Gourmet Farmer

November 2017
26:00

S3 Ep10

Expired 4.0 7 x
It’s been a year since Matthew expanded his business and bought the new farm and it’s been a steep learning curve for both him and Sadie. Their passion to have visitors to Fat Pig Farm to share and experience their lifestyle, and taste products made from the farm, has led them to set a date for their very first open day and feast. Though there have been many months of planning, some huge setbacks put them on the spot and have them foraging for alternative products from their farm and the surrou...
24:21

S3 Ep9

Expired 4.0 4 x
Matthew, Nick and Ross go on a sailing adventure to Maria Island on Tasmania’s east coast. The boys learn how to sail, meet some keen fishermen, are visited by dolphins and whales, and explore Maria Island, hiking and snorkelling at the marine national park. With wondrous views and scenery, they cook up a storm with fresh fish, abalone and local produce.
25:54

S3 Ep8

Expired 3.5 4 x
50 acres of pasture is a lot of grass to manage and the local NRM, who are the group who consult on how to improve and maintain a healthy farm - have told Matthew he desperately needs to get animals to graze his grass - to regenerate it and add fertility to the soil. Matthew researches what the best cattle would be for the farm, and how to produce the best quality meat. Value-adding his beef means cured products such as Bresaola, or even condiments like Stout Mustard, can be sold at the Common ...
23:48

S3 Ep7

Expired 3.0 2 x
Nick has bought himself a wine fermenter and is hoping to enlist both Matthew and Ross to make a barrel of their own vintage. The three boys go on a Cellar Door road trip around the Tamar Valley, researching both wine varieties and wine making…also in an attempt to secure enough grapes for a barrel.
27:16

S3 Ep6

Expired 2.5 0 x
Matthew Evans is keen to use all parts of the pig to make sure that he’s adding as much value as possible to his future porkers. He has a plan for a ‘Breaking Down’ day, where one pig is broken down into its constituent parts, ready for cooking and preserving. In Italy it is traditional for the whole community to join in so Matthew will be enlisting the help of his Italian friends as some familiar faces.
24:05

S3 Ep5

Expired 3.0 2 x
Matthew and Nick’s new shop venture, A Common Ground, provides many challenges; meeting demand with a variable supply of seasonal local produce, maintaining commitment to ethically grown and prepared food whilst managing the bottom line. The shop is not in the ideal location and a couple of new ideas are needed to increase sales and foot traffic through the doors. They decide selling and shipping seasonal food hampers, along with diverse advertising, might just bolster profits.
27:51

S3 Ep4

Expired 3.0 4 x
Inspired by his recent trip to France, Matthew Evans decides to add a couple of geese to his menagerie. While picking the geese up from a local farmer, he is distracted by a home-built cold smoker. One of Matthew’s visions for the new farm is to experiment with various food processes, and now, inspired by the cold smoker, he wants to test out new cured products then smoke them.
25:57

S3 Ep3

Expired 3.0 2 x
Matthew Evans has been planning to build a commercial kitchen but the cost is prohibitive. His friend Ross tells him about a caravan fitted out with a commercial kitchen that is for sale on Bruny Island. The mobile kitchen would also be great for Matthew’s other venture; making and selling foods in markets and festivals around Tasmania. Festivale, Tasmania’s biggest food fair, is looming and the caravan would be perfect.
October 2017
25:49

S3 Ep2

Expired 4.0 5 x
It’s been a year of experimentation and Matthew Evans has kept chooks for eggs, but now he’d like to get heritage chickens for their meat. He is interested in the differences between heritage chickens and free-range chickens purchased from the supermarket and so he sets out to compare their size, colour and especially taste. Matthew is also challenged to have a regular supply of vegetables when his garden is up and running, so he is keen to build a poly-tunnel to ensure year round supply.
26:39

S3 Ep1

Expired 4.3 2 x
Matthew Evans, the former food critic turned farmer, returns in a new season of Gourmet Farmer. Over the last few years, Matthew has discovered his small farm is too shady and too wet for most of the year, which has hindered his farming aspirations. Now Matthew is up-scaling. He has bought a new farm, 70 acres and 10 minutes away. There is a lot of work to be done; roads to build, fences to repair, and a poly-tunnel and smoker to build. All of this is part of Matthew's grand dream to produce an...
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