Each month, Junction is proud to introduce you to one of our regional artisans – a special group of people who contribute to the produce and crafted beverages that we offer at Junction. This month we are very excited to showcase our premium Zucchini flower providers, Crossies ‘Cados. Andrew Crossman heads up this business, Crossies ‘Cados is a boutique avocado orchard based on a fourth generation farm in Torrumbarry, right on the Murray River. Not only does he supply us with the most amazing produce, him and his wife Sarah hand deliver! We love seeing them each week and having a chat.
We were able to steal some time from their busy schedule to ask them a few questions.
How long has Crossies ‘Cados been operating?
Our first plantation was put in 10 years ago. And we have been operating as Crossies ‘Cados for 6 years.
How did Crossies ‘Cados get started? What was the inspiration?
Grandfather was an orchardist in Doncaster. As a young child I loved trees in general and always helped my Grandfather in the veggie garden and with pruning trees.
Other than playing tennis as a young adult my only other interest was trees.
When I stopped playing tennis I did my nursery apprenticeshipand started cultivating citrus trees.
From there I wanted to diversify into something that could keep me on the farm but away from traditional milking or sheep.
Avocados was something grown in the Sunraysia area and decided to give them a try.
They were a niche market and weren’t grown around here, so I saw my opportunity.
Why zucchini flowers and avocados?
Avocados – a niche market and new to our area.
Flowers were another seasonal crop we could grow to supplement the avocado business as it became established.
Is there a specific product that you are fond of from your business?
Avocados and zucchini flowers but on a smaller scale the diverse range of product we can have from the farm.
e.g. plums, peaches, pumpkins, figs, corn. Plenty to keep us busy.
What’s your number one tip for the ultimate fresh food experience?
Coming out to the farm in January-February and pick your own fruit, eat it fresh off the tree!
Where would you take a visitor for an essential country food experience?
Local eatery that stocks local produce. Support the local farmer.
If you could visit any city for a day’s eating and drinking experience, where would it be and why?
Italy for the fresh pasta and so many varieties of dishes.
What other local artisans or producers do you admire? Why?
IG’s FIGS for having a go at a premium product in their retirement.
If you had to choose your last meal, what would it be?
Best watermelon on a very hot day!