Jonesy's flooded farm in Kerang, Victoria.
Where does your milk come from?
Well the weather has really given Australia a battering in the past few months or so. There were the devastating floods and cyclone Yasi in Queensland, ferocious bushfires in Western Australia, there were heat waves in Sydney and massive flooding in Victoria. It has been a terrifying time for many people and huge amounts of the population are experiencing varying degrees of hardship attributed to these natural disasters. Although we were thankfully safe and relatively dry here in Melbourne a number of our suppliers and associates bore the full brunt of nature's destruction. Banana crops were devastated in Queensland as were sugar plantations, these will take a massive effort and a long time before they are back up and running. This will also affect pricing of these products across the country. We are due to open our 'Sweet Studio' in March and have to factor all of these issues into our start up costing and plan. Here in Victoria, the flooding has crippled local producers and the knock on effect of supply, quality and pricing of fruit, vegetables and other items will be significant. Our fantastic supplier of milk and cream, Jonesy's, were unfortunately hit extremely hard in the recent rains. As you can see from the top picture, not too much is left of their main farm. Jonesy's produce fantastic dairy produce and pride themselves, rightly, on their superior milk and cream products including non-homogenised goods. The flavour is far superior to anything you can find in the supermarket and we wholeheartedly endorse buying these sorts of ingredients from local quality producers. Below is a message from the team at Jonesy's on the recent troubles and their plans to carry on trying to produce fantastic milk!
We hope you all understand the importance of local producers such as Jonesy's and try to support them wherever possible. Here at Burch & Purchese we will try, wherever possible to procure and promote, fine local produce and pass that on to our customers in 'Sweet Studio' in 2011. Our thoughts go out to all persons affected by floods, fires, cyclones and the rest here in Australia.
http://www.jonesysdairyfresh.com/index.html - Jonesy's Milk