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TAS Country : December 2nd 2010
mber 3, 2010 17 PATIENCE: Malcolm shows gooseberries only half grown ry sweet place to grow PROTECTED: Wolfe Brothers family farm at Nieka in the foothills of Mount Wellington. The brothers' grandparents George And Ruth Wolfe 'We don't play golf and we don't go to the pub. It was our customers who wanted us to keep it going, and we have.' BUSY: A bee hard at work on the Wolfes flowering raspberries. bark hut and a tent and lived here for 8 weeks to get a feel for the area, which way the wind came, where the weather came from,'' Tony said. ''This hill is totally protected. It's a natural food bowl because all the sun comes around and into the valley.'' George pioneered the valley of virgin bush and massive trees, clearing and cutting up logs as big as house before settling with his wife Ruth Emily, Tony said. ''One just lay there for a hundred years that was used as a fence, it was so high you couldn't over it,'' he said. The men still have memories of sitting on their grandfathers knee. ''He had colourful language we believe,'' Malcolm said. ''Grandfather used to grow about 50t of fruit in his heyday in the 20s. ''All these hills were full of small fruits all worked by hand. Absolutely unbelievable.'' Abandoned fruit cottages still stand in the paddocks on the Wolfe farm. All the fruit pickers cottages were once filled with families and there was a game of cricket held every night. ''The half case tomato case was just the perfect for stumps,'' Tony said. It is reputed that George made jams before Henry Jones did, he said. ''A bloke called Jones visited the farm and found this man called George making his own jams, went away and had a bit of a thought and some years later up sprang Henry Jones who bought everybody's fruit and made jams,'' Tony said. ''This is what grandfather said.'' Malcolm and Tony's dad Curley Wolfe's first love was music and he continued to farm berries. Curley Wolfe's orchestra toured country halls and pubs with the two young boys in tow. ''My father taught my mother how to play the piano and for 40 years they toured,'' Tony said. ''They played at Moogara hall. We got taken around to all the dances.'' ''My mother used to put me in the black drum box and stick me at the back of the stage.'' Malcolm's sons have continued the family music tradition with their country and western band The Wolfe Brothers. The Wolfe men have 2ha under berries and sell everything that they grow. ''We are putting in more tanks to capture as much water from the heavens without relying on the creek,'' Malcolm said. The brothers are starting to wonder how long they will keep going. ''I don't believe that many people would grow as many varieties that we do,'' Malcolm said. ''Our prices are cheap compared to supermarket. ''It's a labour of love. We love seeing our customers.''
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