IF YOU are looking for a great place to spend this weekend, why not head out to Cohuna and join in the fun of Cohuna Unlocked.
All about celebrating the town’s secret treasures, the weekend includes great food and a chance to explore the diverse range of farming enterprises, from a large scale dairy farm to paddock-to-plate operations.
And in a fun twist, the town will launch its ‘Keys to Cohuna’ initiative which follows in the footsteps of Triple J’s Veronica and Lewis, who had to fulfil a series of challenges to gain the keys to Cohuna.
Once the keys are obtained, the holder will have access to discounts and incentives from local business.
The weekend kicks off with a Friday Night Chill at Factory and Field Waffles with entertainment by Tyler Hudson.
On Saturday drop into the Gateway to Gannawarra Visitor Centre between 10am and 2pm to collect your challenge brochure for your chance to win those keys to the town.
The Market on the Move gets underway on Sunday with seven diverse farming operations opening their gates and farms to the public. Each property will host local stall holders, but remember these are working farms and visitors must remain in designated areas and children must be supervised at all times.
Mal and Vicki Johnson, from Johnson’s Art, like to create items using recycled materials including hay band for baskets, old tiles for mosaics, fence droppers for boot holders, old ploughs for fire pits along with other interesting artworks.
Stall holder includes Tuesday Junction Art and Wild Crafted Oils.
Open 11am-3pm, 83 Foster’s Rd, McMillians.
Windella Farm is the only commercial goat dairy in the district, producing stud animals for commercial milking operations and a range of natural, handmade goats milk soap, bath and body products. Stalls include Windella, Lyndsey Quinlan scented candles and Lynne Wells succulent garden art and string ball succulents.
Open from 9am-1pm, 307 Kervins Rd, Cohuna.
Elm Tree Nursery is a delightful place to visit, just 6km from the centre of town. The nursery is home to a diverse range of healthy trees, shrubs and cottage plants for sale along with a great range of pots amongst a beautiful country styled garden. Stalls include Textures by Tyler and Tiarnah Shepard’s metal art.
Open 9am-5pm, 107 Danahers Rd, Cohuna
Haybrook Farm is an opportunity to explore and learn about a 400-cow commercial dairy farm. Meet some of our baby calves, view the milking process and purchase some yummy local produce from a variety of visiting stall holders including The Good Meat Co local meat and small goods, Pepi’s Homemade Ice-cream, Bald Rock Pork, 15 Acres Farm Cooper and Bailey Taylor’s eggs and garden compost and red gum firewood kindling.
Open 10am-4pm (milking time 3pm-4pm), market on the move stalls 11am-3pm, 5731 Murray Valley Hwy, Cohuna.
Shukura Park Farm is a family operated, small boutique regenerative farm focused on providing fresh, sustainable and ethically grown produce. Featuring free range sheep, heritage chickens, ducks, turkeys, pigs and beef, a huge organic vegetable garden and fruit orchard. Preserves, jams, cordials and baked goods are seasonally available.
Stalls include Shukura Park Farm Produce, Barton’s Honey, the Milkshake Bar, Cohuna Rocks activities by Sally Bently and face painting by Margaret of Fairy Dust and Angel Wings.
Farmyard tour from 10am (feed the animals), 6092 Murray Valley Hwy, Cohuna.
Bowkett Park is a new business offering horse and pony rides, lessons, trail rides, horse agistment and overnight camps. Excited to be participating, it is offering express pony/horse rides for all ages for only $5 per ride.
Open 9am-4pm, 10 Drydens Rd, McMillan
Horse riding bookings not essential but appreciated on 0429 920 957.