All summer long, Harriet Birrell and her natural food caravan, Natural Harry, sat perched on a hill on a vacant lot on the main drag of the coastal hamlet of Barwon Heads, with hardly a break to hit the beach. Late last year, the nutritionist from Point Lonsdale, alongside her partner, Fraser West (a carpenter), converted a retro caravan into a portable retail space selling fresh smoothies (such as the Frosty Fruit – mango, apple, mint, coconut water; the Green Warrior – spinach/kale, pineapple/apple, cucumber, coconut water; and the Chocco – cacao powder, chia seeds, banana, almond milk, maple) and raw desserts (caramel cups, key lime tart, passion fruity cheescake, ‘rawreo’, peppermint slice and bliss balls).
“It’s 100 per cent organic, so things can change a bit, but we always have versions of these,” says Birrell of her raw, vegan, gluten and dairy-free offerings.
Though the summer season in Barwon has now come to an end, Natural Harry will be open at the Little Creatures Brewery Market in Geelong staring this weekend – Sunday April 13.
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“The smoothie side of the business is very seasonal and so we’ve closed down the caravan on the hill and will be expanding into doing raw desserts wholesale during the colder months,” says Birrell, who also has plans to build a Natural Harry HQ, recycling and renovating an old shed at Wallington on the Bellarine Peninsula.
“We are considering opening at the Rip Curl Pro or back in Barwon Heads for Easter and hoping to make the raw desserts available in select cafes over winter (when smoothie season is over),” she says.
In the meantime, Natural Harry will be at the Little Creatures Brewery Market in Geelong the second Sunday of every month and back on the block (in Barwon Heads) next summer.