edward Lear
I’m lucky enough to have seasonal access to around 70 local quince trees, planted well over 40 years ago. Until
I looked back at my newsletter from this time last year, and all we had at our new home was a concrete slab! All the stress to finish building, get utilities working, and start manufacturing, seems a world away.
Here’s where we started over 5 years ago compared to the factory we have now built
Still waiting on Yarra Valley Water and CFA requirements to install pipework to water meter, a fire hydrant and hose reels – another $30k unbudgeted expense! This is before we can enclose the trenches and begin beautifying the property.
We are, however, underway on the shop… After some clever advice, we spray painted the roof
We got gas – finally! The metre was installed on 23/8 and we recommenced full blown production on Monday 27th August – 2 months after the move…. Such a relief!
Now, if we can just get the CFA regulations sorted (which our surveyor should have actioned over the past 16 months!), the construction would be
Well our move is still proving challenging! We are still without gas to cook our jams, chutney/relishes and jellies so have quite a few out of stocks. After waiting two weeks, we have discovered we have another two to go, so have now bought in the camp burners to go back to pot cooking –
We moved! Well, partially….
We relocated out of our old digs into this beauty on June 28th, however, with no power or gas on site, we’ve had to move cooking back to Mt Evelyn. We finally achieved power connection this week, but still unsure on gas. There may be a few stock issues over the
Still not at lock-up just yet! Windows have arrived after a long hold up in the design and standards departments, but hopefully we can now motor ahead….
We finally cleared the old concrete slab from down the side which took a few days, filling an old dam that wasn’t in use. We’ve compacted it down
As you can see, we’ve been hard at work coating the back warehouse floor (that’s Mum and Colleen!) and filling, sanding and painting the large back wall of the top warehouse (that’s Stefan on the scissor lift).
We still have a lot of painting to go…
We are not yet at lock-up, just awaiting the
Here’s an aerial shot (high up on a scissor lift!)….impressive, hey? So much of the structure is in place, giving us a true sense of how much space we will have. We hope to have the roof on in the next few weeks and the colorbond shed also finished in that time frame. Our deadline
The lower level internal structure has been erected so we can actually walk through rooms and visual the size – it makes it so much more real!
The back two sections of colorbond shed needed a crane, and people power, to fix the roof in place.
Over the next few weeks we’ll see the upstairs
Surprisingly, the builders have been busy over December/January and commenced the internal frames. It’s wonderful to see the structure begin to take shape….
Here’s a design drawing of what our future home will look like – front retail/produce store and back manufacturing plant, with a greenhouse off to the side. I look forward to the day when I can post the actual image of this!
Right now – we have a concrete slab!
Well the weather has not been kind! Our builders did not really see the funny side of their ruined trenches.. Give them credit though – they did show up! It’s a slow journey…. hopefully more to see soon.
The ground has been broken! Well, for excavation anyway… The removal of the old concrete slab to make way for the new has been rather a large effort. Look at all that concrete – and it is, sadly, unusable. We have an old dam at the top of the property which is quite derelict (it
So the greenhouse is up! It’s not powered yet but the structure is finished – giving us a lovely, warm environment to store our farm equipment for the time being… Once complete, this climate controlled hydroponic house will provide the majority of our food production needs – red and green tomatoes, cauliflower, zucchini, capsicum, horseradish
Along with our factory build comes the need to increase our manufacturing efficiency, hence the investment in additional manufacturing equipment.
Whilst trying to remain true to our ‘hand made’ traditions, we also need to expand our customer base, remain price competitive amongst a crowded market segment, and explore new opportunities, especially in targeting export sales.
The trees are down and the greenhouse build has commenced!
Our planning permit to manufacture will be conditional on us growing produce, so we have planted an orchard of 200 trees (50 each of lemons, limes, crabapples and quinces) which will take a while to bear the required levels of fruit that we need.
A change of plan! We had originally thought we would renovate the existing shed, but with the need for more space, it has been decided to demolish that structure and create a whole new building with an upstairs mezzanine – all whilst trying to maintain the old external look. We’ve endured a week’s exclusion zone
Our property has over 90 Cypress pine trees (hence the name Pine Ridge!), planted over 70 years ago to act as a wind break, but now, sadly, they are past their useful life. Bordering the future structure of our new development, we have to remove at least half of them to protect against damage. Since
So here’s how it’s starting….. Of course you need to look beyond this structure to envisage a retail store and manufacturing facility.
First step, a planning permit – so with the services of our planning consultant, the fabulous Marc Bartsch, and hopefully a reasonable Yarra Ranges Council, this should be a breeze…shouldn’t it?