Food Heroes: John and Jan Angas
A visit to Hutton Vale in the Barossa’s Eden Valley is an occasion to savour the rhythms of nature and the reality of sustainable farming. Part of the original holdings of George Fife Angas, a prominent original settler in the region, the land has been part of the Angas family mixed farming business since 1843. John and wife Jan consider themselves to be the current custodians.
The Product John and Jan oversee a vibrant mixed farm that includes lamb production, vineyards, an artisan range of condiments and an artisan wine label.
Their philosophy of sustainable farming dictates a deliberately small-scale operation and their lamb is maintained as a closed flock, with all born on the farm and grazed on natural pasture in a no-stress regime with low stocking rates.
This attitude extends into all their endeavours, including the resurrection and use of century-old buildings to house their cellar door and Farm Follies kitchen where their range of condiments are made.
Tracing the Hands - The Farm Follies label started in 1990 with a wonderful crop of pears in quantities beyond family consumption. Rather than waste them, they made chutney, bottled, dried and pickled pears. They continue with a range of chutneys, handmade in small batches.
Why Barossa - John and Jan are fiercely protective of the region, its agrarian way of life and its community. Both are active in a wide range of community pursuits – among other interests, John is a Barossa Councillor and Jan is chairman of Food Barossa.
Availability - Hutton Vale Lamb at Barossa Farmers Market; Farm Follies Condiments – Barossa Farmers Market, Barossa retail outlets and cellar doors; Hutton Vale Wine – at the cellar door (by appointment)