Our Story – about Millgrove Truffles, Manjimup, Western Australia2021-05-24T15:40:42+08:00

OUR STORY

When Manjimup fitter and turner Scott Johnstone decided to enter a local Italian sausage competition, the last thing his wife Leanne expected him to come home with were plans to install a French truffle orchard on their family property.

But with the support of fellow sausage competitor and founding WA truffle producer Al Blakers, the Johnstones were soon planting 760 truffle-inoculated hazelnut and oak trees on the southern slopes of their beautiful Manjimup home ‘Millgrove’.

Six long years after planting their first tree the Johnstone’s unearthed a single truffle – a perfect specimen weighing in at an impressive 223g.

“After all our work – the planting, the annual pruning, weeding, fertilising, watering … the waiting and wondering and worrying … it was absolutely wonderful to hold that first earthy fruit of our efforts in our hands.”

Millgrove Truffles now produces over half a tonne of black truffles each season and Leanne’s initial doubts about Scott’s ambitious truffle project have morphed into a deep pride about the unique business they’ve established in the heart of their lifelong home in Manjimup.

Seasonal truffle hunts at Millgrove have recently been added to the Johnstone’s business mix along with direct truffle sales.

Come and experience the thrill of unearthing a ‘star of winter’ among the huge Karri trees of WA’s beautiful Southern Forests.

MILLGROVE TRUFFLES

“After all our work – the planting, the annual pruning, weeding, fertilising, watering … the waiting and wondering and worrying … it was absolutely wonderful to hold that first earthy fruit of our efforts in our hands.”

2004

Mates, beers and great ideas

When Manjimup fitter and turner Scott Johnstone decided to enter a local Italian sausage competition, the last thing his wife Leanne expected him to come home with were plans [...]

2005

760 truffle-inoculated trees

760 carefully nurtured truffle-inoculated trees. After months of soil preparations, the Johnstones were soon planting 760 truffle-inoculated hazelnut and oak trees on the southern slopes of their [...]

2011

Our Journey

From planting to harvest. Six long years after planting their first tree the Johnstone’s unearthed a single truffle – a perfect specimen weighing in at [...]

2016

The Team

Scott and Leanne Johnstone, along with Solly, a beautiful Italian dog breed known for truffle hunting, have been farming truffles for nearly 14 years. Located west [...]

2017

Our Passion

Millgrove Truffles now produces nearly half a tonne of black French truffles each season and Leanne’s initial doubts about Scott’s ambitious truffle project have morphed into a [...]

2018

Our Truffles

Tuber melanosporum Truffles are specialised underground mushrooms that can only grow on the roots of particular trees. One of the most prized for the dinner [...]

2019

Hunting and gathering

Truffle Hunts Seasonal truffle hunts at Millgrove have recently been added to the Johnstone’s business mix along with direct truffle sales. Follow us to find [...]

2021

UPCOMING
EVENTS

Seasonal truffle hunts at Millgrove have recently been added to the Johnstone’s business mix along with direct truffle sales. Come and experience the thrill of unearthing a ‘star of winter’ among the huge Karri trees of WA’s beautiful Southern Forests.

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REQUEST MORE INFO

Please email Leanne at info@millgrovetruffles.com.au for more information.

 or call

Scott: 0428 771 198

Leanne: 0428 308 831