Is this a feijoa rapture? Cast your vote in the Bowel Buddy Box Comp.

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 at 12:00 pm

I was in the CERES main office this week and there lying casually in a bowl on the lunch table were a couple of feijoas. I ate one thinking how lucky I was. A few minutes later down in CERES Honey Lane market garden our head farmer, Meg Stewart, took me aside to a waist […]

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How do you get a chestnut out? Bowel Buddy Box Breaking News

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 at 2:46 pm

Jenny and Steve dropped almost 300kg of their chestnuts at CERES this week, we’re putting them in some of our set boxes as well as the webshop.  When I asked Jenny how they get their nuts out of the prickly cases she replies, very carefully and with two pairs of gloves. Jenny says the spines have a habit […]

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Fair Food’s Pear to Peer Network, A better name for the Bowel Buddy Box

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 at 1:29 pm

I was talking this week to John Mustafa from Petty’s Orchard in Templestowe about their season.  With only the Lady Williams and persimmons to come John and his father, Sam, are coming to the end of picking now.  John says it’s been a bit of a light year for apples but there have been plenty of […]

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Black Seed Oil – “the cure for everything but death”. Jenny’s Quinces

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 at 1:25 pm

Each week Alex, Fair Food‘s grocery buyer, sends me a note about the new things we’re getting into the webstore (which BTW you can always find here – New Products).  Anyway this week Alex noted beside newly the arrived Black Seed Oil , “This cures everything but death!”  Now Alex is not normally prone to overstating things so her claim for the miraculous healing power of Black Seed Oil intrigued me. […]

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Starting our Food Hosts young, Madelaine’s egg machine, Crowdfunding update

Monday, March 23rd, 2015 at 9:49 am

So much is going on this week I don’t know where to start.  Okay, first this ridiculously cute picture of Sonny in a Fair Food box.   Sonny’s parents Makoto and Jolene, who are new Food Hosts, have asked us to confirm that; 1. No, Sonny is not for sale 2. And, no you cannot […]

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Harvest Festival, Fair Food Survey, Cheap Pulses, Job Going at Fair Food

Monday, March 16th, 2015 at 5:14 pm

I was having a look through this year’s CERES Harvest Festival program and it’s getting really big. CERES’ most joyous day has become almost country fair-like and as always it’s grounded with an undercurrent of thanksgiving for the food we harvest, cook and eat week in and week out. The first thing I always do at Harvest Festival is head […]

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Ecostore Sugar Cane Packaging, uBiome Contest Winner, Super Cheap Tomatoes & A Job Going at Fair Food

Monday, March 9th, 2015 at 4:21 pm

Packaging is such a vexed issue, we struggle with it at Fair Food all the time.  Last Monday ecostore took a big packaging leap forward replacing their plastic bottles with bottles made from sugar cane.  The bottles don’t breakdown but are made to be recycled with regular plastics so the material can be reused again and […]

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A Big Tree Falls on Merri Creek

Monday, March 9th, 2015 at 4:18 pm

A couple of days ago Joe Garita passed away, he was 89 years old.  You might know Joe from the broad bean seeds we gave out last year.  Joe has been growing those broad beans in his Coburg market garden since 1945.  On that small piece of land on the banks of the Merri Creek […]

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Trying to be at one with weeds. Win a uBiome test and see what’s going on in your gut!

Monday, March 9th, 2015 at 4:14 pm

My hands and forearms are a painful mess of little cuts –  I can see black thorns dotted all under my inflamed skin. We’ve been away for the summer and “the blackberry situation” at our place has gotten away from us.  This weekend I’ve been slashing and grubbing out blackberry, we’ll  spray the regrowth with organic pine-oil to knock it back, get the cows in to graze the flush […]

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Benedict Hughes’ sweet deliverance. Alex brings home the coconut.

Monday, February 16th, 2015 at 2:16 pm

A few months ago I wrote about urban beekeeping pioneer, Lyndon Fenlon, and the urban honey legacy he left Melbourne when he left Melbourne.  Well  Benedict Hughes akaThe Practical Beekeeper, that’s him above collecting honey on the rooftop of The Commons Apartments in Brunswick, is one of the keepers of that legacy.  Benedict makes a living as an urban […]

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