I’d seen it on instagram, read it in Gourmet Traveller and heard it from friends – Matt and I only had a few days in Byron Bay, but we weren’t leaving without going to The Farm.
The Farm Byron Bay is an 80 acre working farm, with crops and livestock and a big vision. Their motto is “Grow, Feed, Educate” and they are big on sustainability, community and feeling closer to your food.
The onsite restaurant, Three Blue Ducks, fulfils the “feed” part of that promise, sourcing as much as they can from The Farm, buying local for everything else and serving up delicious seasonal dishes for breakfast, lunch (everyday of the week) and dinner (Friday to Sunday).
Matt and I went for a leisurely breakfast on our last morning in Byron and were not disappointed. I had the most delicious porridge with toasted coconut, rhubarb and berries, and Matt enjoyed the baked eggs. Being a seasonal menu, it has since changed so you can’t have what we had, but I’m confident that anything that comes out of that kitchen would be pretty damn good.
When it comes to drinks, their coffee is great, they have a couple of different juices on offer each day and if you’re up for a boozy brunch, they serve alcohol from 10am onwards. Perfect.
Three Blue Ducks also runs The Produce Store out front, stocking fresh produce straight from The Farm and the local region. There are also a number of other micro-businesses that make a visit to The Farm all the more worthwhile. There is a florist onsite, regular yoga classes and permaculture courses on offer.
Then there is the smell of freshly baked bread from The Bread Social that greets you as you enter The Produce Store. It’s an artisan bakehouse selling freshly baked goods everyday, from loaves of organic sourdough to delicious buttery pastries. I tried to convince Matt we needed some pastries for the road, but his self control won out.
If you’re ever in Byron Bay, or just passing through, a visit to The Farm should be at the top of your list. Find them at 11 Ewingsdale Road in Ewingsdale just outside Byron, and on facebook and instagram.
– Bec x