At Rural Room HQ it has occurred to us that Christmas is just around the corner so we need to get some presents under the tree ASAP! Fortunately, one of our Rural Room Media Stringers, Perin Mulcahy, is a one-stop shop when it comes to gifts. Perin’s bespoke handpicked hampers are a natural choice because all the inclusions are sourced from local, regional, Australian businesses. We had a chat with Perin of ‘The Farmers Wife Hampers’ to hear about her life on the land and what it’s like to run a thriving creative start up in the sticks.
Q: Where do you live and how did you come to live in the country?
We live in Cranbrook, a little farming community about an hour north of Albany in Western Australia. We feel pretty lucky as we’re not too far from the beautiful Southern coast and our community sits at the base of the rugged Stirling Range.
We moved to the country two years ago, from Perth. My husband spent his early years in Denmark and has extended family who are farming in the Kojonup region so he knew this area well. For me, it’s rather serendipitous that my grandfather had a sheep farm in Cranbrook, Tasmania. So, although I was raised a ‘city girl’, I can still say I am carrying my grandfather’s farming tradition, in the same town but on the opposite side of the country.
Q: How did The Farmers Wife handpicked hampers start?
It is an unfortunate misfortune that, for a farmer’s wife, Mother’s Day and Christmas fall within the two busiest times of the year…seeding and harvest. Our busy farmers are always time poor and it’s not always easy to shop in the country, especially for a bloke! There are some amazing local women producing quality goods and produce in our region, so I thought gift boxes would be a great way to promote some of these products and provide a great local gifting service for our farmers.
Q: Tell us about some of the local suppliers
I love social media platforms and the ability it has given us to find and connect with creatives. I try to chose my products based their uniqueness, quality, value and beautiful design, with a focus on makers in the Southern region of Western Australia and rural mums like myself who just create really lovely things.
Some of my key products are the Willow Tree Lane skincare range from Margaret River; skincare from the talented mother daughter duo at Nina Bailey; Diddums design washcloths made in Bridgetown, preserves made by Little Birds Preserves in Albany, Sally has some really great blends and uses lots of locally grown fruit; I also love the candles by Beau at Drip Designs in Cranbrook. Beau is also my good friend and neighbor, and has been a great support in getting this little venture off the ground.