Scenic Rim farmers seek public support to establish creamery

CREAMERY: Kay and Dave Tommerup are crowdfunding their dream to establish a mobile creamery. Photo: Supplied
CREAMERY: Kay and Dave Tommerup are crowdfunding their dream to establish a mobile creamery. Photo: Supplied

TOMMERUP’S dairy farm is determined to set up a mobile creamery in the Scenic Rim and will launch their crowdfunding campaign during Eat Local Week to help them realise their dream.

Kay Tommerup who runs the property with her husband Dave said the farm had narrowly missed out on a government grant because it did not meet all the criteria.

“They were really excited about the concept and wanted to help us but to be eligible we needed an annual turnover of $500,000,” she said.

“We ticked every other box apart from that half a million dollars.

“The only other option now is to take out a high interest loan and we can’t do that because every cent we make goes back into our cows.”

Ms Tommerup said the plan was to raise the $70,000 needed to establish a mobile creamery without going into debt.

“It will be like a food trailer and won’t be particularly focused on cheese because there is already a lot of choice out there for cow’s cheese,” she said.

“But there is not so much on offer in terms of local yoghurt, ice cream, butter and fresh cream so that’s what we want to provide – straight from the farm.”

Tommerup's will present their Moo to You and Farm to Fork events on June 30.

Tommerup's will present their Moo to You and Farm to Fork events on June 30.

Eat Local Farmgate Festival gives visitors a backstage pass to what happens behind the scenes on a dairy farm, and Tommerup’s will be hosting two events on June 30 from 7am at the Kerry Road farm.

“The earlier event is Moo to You which will include watching Dave milk the cows, a farm tour with me and a farmer’s feast breakfast with our own bacon and sausages, Norco produce and local eggs and chutneys,” Ms Tommerup said.

“We will also have pancakes and Norco cream for the kids.”

The 10am Farm to Fork experience will offer farm tours and feeding the animals.

“It will be a good chance to see the operation of our farm and how we run it,” Ms Tommerup said.

She said visitors would also be able to see the family homestead, which was built in 1888 as the first sawn timber home in the district and was still standing strong.