Take any strong flavour from your childhood, and you’ll likely remember vividly a time and place when you ate it. For Richard Clark, a favourite memory is the sweet, tangy fruit of the Willamette raspberries grown on his parents’ farm.

“We still grow the Willamette raspberries, and also White Bud blackcurrants,” said Richard, who now works as the harvest manager on the farm where his parents first planted raspberries in the mid 1990s. “This variety of blackcurrants grown anywhere else in the world and they have a unique tang that you don’t get from any other variety of the fruit.”

It’s a uniquely refreshing flavour that can be found in the Cascade raspberry and Ultra-C blackcurrant drinks. Thanks to a recently announced, three-year fruit supply deal, the flavour of the fruit grown on Clark family farm will be enjoyed all over Australia.

A Family Affair

Over the years the Clark’s farm has grown and the family now produces more than 200,000kgs of fruit across 80 acres, with plots located in New Norfolk on the banks of the Derwent River, and at Westerway, on the Tyenna River.

“Mum and Dad still work here, my brother Thomas is the farm manager, I’ve got cousins who drive harvesters, and my uncles and aunts are here too,” said Richard. “Everyone is involved in one way or another. ”

All Hands on Deck

During picking season the numbers of workers on the farm swells from 10 to 120, as all hands are brought on deck to bring in and sort the harvest. Some of the seasonal staff have returned year after year over the decades, some are backpackers on a working holiday, and some are recently-arrived refugees from countries like Sudan, Afghanistan and Nepal.

“It’s such a diverse workforce in picking season, and it’s great to see people come back year after year, but it’s also really wonderful to give people their first job in Australia,” said Clark. “We all work really hard over the summer, but it’s a beautiful place to be for everyone who’s here.”