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NRF Member Stories
Meet some of our NRF members – the people, producers, farmers, distillers, growers, food manufacturers behind the brands and hear their stories.

Mullumbimby Farmers Market

  During 2022 NRF offered assistance to our members to help develop and share their stories.  It began as a series of workshops, and included help to develop a storyboard and script which was produced by our friends Mos & Co. After postponements due to lockdowns, floods and other extreme events we are proud to showcase the first of these member stories which we will share over the next few months. Our second clip features Mullum Farmers Markets and our stallholders members. It showcases the fabulous Mullumbimby Farmers Markets, focusing on our friends…

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The Kind Coffee Co

  During 2022 NRF offered assistance to our members to help develop and share their stories.  It began as a series of workshops, and included help to develop a storyboard and script which was produced by our friends Mos & Co. After postponements due to lockdowns, floods and other extreme events we are proud to showcase the first of these member stories which we will share over the next few months. Up first we are showcasing The Kind Coffee Co.  The Kind Coffee Co have facilities situated along the Tweed River and are dedicated to…

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Our Cow

Our Cow is a 100% grass fed, grass finished and organic meat delivery service, founded by Beef Cattle Farmers Dave & Bianca from Baryulgil, NSW. What started as a way of keeping their own farm afloat after drought & bushfires in 2019, has grown into a thriving business supporting hundreds of farming families, and delivering to thousands of households across Australia. Our Cow’s mission is to make a change in the food system, offering a stable and consistent market for farmers away from the volatility of the saleyard, and give…

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Carl Willuweit & Jess Dressler, Byron Bush Food

Byron Bush Food comes from our family farm nestled in the Byron Hinterland – home to the Bundjalung nation. As caretakers of this beautiful land we’ve dedicated ourselves to continuing the natural practices undertaken before us, and honouring mother nature for what she provides. Our land is made up of a beautiful one acre Davidson plum orchard, surrounded by lemon myrtle trees, aniseed myrtle, native citrus, atherton almonds and a regenerated rainforest – a project we are passionate about.   We’re Jess & Carl and together with our two boys…

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Mark’s Gourmet Pies

Mark Bellman was a baker for many years, operating a pie shop in Lismore before moving into the construction industry. This was until the pandemic hit in 2020 and Mark faced a long period of career uncertainty and decided to swap his tools for a spatula to bake and deliver gourmet pies to friends and family. Fast forward nearly two years, and a period of juggling both jobs and Mark’s Gourmet Pies is now an established and much-loved local business. Operating solo from his home commercial kitchen in Tregeagle he…

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NRF Members Thank Pam Brook, Founding Chair NRF

We have so much to be grateful for with Pam, she has put in a huge effort to get NRF to where it is today. We recently put together a “Thank you Pam” video from all of us in the Northern Rivers Food community.  Watch it and weep!    

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Rebecca Barnes, Playing With Fire Native Foods

Rebecca Barnes heads up Playing with Fire Native Foods, a local Northern Rivers NSW company that is working hard to promote the virtues of our amazing Australian native food industry. She hasn’t always worked in the food industry – originally, she worked in the insurance industry but was looking for a career change that was a little more family friendly. Rebecca moved to the Northern Rivers NSW region back in 1996.  She found inspiration one day when wandering through the bush with a friend and discovered the delights of native…

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Dilectio Gourmet

If you have overindulged over the festive period and are now exploring having a more plants-based diet we encourage you to check out the range of gourmet cheeses from Dilectio Gourmet. At Dilectio they dream of cheese and dream of a world where our cheese indulgence doesn’t have to cost the earth. Welcome to the exquisitely delicious world of Dilectio… where wonderful things can happen. Founders, Mark & Marie, were vegans that struggled to give up the dream of cheese, they missed the taste, texture and indulgence and couldn’t find…

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Winding Road Distilling Co.

Winding Road Distilling Co. was born from a love for unique spirits, a curious nature, and a strong sense of adventure. Owners Camille & Mark Awad had a dream to build their own craft spirits distillery. This dream grew into something more after a casual conversation on a warm summer’s evening at Lake Ainsworth in 2015. With a love for unique whiskies, rums, and gins; the idea took hold as they reflected upon what our region has to offer. Not being ones to shy away from a challenge or something…

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Nicholson Fine Foods

Peter Nicholson began his career in Hobart, completing his chef’s apprenticeship before moving to Melbourne where he became famous for his souffles, this being the ‘80s it was Peter’s signature dish. Working up to Executive Chef Peter began to see the sun setting on his cooking career, while still possessing a great love of food and knowing he was good at it he didn’t want to leave the industry completely. A degree in food technology and small business management was the solution. Driving from Melbourne to visit his mother on…

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Barefoot Farms

Barefoot Farm is the story of Ash and Matt – two chefs with a shared paddock to plate passion who became regenerative farmers, café owners and value adders and then pivoted their business in the global pandemic with success. Their story Ash and Matt started their farming story together while living in an old bus near Nimbin. Following organic farming principles, they grew a wide range of fruits and vegetables on a small one-acre market garden. They grew their produce and crafted it into delicious dips, pickles, sauces and spreads…

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Frida’s Field

Frida’s Field is a paddock-to-plate eatery set on a 120 acre farm just 10 minutes from Bangalow in the Byron Bay Hinterland. It’s owned and operated by Edward Rawlings and Jeanie Wylie, who live on-site with their three young children. Their three long lunches per week are carefully curated by award- winning chef Alastair Waddell to celebrate the seasons, their ecological farming practices, and the amazing produce of the Northern Rivers region. Rawlings and Wylie are striving to transform their property from a blank canvas into a productive farm using…

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NRF 10 year anniversary

Northern Rivers Food (NRF) is proud to be the first independently funded regional food industry body in Australia. NRF became incorporated in late 2011 and is now funded by its members with support from sponsors and partners. To celebrate this ten-year milestone we put together this video to pay homage to the last ten years of food trends and our amazing local producers.  

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