IF you followed your nose past the usual hot dog stands and quick snacks at the Henty Field Days these past few days, your tastebuds would surely have thanked you.
Tucked away at the far southern end of the site was the Farm Gate Produce pavilion in its third year.
It has grown from the handful of stalls it started with to a rich display of more than 20 local producers showcasing their wares: cheese, jams and preserves, nuts and spices, wines and ciders, cakes and treats.
Among them was Wendy Cleve, of Tocumwal, selling a range of home-made biscuits, Christmas cakes, jams and pickles.
She was quick to take up the chance to set up shop when the idea was first touted three years ago.
“It was a bit more farmer-based back then and this was the end of the line,” she said, gesturing to the door behind her.
“Now there’s all these extra sites behind us, a lot more people... it’s rather good to get about.”
Mrs Cleve makes all her produce from scratch, using all regionally- or Australian-sourced fruits.
“If I don’t grow it, I know someone who does,” she quips.
The tent, she said, was a natural addition to the field days – a way to showcase the fruits of farmers’ labours, so to speak.
Punters Neil Rowe and Susie Wait agree.
“I’m gonna go back in for some beef jerky,” said Mr Rowe, as he tucked into a plate of freshly-made paella (with one of Mrs Cleve’s chocolate brownies stashed away for dessert).
Ms Wait said the tent was a welcome addition but organisers should advertise it better.
“They need to put it out there a lot more, because at the end of the day they’re ultimately showcasing the local produce,” she said.