At Naughtons, we feel incredibly privileged to receive produce from a bunch of fantastic local farmers. We feel it’s important to remember and acknowledge the work that goes into this produce before it makes it to our kitchen; safe to say we’re honoured to be using ingredients that have taken such hard work and love. Below you’ll find a roundup of some of the farms we source from, and a little bit about them.
Every week we receive a side of beef from Cherry Tree Organics that we butcher and age in-house. The beef comes from Cherry Tree Downs – a farm run by the Blundy family in South Gippsland. Recognising the benefits of organics in the 90s they were early adopters of this farming principle. They did so in order to optimise the taste and health benefits while reflecting their commitment to animal welfare and sustainability.
Milawa Poultry is a certified, free-range farm in regional Victoria whose chicken we feature across our menu. On his 30 hectares of land, Russell Mickle and his family specialize in producing organic, hormone free chooks.
Paul Miragliotta established Day’s Walk Farm (certified organic) in Keilor in 2015. Grown along the banks of the Maribyrnong river his produce benefits from the nutrient rich loam soil. Paul, who is passionate about environmentally responsible food security, runs Farm Incubator, a not-for-profit that encourages young people in farming.
Wandin Yallock Farms is owned by third generation farmers, Chris and Tim Manders. Located in the Yarra Valley the land is rich in fertile soil, producing fantastic heirloom tomatoes.
Ralf Finke, a trained ‘fleischmeister’ uses a combination of traditional techniques and local ingredients to create high quality artisan smallgoods.
Husband and wife duo Scotty & Renae McKinnon brew, without doubt, some of our favourite craft beers in Melbourne. They have a hand in every part of the process from mashing the grain to packing the cans.
We work with suppliers and producers from across Australia and the globe, whose wines have been chosen because we believe they are expressive of grape and place. We’ve found that generally these wines have been crafted by makers who are also the growers, people who share the philosophy of less is more. Less impact on soil & environment, less intervention in the wine making process, leaving more in the bottle for you to enjoy.
In recent years the fishers of Corner Inlet took it upon themselves to reduce the number of licence holders operating, reducing the environmental impact of the fishery. The remaining fishers work together to maintain a self-imposed code of conduct, only fishing select days and limited to 2 net casts per day. They work a net fishing method called ‘seine’ netting, allowing them to hand select target fish and release (alive) any bycatch.
When we are lucky enough to get our hands on it, Roz and Bruce Burton’s chicken features on our specials board. At Milking Yard Farm the Burtons produce award winning, heritage breed Sommerlad chickens. Naturally a slow growing breed, their chooks are pasture fed for 70-100 days (as opposed to the standard 35 days from industrial farms), resulting in meat that is firm and packed with nutrients and flavour.
Braelands is a family run farm located in Pentland Hills, Victoria. This is where Louise Abey, a fourth-generation farmer, rears free range Poll Dorset sheep. Taking advantage of the fertile soil & native grass on her land, Louise selectively grows some of her lamb until they are classified as hogget.
This allows for development of flavour & marbling while retaining the tenderness lamb is known for.
Xavier & Laura Meade did not set out to become premium pork producers. They began farming their 6.5 hectares plot of land in the Otways as a way of producing enough food to sustain their young family. After receiving terrific reviews for their pork from family and friends Barongarook Pork was born. They now maintain a small herd of 60 free-range pigs at a time, crossing rare breed Berkshires and Saddlebacks with their Duroc boar.
In the town of Acheron you will find Dobson’s potato farm run by 4th generation potato farmer Geoff Dobson and partner Bronwyn. Benefitting from the fertile clay soil of the Goulburn River they grow exceptional quality spuds which are sorted by hand and washed using river water, which is then recycled back onto their pastures.
Third generation dairy farming family in Timboon producing exceptional quality milk using organic farming methods. Their philosophy is simple, happy cows equal great tasting milk. We receive our milk in large bladders which we decant into reusable glass bottles, reducing the amount of plastic sent to landfill.