CERES: different & good / Tamil Feasts go on the road

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 at 2:00 pm

CERES doing different and good In the beginning, back in the early eighties when Brunswick’s textile industry was packing up and heading for China. Back when local businesses were still using the Merri Creek as a sewer. Back when a culture of community mindedness was becoming swamped by a culture of shopping.  A small group of people decided to do something different, something good […]

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Slow-cooker approved borscht / One pot to rule them all

Saturday, June 17th, 2017 at 12:55 pm

There’s a strange rivalry that’s been simmering in recent years on various online food forums. Passionate advocates of each side have turned it into a Hatfield’s v McCoy’s feud arguing back and forth over the burning question of what’s the better appliance – a pressure cooker or a slow cooker? If you find yourself jumping to your feet, pounding the table and shouting out, […]

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Ian and his intense kiwi / Beetroot & Parsnip Fortnight

Sunday, June 11th, 2017 at 6:51 pm

Like seasonal clockwork feijoas drift out of our fruit bowls as kiwis appear. Hoddles Creek kiwi grower, Ian Cuming, spent the beginning of May with five highly motivated young backpackers (three Germans & two South Africans) picking his 15 tonne kiwi crop in two weeks versus the usual four. When they finished Ian left a couple of kiwi pallets out of his […]

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Aki’s wombok, carrot & apple salad / Behind the scenes of Beetroot & Parsnip Fortnight

Sunday, June 11th, 2017 at 1:48 pm

Behind the scenes of Beetroot & Parsnip Fortnight The other day Kane Busch called from his family’s farm near Bairnsdale on the banks of the Mitchell River. “We’ve got a lot of beetroot and parsnips, could you help us out?” “I reckon we could do something. How much do you have?” “A lot.” “Well….we could make it beetroot and parsnip fortnight.” […]

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The welcome we all want / Senape your time has come

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 at 11:56 am

June 20th is World Refugee Day.  As you know a big part of Fair Food’s mission is to provide permanent jobs for asylum seekers while they rebuild their lives in Australia. Since World War II Australia has welcomed people from all over the world seeking safety from conflict and disaster. Embracing asylum seekers has made our country richer and our […]

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Winter tonic – making a fire cider / Joe’s Senape

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 at 9:04 am

About 30 years ago a Turkish neighbour gave farmer, Joe Garita some senape seed to grow in his Coburg market garden.  The mustard green, Joe was told, was popular in Turkish cuisine and would grow well in his Merri Creek market garden. Joe threw the seeds in and true to the neighbour’s word the senape grew and the locals, […]

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Fair Food makes a move / New 5 Day Delivery Neighbourhoods

Monday, May 29th, 2017 at 12:10 pm

Just this afternoon at about 5pm, after two and a half epic days, we finished shifting Fair Food to its new warehouse in Preston – (that’s the last of us putting the finishing touches on the packing line).   And when I say finished I use the term loosely – there are so many “mystery boxes” in the […]

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Yoghurt comp winner / Life changing delivery

Saturday, May 27th, 2017 at 12:14 pm

This week we happily share the winning recipe of our recent yoghurt comp, in honour of the new (and fabulous) Greek yoghurt from Schulz Organic Dairy. Thanks to everyone who shared their favourites with us, and whoop whoop congratulations to Natalie – we hope you are enjoying your CERES Fair Food groceries on us! With so many […]

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Chestnut & pumpkin soup / Chestnuts & cool season jazz

Sunday, May 21st, 2017 at 1:02 pm

Whenever I think chestnuts up drifts Moonlight in Vermont.  Frank Sinatra sang it on Come Fly With Me, although everybody from Ray Charles to Nana Mouskouri have done their own version.  The funny thing about Moonlight in Vermont is, apart from the fact that it contains no rhymes and all the verses are haiku’s, there is no […]

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Home on the free range / Monday to Friday deliveries quite the hit

Sunday, May 21st, 2017 at 12:18 pm

You might have been hearing a whole lot of upset generated by the Federal Government’s new 10,000 hens per hectare free range definition.  The battle over what constitutes free range was effectively won by large egg producers more focussed on the maximum amount of  chickens they could squeeze into a given space as opposed to the adequate amount of space needed to be given to […]

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