Hogg goes into bat for locally-made produce

Former Australian cricketer Brad Hogg in the shearing shed.
Former Australian cricketer Brad Hogg in the shearing shed.

Growing up 170 kilometres from Perth in the southern Wheatbelt town of Williams, Hogg helped on the mixed crop and stock farm, but his true passion lay with cricket.

Despite his athletic prowess taking him around the world, the Willetton spin bowler has remained deeply connected to his roots and believes all West Australians should have WA produce on their plates.

“I wasn’t much good at it, but I worked on the farm until I was 23,” he said

“Farming is a great way of life and what WA farmers produce should be on plates around Australia; it’s that good.”

It was that belief that led to him becoming a supporter of the annual event Farmer on Your Plate, held last weekend.

More than 10,000 people attended the event last year, which handed out yabbies, pork, fish and beef to the public for free thanks to Fraser’s executive chef, Chris Taylor.

Now in its fourth year, the event served to remind city-dwellers where their food comes from, something Hogg said was sometimes not understood.

“I think it’s getting better,” he said.

“When I first moved up to the city, people would say their milk comes from the shop rather than cows and I was surprised how many kids didn’t know where their food came from.”

Hogg said he was proud to see niche businesses utilising their best resources to get produce straight to the consumer.

“I love seeing what people produce on their farms from meat to beehives,” he said.

“It is awesome and it’s great to see people in the city becoming interested in locally-made produce.”