A move to diversify business and open up their own creamery has paid big dividends for Scenic Rim farmers Kay and Dave Tommerup.
The sixth generation farmers have won big in this year's Delicious Harvey Norman Produce Awards after their Jersey Girl crème fraiche was declared a state winner in the dairy category.
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Kay Tommerup said the family were proud to be recognised for their premium product after transitioning towards artisan produce.
"Producing the highest quality products has always been our priority and we are so proud to have that recognised through the delicious Harvey Norman Produce Awards," she said.
"We're incredibly proud that amazing chefs want to use our products, boutique stores want to stock our products, and our customers value the love and effort that goes into producing them."
Citing the changing climate in the dairy industry and the worst drought in memory Ms Tommerup said she was thankful customers followed their transition towards artisan produce.
"We are a small family farm, using traditional methods to create products, so it does present its own challenges, but it allows us to be part of every stage of the process and allows us to create high quality, artisan dairy products.
"We appreciate the understanding and support from our customers, and the chefs we work with, who are happy to accommodate our small-scale production. They see the value in our farming and artisan practices."
Tommerup's Dairy Farm's Jersey Girl crème fraiche and other dairy products are available at The Stores in West End, directly through their Tommerup's Dairy Farm Larder and is used by a range of high profile Queensland chefs.
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