Host: Mike Whitney
For all those wanting a real taste of the rural life, and to fill a basket with healthy goodness straight out of the ground, all aboard TCP Farmgate Tours.
Experience for yourself the bountiful array of fruits, vegetables and gourmet foods - country goodness right on Sydney's door step. On a TCP Farmgate Tour you can buy fruit, vegetables, honey, cheese, eggs and meats directly from the person who produced it. Your basket will be overflowing with delicious tasty food that you and your family will enjoy - produce that was picked fresh that morning. This Penrith/Nepean tour is an eye opener for all things rural, and the produce is fresh from that morning.
The first stop gets the taste buds jumping at The Honey Shed at Luddenham. Owners Steve and Genevieve Craig not only make honey products, they keep the bees. They extract a whopping 25 tonne of honey a year, and you’re invited to take some with you.
At Michael Galea’s Llandilo Eggs you get to see real ‘barn laid’ egg producers at work, and the 40000 chooks producing a whopping 20000 eggs a day!
Then enjoy the ride to Richmond to a fair dinkum veggie farm. Charmaine and David run Bugeja Riverview Produce, where some ground crops, and the hydroponic lettuces will have your basket busting at the seams.
Just when you thought your rural fresh produce experience was nearing an end, Montecatini Specialty Smallgoods will have you salivating with a whole heap of delicious pork products made on site by owner Roland Melosi and his son Giovanni. Don’t’ miss the drying room and the smoke room where the best Chorizo you’ll ever taste, is made fresh. This is a tour with everything.
TCP Farmgate Tours
Sydney Weekender, hosted by Mike Whitney, is now in its 24th year!
Travelling around the city and throughout the length & breadth of the state, each episode investigates the best places to stay, eat and play so you can make the most of your weekend.
After retiring from international cricket, Mike first appeared on Sydney Weekender back in 1994, and since then has loved every minute of it.
Over the years, Mike has hosted Sydney Weekender from all over New South Wales; from Eden in the south, to Tibooburra in the far northwest of the state.
One of Mike's favourite moments was when he had the chance to fly in a fully restored De Havilland Vampire fighter jet at the Temora Aviation Museum. "The pilot opened the throttle and sent the Vampire vertical," he says, "It was such a blast - the whole time I was thinking - I've got the best job in the world."
Sydney Weekender is on every Sunday at 5.30pm on the Seven Network in Sydney, and across N.S.W. & the A.C.T. on the PRIME Network. It's repeated a week later on 7TWO.
We're also on 7TWO on Saturdays - Please check your local guide for times.