A flaw in my families savings plan is our love of food! During the week we have creative menu's - trying food from different ethnicities or we try something for a week, such as; Low carb-high fat, Paleo, Vegetarian or what ever else tickles our fancy.
When hubby gets the weekend off the farm, we know our bank account is in for a work out!
People have the habit of forgetting about their local haunts and travelling to taste others so this week we tried a local cafe, just a 15 minute drive away towards Fairlie.
The Farm Barn is located on the corner of the Geraldine-Fairlie Highway (Hwy 79) and Mt Michael Road - right at the gateway to the Mackenzie. It is clearly sign posted and a perfect place to stop and soak up the harsh landscape.
When we arrived there were tables of people finishing their lunch and we got coffees to start with which were PERFECT (and we know our coffee)
There are many reasons why you should pop just out of your way for this wee gem. To keep this from being 3 pages long I'm going to list a few for easy reading.
- Locally owned and operated by a brilliant team of gorgeous, friendly girls
- A cozy large fireplace for the winter months with couches and catering to the season
- Child friendly. Plenty of room to run and play - inside AND out
- They stock the famous Fairlie Bakehouse pies from just down the road but in a larger, cafe setting.
- A shop full of stunning NZ merino and possum wear including brands such as - point6, NZ sourced merino crafted into beautifully made and designed socks in the US (www.point6.com)
- They cater at a well above average standard when it comes to allergies and intolerances such as dairy and gluten
- HEALTHY FOOD! - Yes! A cafe with beautiful hearty salads which I have found to be surprisingly difficult to find in the area. Pair them with a paleo standard ginger slice and you have a high fat, low carb, whole food, lunch!
Being a rural girl, I love the rural feel of the place. High ceilings with exposed beams, wooden floors, a huge fireplace, food displayed on wooden board and rustic cake decoration such as sticks of flowering rosemary and lemons tied with twine.
They also stock the VERY local ViBeri products - think blackcurrants rolled in the highest quality Belgium dark chocolate and 100% organic. Look at this packaging too - Only in New Zealand! (www.viberi.co.nz)
Now seeing as I'm living a sort of '80/20 Paleo lifestyle' I would usually go for a salad and a nut based slice - but today I tried the TimTam truffle. Extraordinary. Decadent, rich, caramelly, goodness coated in chocolate - can't go wrong with that really can you?
A feature that also proves the teams adaptability is allowing customers to call up with their orders so they are ready on the run - perfect for lunch on the run, or when the local stock truck is running fine on time.
To round our experience off, It was lovely and friendly with a really warm and inviting vibe to the place. We will certainly be making it a regular port of call and cant wait to see the upcoming changes to the colour scheme and product ranges.
Keep an eye on what is happening at the Farm Barn Cafe by 'liking' their page here
This weekend (Labour Weekend) There will be no 15% surcharge for the public holiday!