In Central Victoria, over almost thirty years of Lanyon’s growing processing tomatoes, Marilyn developed many recipes from red and green tomatoes. But, there was one stand out favourite for family and friends – Simply Green Tomatoes. So after extensive market research domestically and overseas, Ian and Marilyn began Simply Tomatoes journey on New Year’s Day 2002.
In 2004 the family finished supplying the processing factories and became not only the grower, but the manufacturer and the marketer of their specialty green tomato products; selling to the global market directly from their farm gate at Boort in Central Victoria.With the development of farming technology, one acre of tomatoes grown with chemical free drip irrigation uses 30% less water than flood irrigation and produces 40 to 60 tonnes per acre.
Processing is undertaken in a modern factory located on the farm with a very large underground storage facility providing a cool and stable environment for the storage of bulk product and maximising the use of local resources minimises the carbon footprint. The green tomatoes are handpicked and within the hour start their four day process of being preserved in a salt and vinegar brine and finished off in extra virgin olive oil, garlic and oregano. From the tomato seed to the end user, every step is overseen by the Lanyon family.
The Simply Tomatoes product range is gluten free with no added sugar, has no artificial colour, flavour or preservatives, making it perfect for vegetarian and vegan dishes, coeliac or diabetic diets. All products have 24 months stable shelf life and are shipped as dry goods. Packaging is light and durable making it easy to use for both retail and foodservice. Retail packs are gorgeously presented and are perfect for gifts and hampers. A Tourism Accredited and Gold award winning attraction, thousands of visitors to Simply Tomatoes every year enjoy a tour of on farm manufacturing operations of green tomato products and the making of Aussie Wool Quilts-Boort bedding and Woolly Warmers therapeutic heat packs made from local wool and wheat. Plus there’s a complimentary product tasting for every visitor to the farm. Totally worth the drive and RV’s (self-contained recreational vehicles can stay free by the water)! Day tours are also co-ordinated by Simply Tomatoes for visitors to the area to enjoy other tourist attractions in and around Boort region with a local guide.