Kay and Dave Tommerup run Tommerup’s Dairy Farm and Farmstay.
Dave is a sixth-generation dairy farmer and together this husband and wife duo work the Kerry farm which has been in the Tommerup family since the 1880s.
The Tommerup’s milk is sent to Norco, a farmer-owned co-operative focused on making sustainable returns to farmers.
Kay and Dave regularly open their farm to visitors in a bid to break down the city-country divide and to share their piece of paradise with others. They have restored two historic properties on the farm and offer them to visitors who wish to linger longer.
The Mother’s Day event is a relaxed day on the farm where visitors can pre-order picnic hampers, meet the local farm menagerie, help feed the calves, browse the market stalls and enjoy a day in the country.
The Wild Canary Long Table Lunch is a popular, all-day event which features a four-course lunch by Wild Canary head chef Glenn Barrett. The Tommerup’s will have a selection of their products available at both days, including their heritage pork, sausages, ham, milk, cheese and cream from their new creamery, which will be launched on the day. Tommerup’s Creamery will be the only on-farm creamery in Queensland producing buttermilk and cultured butter exclusively from their own herd.
We asked Kay and Dave to share their local tips for the best places to eat, drink and enjoy the views in the Scenic Rim.
Kay’s favourite Scenic Rim place to eat is …
Right now I’m loving a quick afternoon tea visit to VK Everydays Cafe in Beaudesert. Their lemon and ginger cheesecake is my weakness and there’s always a smiling face and a warm welcome to be had. I love that they support local producers and are working hard to showcase the amazing variety of quality products and produce we have in the Scenic Rim.
Our Favourite Scenic Rim drink …
We love making a Bunjurgen Estate Verjuice with sparkling water. It’s a nice way to celebrate with friends when you want something special but not alcoholic. The Picnic Bubbles from O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard go beautifully with our picnic hampers which feature our own charcuterie and delicious Scenic Rim goodies. It’s a favourite with our farm stay guests.
Our favourite place for a coffee in the Scenic Rim …
Actually our drink of choice is a milkshake (no surprises there…) and BeanTo in Beaudesert make a great milkshake. Not only do they use Norco milk, but the flavour is spot on. The retro décor makes it a lovely spot to take a break.
What we love about the Scenic Rim ….
There’s such variety throughout the region. Whether it be the landscape, the people, the history or the food, there’s really something for everyone. You can drive to a different part of the region and feel like you’re in a completely different geographical place. It’s so diverse.
Our favourite Scenic Rim view is …
There are so many that could be on this list but our favourite is definitely looking from our picnic paddock up to the Lost World and the Border Ranges beyond. The mountains often have a beautiful blue hue about them. There’s something about that view that’s just so relaxing. It’s easy to see why our guests are happy to while away the hours there.
Dave’s favourite SR walk is …
While I do plenty of walking on the farm, I don’t get a lot of time for walking as a hobby. I really enjoyed doing the Stinson walk a couple of years ago. My grandfather was part of the rescue team that carried out the survivors of the Stinson crash over 80 years ago. My son, Harry, and I walked the track for Harry’s 18th birthday and it held special meaning for both of us. It’s not an easy walk but very rewarding to reach the crash site and think about the history of those who were part of that rescue mission.
Why the Scenic Rim is such a great place for farming …
This area has beautiful alluvial soil and good access to water, most of the time. The growth of the Eat Local movement in our region has created opportunities for farmers to place a higher value on their product; a more realistic and sustainable value. We love being part of the farmers/producers network and the camaraderie established through the introduction of Eat Local Week in the Scenic Rim. There’s so much history over generations of farmers throughout the region, it’s a privilege to continue the family tradition here. The view from our ‘office’ is none too shabby either!