Richard Hawkes is a huge supporter of agri-tourism, which he first experienced in Canada while completing his agricultural science degree. Hawkes Farm grows a range of vegetables, especially potatoes, and the family opened a farmgate store to sell direct to local people. Richard invited other Boneo growers to supply a wider range of fruit and vegetables, and his market now includes Melbournians who’ll take a trip to the Peninsula to buy freshly picked produce at very low prices. The farm store has also proven to be an excellent testing ground for new products, which the Hawkes family can trial with customers before scaling up for the market.
Boneo, Mornington Racecourse, Red Hill, Portsea Stockists: Farm StoreFarmgate: YES Markets: