We’ve just come through some fairly daunting times here in the Barossa. Across four days straight the temperature topped 40 degrees and we witnessed fires threaten the Barossa Ranges and Eden Valley region.

We are thankful that no lives were lost.
Our hearts go out to people who have seen their property damaged.
We are grateful to the Country Fire Service volunteers (from far and wide) who sprang into action to defend lives and land.
And we are proud of the way the Barossa community responded to support the firefighters and those in need.

We’ve heard that donations of food and people’s time in the kitchen has helped prepare thousands of meals for the Country Fire Service. The response was coordinated with the help of social media and was so quick that within a couple of hours of the first call for donations, the Barossa Farmers Market Facebook page politely informed people they didn’t need any more.
Jess Greatwich, the farmers’ market manager, said the community support was “unbelievable”. “Within two hours people had donated 200 kilos of meat, hundreds and hundreds of litres long life milk, tins of milo and coffee and pallets of fruit and veg.
“People were generous beyond belief.”
Jess and a team of volunteers worked long shifts for several days making meals and ‘provision packs’ for farmers in the fire zone, and ‘snack packs’ for the firefighters.

(Information and quotes thanks to the Barossa Herald www.barossaherald.com.au, image from Decanter www.decanter.com and Roy Van Der Vegt)