Judges recently met to taste the top product nominees from their state in the From the Earth, From the Dairy, From the Paddock and From the Sea categories – for both primary and artisan producers.

Barham Avocados has been chosen as a finalist for the From the Earth category – for primary producer (Reed avocado) and artisan producer for Avo’ Oil.

Bundarra Berkshires Free Range Pork is a finalist in the From the Paddock category for primary producer (free-range Berkshire pork) and artisan producer (Berkshire handcrafted bacon).

The Koondrook Barham Farmers’ Market has also been named as a finalist in the Outstanding Farmers’ Market category.

Wakool Shire Council Mayor Cr Neil Gorey congratulated the local businesses and the Red Gum Food Group for reaching the finals of the national awards program.

“It is a fantastic achievement for Barham Avocados and Bundarra Berkshires Free Range Pork to reach the finals in their categories. This recognition is a real testament to the quality and commitment of these local businesses. It also signals a promising future for our primary
producers,” Cr Gorey said.

“It is also great to see the hard work and commitment of the Red Gum Food Group being acknowledged with the Koondrook Barham Farmers' Market reaching the finals in the Outstanding Farmers’ Market category.”

More than 3000 products were entered into the awards with 60 finalists for national judging.

This was narrowed down to 19 finalists following a produce tasting by the awards’ judges in Sydney.

Cr Gorey said it was outstanding to see local produce achieve recognition when being compared to other producers from around Australia on quality, environment and sustainability.

“Our community is proud of the achievements of our local producers and we wish them success in the final judging.”

The winners will be revealed in Sydney on Monday, 14 July.