The local weather continues to confound the local truffle growers, pushing back the harvest dates. The increased warmth of the past week has significantly increased the 100 mm below ground temperatures from 5 degrees C to 10 degrees at Blue Frog Farm. The heavy rain of the past weeks, combined with increased temperatures may also add to the increased chance of rot in the truffle, another truffle farmers nightmare. Blue Frog will begin searching over the coming weekend with fingers crossed for mature and aromatic truffle.
The truffle season in the Canberra region is dragging its feet due to the unseasonably warm start to winter. Ground temperatures (we measure that at 100mm depth) were at 15 degrees C at the beginning of May but have dropped over the past weeks and are now down to about 8 degrees. Would be good to see them down to 5. We will start harvesting 12 June.
A search of the Bluefrog truffle field indicates a promising start to the 2016 truffle season, with indications of truffle activity pushing up below the surface. The unusually hot summer required vigilance in irrigating to prevent the loss of newly fruited truffle and the warmth of the autumn could mean a late season start, should it continue. The cold nights and milder days of late are very promising. Truffle are like any other agricultural crop and subject to the pressures of the climate
We look forward to seeing you all at the Bluefrog truffle hunts.
Blue Frog Truffle farm would like to thank its many clients and friends for their continued support through the 2015 season and we look forward to seeing you all again during the 2016 harvest beginning in June. The Canberra and Region Truffle Festival will again commence during the weekend of the winter solstice in late June.
If you have any queries in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Local growers are gearing up for the 2015 Truffle Festival and looking forward to another good season.
Unfortunately, from 2015 Blue Frog is harvesting mid week and will not be conducting hunts for the public as part of the Festival. If you are seeking a truffle hunt experience, please refer to the Festival Website for other opportunities. You patronage in the past has been most appreciated.
We will, however, conduct pre-booked hunts for groups (20 +) for larger clients and will always welcome local chefs and their staff to visit and learn about this new and emerging local industry and the subtleties of growing, harvesting and preparing truffles.
Enjoy the Festival and please come and buy some truffle.
We were fortunate enough to have DK and Yvn come on one of our hunts and they’ve written all about it on their Excuse Me Waiter blog. Read all about it: Blue Frog Farm Truffle Hunt – Canberra Truffle Festival
What a great day for everyone with reasonable weather (it is winter!) and plenty of truffle to be found by the dogs. After a brief introduction to truffles and their host trees, the hunting dog handler Jayson Mesman explained the activities of the dogs and how they operate to detect and mark mature truffle. The hunt was launched and many beautifully ripe truffles were lifted from the ground. Back to the warmth of the processing room, and while the truffles were being washed, key points of the nature of truffles and the Australian industry were covered in a brief slide presentation before truffle snacks were served to all. The food comprised tastings of leek, potato and parsnip soup, crusty bread with truffle butter, triffle brie truffled cheese, a chocolate mousse and a white chocolate pana cotta, all with lashings of truffle. Delicious! Can’t promise it will be the same very week, but it will be good!
The 2014 Truffle Season promises to be bigger and better than ever with increasing regional production and an increasing interest in the regional Festival. The Festival has a new Patron, famous Italian Chef Antonio Carluccio, visiting in July and many new venues in Canberra and the regional towns with truffles on the menu. There are many other truffle-related activities going on in and around Canberra and the region – all the details are available on the Truffle Festival website.
We will be running regular truffle hunts at Blue Frog Truffles and the schedule will be posted shortly. If you’d like to come to Blue Frog Truffles for a truffle hunt, please book via the Truffle Hunts page.