One of the Mid-North Coast’s best known tourist attractions has been sold.
Ray and Jo Scott spent 22 years developing and working the Lorne Valley Macadamia Farm, and are now delighted to have sold the property to John Bell and Angie Morley.
The 50 acre property is bounded by the Camden Haven River, and is about 13 kilometres west of Kendall.
Over time the macadamia orchard was expanded to 1400 trees, a new dehusking shed was built, and the tea room was developed into a 55 seat café.
Ray and Jo would like to thank their regular and loyal customers, their family, and the wonderful staff that they have employed over the years, and credit them with their success. They would also like to wish the new owners good fortune and happiness as they start their new venture together.
Originally a Port Macquarie local, John has returned to the area after 30 years living and working in Cowra. Angie is a well- known local teacher at Camden Haven High School.
John and Angie say they will continue to produce the much-loved range of flavoured roasted nuts, macadamia oil and macadamia butter, as well as opening the café to group bookings and tours by appointment; with guided tours of the orchard and processing shed helping visitors gain a better understanding of the industry.
They are also planning to reopen the café during 2018.
With a growing season starting early Spring, the nuts are machine harvested from the ground between April and October the following year. Once collected they are taken to the shed for the first stage of processing. The nuts are dehusked, checked for quality and then dried in fan-forced silos.
The nuts are then transported to Macksville for final sorting and processing by Nambucca Macnuts Co-operative.
Lorne Valley Macadamia products are available at selected outlets around the Port Macquarie region, and the new owners are likely to continue Ray’s tradition of attending many of the local markets.