After almost 30 years on the land, first on Kangaroo Island, South Australia and then near Esperance, Western Australia, in 1994, we found a new challenge in growing berries at "The Bramble Patch" just outside of Stanthorpe, Queensland, right in the heart of the Granite Belt. Initially sending all our fresh berries to the Brisbane market we could soon see a gap in the emerging tourism industry. Visitors were looking for alternate attractions to the many wineries and as a trial, along with the berries sold from the farm gate, we began to sell a small range of handmade jams and sauces.
I guess you could say the rest is history! After 20 years of growing, the business has now evolved into what it is today and The Bramble Patch now boasts a range of over 50 different gourmet products, including the original jams and sauces, but also extending to jellies, marmalades, coulis, chutney's, pickles, relishes, pastes, vinegars and fortified wines. Whilst we have moved away from growing the fruit ourselves, everything is manufactured in our on-site factory, using an abundant array of fruits and vegetables, sourced from the Granite Belt area wherever possible.
The farm "shed" has undergone several transformations since the beginning, the latest being in 2009, with a brand new tasting/show room and extensions to seat up to 60 people inside, all opening up onto manicured gardens where our visitors can enjoy a delicious treat from our "Dessertery", including freshly made berry ice-creams, sorbet, sundaes, waffles and, on Winter weekends, our fresh blackberry & apple pies.