Our reputation as a food bowl has risen from the variety of food grown in our rich volcanic soil. Across the Region, menus sprout different ingredients from different growers. But if you really want a taste of ‘Bundy on a plate’, One Little Farm is the place to go.
There is no single special ingredient at this café and greengrocer. The so-called hero of the food they serve is the freshness. Owners Anthony and Kate Rehbein are farmers themselves. They know about produce, food production and the best way to let the natural flavour of food shine.
“That is the uniqueness of One Little Farm, that those micro herbs were actually grown by the owners of the business. And that lettuce farmer, I’ve spoken to him twice that week. The tomatoes are picked by me or a member of our team,” Anthony said.
“The tomato chutney you’ve had and the sauce that’s in our lasagne is actually made from my tomatoes. And that’s what makes it different.”
One Little Farm has a network of more than 50 farms that they buy from across the Bundaberg and Burnett Regions. Anthony visits them personally throughout the year. They sit at kitchen tables and talk all things farming. It’s much more than a simple sales transaction.
Matt Jarick from One Farm Fresh is one of those farmers. At his Pine Creek farm he grows seven varieties of lettuce, as well as herbs, rocket and spinach. You may not recognise the name, but you’ve likely eaten the hydroponically-grown leafy greens, which Matt supplies to about 40 local restaurants and cafes, as well as half-a-dozen supermarkets, spanning from Childers to Agnes Water.
“You really can’t get much fresher. Within 24 hours of us picking the lettuce it’s been delivered. And we do deliveries twice a week so our customers only have to order enough to last a few days,” Matt said.
Not only does One Little Farm use crops like Matt’s in their salads, savoury muffins, quiches and frittatas, they also stock the produce shelves with it, selling direct to the public.
It all adds to the unique experience of visiting One Little Farm in East Bundaberg. Sip their Cat’s Pyjamas coffee, select some hand-crafted art or gourmet condiments and packaged fine foods. Personally select a gorgeous array of fresh flowers, and have the team create a bouquet or posy just for you.
One Little Farm is at Millaquin Markets, Shop 3/133 Bargara Road, East Bundaberg. 07 4152 3322