Cradle Country Farm is located within the sleepy hamlet of Lower Barrington on the pristine North West highlands of Tasmania, known as Cradle Country. Boasting the cleanest air in the world, with its rich volcanic soil and its climate that resembles the south of France, it is no wonder the region is reputed for the amazing aroma and excellent quality of its French black (Perigord) truffles. As well as a high demand for our quality truffles to many local markets, Cradle Country Farm is situated only 15 minutes from Devonport’s sea and airports allowing us to easily transport our truffles both nationally and internationally.
Situated on the gentle north-eastern facing slopes of Cradle Country Farm, the boutique Truffiere was planted in 2007 with Quercus Robur, the deciduous English oak and Hazelnuts. Recently, we have expanded the Truffiere to include Quercus Ilex or Hollyoak – an evergreen oak so named because the leaf resembles the Christmas Holly bush. Each tree is inoculated as a seedling and the French black truffle, which is the fruiting body of the fungus, Tuber Melanosporum, grows in a symbiotic relationship with the trees. Like all properties some trees produce more frequently and more prolifically than others and within the industry, there is still much to learn about how best to grow and reap more of this elusive and highly sought after harvest.
The truffles which are formed in the top 20 cm of the soil are harvested manually and personally graded by Jennifer. Harvesters bring in their amazing truffle hunting dogs during our busy winter season. Chicken, our wonderful Border terrier is now fully trained and we all agree he is the best farm dog in the world. We have recently commenced training Cradle Country Farm's newest addition Toby, the world renowned truffle hunting dog Lagotto Romagnolo. Each week during June, July and August, our harvesters and their wonderful team of truffle hunting dogs visit Cradle Country Farm to dig up our black diamonds. It is like having Christmas every week.