Set on a working farm in the hills of Gippsland, Tamsin’s Table hosts beautiful lunches and workshops using meat and produce grown and gathered on the farm and in the rambling kitchen garden. Lunches and classes are held in the hilltop farmhouse, filled with Al’s handmade furniture and with views down the valley out every window. The joys of a shared table, conversation, home grown food; this is the good stuff of life. Enjoying these good things with friends old and new, along with a chance to learn or share food and cooking knowledge that springs from family and community traditions (all that good stuff you will never learn from a book) is what we are all about.
The garden is a tangly, rambling place where vegetables, herbs, fruit, flowers and berries mingle. A garden that is just beyond the grasp of complete control. It is a garden full of secrets, and discoveries and self seeding, as well as bird’s nests, shady nooks to sit, skinks, frogs, bees and protection from the wind. The garden is on a north west facing slope near the house, which just seven years ago was a forbiddingly barren gravel turning circle and bare paddock dotted with the remains of chook sheds from generations past. Now it is wonderfully productive and all the fresh produce that we use for our lunches is grown here.
This 113 acre farm is in Poowong East, ninety minutes south east of Melbourne’s CBD. It was one of the original selections made by the Danes when they first settled in this valley in 1877 (still, this valley is mainly Olsens). The ten acres around the farmhouse are used quite intensively, being home to the vegetable gardens, chooks, turkeys and pigs. The old walk through dairy is still used to milk the house cows – and is a lovely reminder of this place’s heritage. The balance of the farm is primarily pasture for the cattle.
If you’ve visited the farm, then you know that Al makes beautiful furniture using salvaged and recycled timbers that he sources from local farms, sheds and demolitions. Many people ask if he takes commissions, and yes, he does. If you would love a very personal and beautiful piece of furniture of your own, you are welcome to view his work at the farmhouse and talk with him about your ideas or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org