Noel Fitzpatrick has devoted much of his working life to horticulture in many forms and in 2007 planted 2 hectares of truffle inoculated oak trees on his South West Gippsland farm. Noel's aim was to establish an online retail and regional agri-tourism business. Nine years on and the farm is in its 3rd year of production, yielding intensely aromatic French Black truffles in the winter months. Fresh Seasonal Supply Truffles are harvested from late June until late August and Noel believes that 'fresh' is the only way to truly experience the unique aroma and flavour of black truffle. "My original idea was to make it easier for the 'home gourmet' to buy premium fresh truffles in season. Farmhouse Direct and attending Melbourne's farmers markets from late June until late August are the perfect ways to achieve this. "Truffles are also very easy to use. Creating a memorable dish is totally achievable even if you are a novice in the kitchen. Our clients are now eagerly anticipating and celebrating the relatively short season, often having truffle dinner parties during winter". An Interesting Journey The journey so far for Noel has been one of learning, travel and industry involvement. In 2007 Noel was awarded an International Specialised Skills institute Fellowship to study the European industry travelling to Italy, France and Spain to produce an educational report for the Australian industry. Noel has also spent time in USA and NZ attending and speaking at conferences, then visiting local farms. Noel continues to travel, study and keep up to date with the latest research and growing techniques. He has just launched a truffle growers educational website trufflegrowing.com. Future Plans Noel is currently adding the finishing touches to the renovation of the old dairy on the farm, which will soon operate as a space for a visitors tasting room, cooking school and industry education. Interactive truffle harvesting demonstrations will also be held from the 2016 season on. Truffle Education Noel is also available as an industry consultant for the development of new farms and regularly co-delivers growers seminars in regional areas.
We post every Wednesday throughout the season, for next day delivery (Express postcodes only) commencing the last Wednesday in June until the last Wednesday in August.
Orders for the week must be placedÂ by Tuesday 5.00pm for posting on Wednesday.Â
Any orders made after Tuesday will go into the following weeks orders.
If unsuitable weather conditions prohibit harvest, orders may be delayed. You will be contacted in these circumstances.
If a public holiday falls on a Monday then orders will be posted 1 day later (Thursday).
We post to Vic, SA, Qld, NSW & ACT (postcode must be in Australia Post's Express postcode network).
Orders are packed and posted in sealed foam containers with eco cold pads inside. This system is adequate for maintaining an appropriate temperature for the truffle for up to 36 hours.
Please note: If someone is not available to receive your order and place in refrigeration when delivered causing the parcel to be returned to the local post office, spoiling may occur due to extended time out of refrigeration. Truffle Harvest may not be held responsible or liable for any loss or damage under these circumstances.