Artisan Food With A Story
Food tastes better when it has a story
Google search loading Loading search bar...
 
Log on    Log on
Newsletter
Image for 'Wayfarer Trout'

Wayfarer Trout

Wayfarer Trout Farm is a stunning spot in Dargle, Midlands of KZN. They raise trout and cold smoke them on the farm. Andre and Sue are the ex-Joburger farmers who have "down-sized" to the country.

Dargle, KwaZulu-Natal


Mobile 0824153780    Email wayfarer.dargle@gmail.com

Story by Deni Archer

City slickers “downsize” to a farm in the Midlands

Wayfarer-Trout

We arrive at Wayfarer Trout Farm to find Andre and Tom armed with tweezers, brows furrowed in concentration, at the kitchen table. They’re “plucking the pins” - carefully removing tiny bones out of the smoked trout they’re about to pack, Sue tells us.

Andre and Sue are both city slickers reinvented as trout farmers in the Midlands, KZN. Originally from Johannesburg, they’d spent most of their lives living in the fast paced city life, until one day in 2005 when they decided to escape to the country. So they packed up their things and found a farm in the lush Dargle area. All that was left to do was decide how to spend their time.

A river runs through it

Their land happened to have a dam with a small river running through it. Andre had always been an avid fly fisherman, and a lover of a good challenge - so it made sense to try out trout farming, and complete it with a cold smoking process. After one year of intense experimentation in the farm’s quaint smokehouse, Andre had fine tuned the process.

Wayfarer Trout is top quality, and Andre and Sue live by their “fresh fish focus”; they promise to deliver the fish within three days of being caught. This means their supply area is limited to the Midlands and Durban, where their fish is in high demand. “We’re always amazed by the innovative ways the chefs prepare our trout,” says Sue, “chefs like Evan at Granny Mouse, Jackie at Hartford House, and Warren at Cargo Hold are so innovative with our humble trout.

A little trout for the otters too

Trout farming is not without its challenges. Andre and Sue lightheartedly nickname their breeding stock “otter food”. “They were here before us so we don’t mind if they take some,” laughs Andre, “but once they decimated the entire brood stock while we were away for the weekend. When we got home we saw a happy little family of otters peering down at us from the hillside, as if to say “thanks!””

Trout take eight to 12 months to mature, while broodstock are a minimum of two years old and two kilograms in weight. The farm’s trout runs are constructed from earth rather than concrete, which keeps the fish healthier. Each run can manage 1 500 fish, and they grow to a maximum of one kilogram. In one year, the farm currently produces about 5 000 fish.

The romance blossoms

Andre and Sue aren’t stopping at trout. Being connoisseurs of romantic pastimes, they’re experimenting with pheasant farming. The challenge will be protecting the birds from the local raptors, but we’ve no doubt the couple will rise to the occasion. Watch this space.

 

 

 

Tom shows us how he plucks the "pins" - trout jargon for removing the fine bones in the trout flesh. This happens in Andre and Sue's kitchen, where everyone gets their hands 'fishy'

Wayfarer-Trout

Andre shows us the oven which creats the smoke for the cmoke house behind. The smoke is channelled through a cooling earth tunnel into the house.

Wayfarer-Trout

Not content with trout farming alone, the couple are experimenting with pheasant farming too. To add to the country romance.

Wayfarer-Trout

Ex-Joburgers Sue and Andre in front of their trout dam where the breeding stock are kept.

Wayfarer-Trout

Leave a comment

Reply to a comment below or click the 'Add your comment' button to add a new comment about this business.

To access the full functionality (such as adding images to your comments and receiving optional alerts) please
log on now if you already have an account or register here if you are new.


CONTACT HIM NOW FOR SOLUTION TO ALL YOUR PROBLEMS

by jessica wnye  |   16 May 2016 04:28 PM   |   0 replies

'After being in relationship with Wilson for seven years,he broke up with me, I did everything possible to bring him back but all was in vain, I wanted him back so much because of the love I have for him, I begged him with everything, I made promises but he refused. I explained my problem to someone online and she suggested that I should contact a spell caster that could help me cast a spell to bring him back but I am the type that don't believed in spell, I had no choice than to try it, I meant a spell caster called Dr Zuma zuk and I email him, and he told me there was no problem that everything will be okay before three days, that my ex will return to me before three days, he cast the spell and surprisingly in the second day, it was around 4pm. My ex called me, I was so surprised, I answered the call and all he said was that he was so sorry for everything that happened, that he wanted me to return to him, that he loves me so much. I was so happy and went to him, that was how we started living together happily again. Since then, I have made promise that anybody I know that have a relationship problem, I would be of help to such person by referring him or her to the only real and powerful spell caster who helped me with my own problem and who is different from all the fake ones out there. Anybody could need the help of the spell caster, his email: spiritualherbalisthealing@gmail.com or call him +2349055637784 you can email him if you need his assistance in your relationship or anything. CONTACT HIM NOW FOR SOLUTION TO ALL YOUR PROBLEMS'

i will always be sharing my testimony to the world

by mark Godswin  |   07 May 2016 03:25 AM   |   0 replies

my name is Mark Godswin am here to share testimony of how i got back my relationship that was scattered for months. we got married for more than 7 years and have gotten three kids. things were going well with us and we are always happy. until one day my wife started behaving in a way i could not understand, i was very confused by the way she treat me and the kids. for months she did not come home again and she called me for a divorce, i asked her what have i done wrong to deserve this from her, all she was saying is that she want a divorce that she hate me and do not want to see me again in her life, i was mad and also frustrated and do not know what to do,i was sick for more than 3 weeks because of her intention towards me. i love my wife so much and can do anything for her. i told my brother and he told me to contact a spell caster, i never believe in all this spell casting of a thing. i just want to try if something will come out of it. i contacted DR Alexzander through his website, for the return of my wife to me, he told me that my wife have been taken by another man, that he cast a spell on her that was why she hate me and also want us to divorce. then they told me that they have to cast a spell on her that will make her return to me and the kids, Dr alexzander cast the spell and after 1 week my wife called me and she told me that i should forgive her, she apologizes on phone and said that she did not know what happened to her. it was the spell that DR Alexzander cast on her that made her return back to me today,me and my family are now happy again. thank you Dr Alexzander for what you have done for me i would have been nothing today if not for HIS great spell. i want all my friends who are passing through all this kind of love problem of getting back their husband, wife , or ex boyfriend and girlfriend to contact {alexzanderhightemple@gmail.com or through his website http://alexzanderhightemple-com.webs.com} if you need a supernatural great wizard to cast a spell for you. email Dr alexzander and you will see that your problem will be solved without any delay.These are the few things he also do for people. *do you need rapid and undeserved promotions in your offices or work? Dr alexzander can bring back lost lovers on 96hrs and can cast all kind of spell. Dr alexzander is a healer that is here on earth to solve your problems just as he did to mine.this is your chance to be helped quickly by Dr alexzander.his an expert in distance healing, court cases even if one is convicted. he can do all manner of spell that you may need in life.he can also make you conceive a child and win money through gambling and other things you may desire to have in life. contact him and be the next to share his good work to the world. alexzanderhightemple@gmail.com or http://alexzanderhightemple-com.webs.com

by Marinda Snyders  |   13 February 2013 09:12 AM   |   0 replies

I like the story of the otters. Seems like they have fun on the lovely farm. Much better than city life!

Congratulations city slickers!

by Jennifer Allanby  |   02 December 2012 02:54 PM   |   0 replies

We wish you only the best for 2013.May your fish be plentyful and may your pheasant numbers multiply in harmony.

Jenny & Athol
Cape Town

© 2016 FOOD WITH A STORY SOUTH AFRICA  |  Web design by Redweb.co.nz