Forty years ago Debbie and Sandy Warne planted avocado trees at Horseshoe Bend, their 800-hectare family farm near the banks of the Murray River, just outside the small town of Barham.
Debbie and Sandy’s dream of sharing their produce has now been realised by their daughter, Katrina Myers, and her husband, Tim. With their young family in tow, the Myers lovingly tend to the same paddocks that four generations of Katrina’s family have cared for before them. Tim and Katrina’s hands-on approach to farming, their knowledge of the land and their family’s heritage can be seen in the quality of their fruit – Barham Avocados’ avos are the most delicious ones around!
Barham Avocados grow four varieties of yummy avos at Horseshoe Bend. All are pesticide-free, and picked and packed by hand. Because they pick and send them within 48 hours, Barham Avocados’ customers receive the best-tasting, freshest produce that ripens evenly and slowly. And, by golly, you can taste the difference.
Avocado season starts in June or July when you can say ¡Hola! to the Mexican varieties. The Bacon – smooth-skinned, pea-green and nutty-flavoured – is the first cab off the rank, followed by the slender-necked Fuerte in July or August.
The familiar rich-tasting Hass, with its rough, dark green skin that deepens to royal purple as it ripens, is generally available during October and November, and then the farm’s specialty: the creamy, emu egg-shaped Reed sees you through the rest of summer for January and February.
Barham Avocados’ avos are used in many much-loved dishes at some of Melbourne’s favourite cafes and restaurants, including Pope Joan and Top Paddock.
Barham Avocados sells its avos direct to your door via the online shop, at farmers’ markets or, if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, drop them a note and make a time to visit. Then you can pick your own avos and taste for yourself!