Burando Downs is a boutique garlic farm that produces a very high quality product that is grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. We only grow soft neck artichokes but two cultivars – Australian Purple and Italian Pink.
We are located on the alluvial black plains of the Darling Downs at Dalby, 250 kilometres west of Brisbane.
Born and bred into a farming family in the Lockyer Valley, Leon has always wanted to grow garlic. His parents didn’t like garlic so it was only when he had land of his own that he was able to pursue his passion.
While still living in the Lockyer Valley, Leon was one of the original growers that worked with the DPI to trail the Glenlarge variety for commercial production.
After having a few years break from farming altogether we started back growing vegetables and garlic.
We began with just three bulbs bought from a local market back in 2013, then introduced the Italian Pink variety and have increased planting from home use to small scale commercial (boutique) of approximately 250 kilograms a year. We are continually expanding our production.
As well as supplying a fantastic fresh product to customers locally and interstate, Lois also produces a variety of other garlic products in the farm’s registered kitchen. These range from dehydrated granules and powder, black garlic, pickled/marinated garlic to garlic relishes, salad dressings and jam. Burando Kitchen also produces a range of homestyle preserves from recipes handed down through the generations as well as some with a modern flavour.