Born in Sri Lanka and somewhat of a world traveller Rosie fell in love with Addy and settled on Phillip Island with him in 2002. A hard-working lady of many talents Rosie saw herself the vision that Omaru could offer and has developed the farm and its produce beyond the vision of her late husband. Hard-working, Rosie spends lengthy hours tenderly preparing all her pickled produce by hand and bottles them all herself. It is not uncommon for Rosie to put in an 18 hour day working hard, maintaining the farm and additionally keeping up with orders and stock of her produce. She is a starring example of an immigrant to Australia who has contributed much and worked hard. The local community and visitors, from so far as overseas flock to the Farm House store to savour the unique tastes that she has produced.
The organically made, homegrown produce from the store smacks of flavour and the fresh vegetables (in season) are flavoursome and free from pesticides offering optimal nourishment.
History of the farm
Purchased in the early 1980’s as a beef growing farm by Swiss immigrant Addy Maurer, the farm was a long-term vision of peace and tranquility on the beautiful Phillip Island. Addy structured the farm along the lines of his homeland with small paddocks and laneways in-between for easy access when shifting stock. To add to the income of the farm, OMARU, named after the aboriginal word for a “beautiful view” Addy established an olive grove in 1996 with the planting of 350 trees. This grove has matured and contributed greatly to the income of the farm, complementing the beef cattle. Addy passed away leaving his present wife, Rosie in charge of the farm to which she has done an amazing job of further expanding the farm with over 300 free-range chickens producing beautiful eggs that are sought by many so far as Melbourne. Rosie also maintains an organic garden and sells fresh vegetables as well as lending her skills to pickled vegetables, skills that she has acquired since being on the farm by herself. Honey is also available from the “Farm Store” established seven years ago and now formally constructed at the homestead. The farm has magnificent views over Western Port and the Nobbies area with pristine pastures and grass-fed beef. The chickens roam about feeding during the day and roost in their pen during the night, very content indeed without the threat from foxes which have been all but eradicated from Phillip Island. All animals are stress-free providing the best produce. The olive trees are in a perfect climate and produce olive oil of exceptional quality and flavour. The organically made, homegrown produce from the store smacks of flavour and the fresh vegetables (in season) are flavoursome and free from pesticides offering optimal nourishment.