The supermarket and the supplier. The man who honey-coated Melbourne.

Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Recently I was talking to the rep of a grocery maker about her experience selling products to Coles (I won’t name her for obvious reasons).  Anyway she was telling me that if Coles decided they’d stop selling one of her products she’d be charged about $15,000 to delete the line. “You get charged to stop selling an item?” I […]

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A software barn-raising. Consider the loquat.

Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 10:37 am

When Fair Food first started I thought that all anybody could want was a mixed fruit and veg box and the only question could be whether it was small, medium or large.  I mean I liked shopping this way, why wouldn’t everybody else?  I have been learning ever since and Fair Food has been changing how […]

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Caring for your food host: a guide. Clifroy Community Bank does something truly special.

Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 10:31 am

Fair Food has 67 Food Hosts across Melbourne Food.  It’s really quite a strange concept when you think about it; somebody sharing a space at their homes for others (read complete strangers – at first anyway) to pick up their shopping from.   Food Hosts make our strange but effective food distribution system work, without them […]

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Born a free ranging man. Boring solution, such a lot of joy.

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 4:13 pm

How’s this for an office?  This is a picture of Dan Green’s egg farm in Lower Carrajung, South Gippsland.  You may know Dan through his eggs, which he calls, Dan’s Real Free Range Eggs .  I’m telling Dan’s story because I saw in the news this week a story about a free range egg farm being fined $300,000 for not […]

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A tall green saviour rises in our hour of need. The votes are in. The People have spoken. The winner is….

Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 7:10 pm

In a world weary of silverbeet bakes, in a time of seasonally reduced produce choices, in a place crying out for something, anything different to cook this week. One vegetable will rise up from the dirt to set a people free and make dinnertime more exciting than it has been for a while.   Oh, it […]

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Being eczema aware this week. Voting opens to rename discredited One Person Box.

Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 7:07 pm

This coming week is Eczema Awareness Week – which is especially apt for Australia which has the highest incidence of eczema in the world!  According to the Eczema Association 30% of Australian children live with eczema.  Before this one I didn’t know there was an Eczema Awareness Week and I’m not sure what you do in an […]

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Vince Fitipaldi – inner city rapa. The all new One Person Box now in-webstore

Sunday, August 31st, 2014 at 10:22 pm

Down at the CERES Merri Creek Market Garden deep in the heart of Coburg (yes, you read right Coburg!) farmer Vince Fitipaldi (that’s him above with Heidi Sanghvi, our farm volunteer co-ordinator) has been busy growing, among other things, a crop of rapa, a leafy Italian heirloom brassica that Vince’s cousin and the original farmer, […]

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Happy lower intestine = happy life. Patronise your local Food Host.

Monday, August 25th, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Lately, usually to a stony faced response, I’ve been recommending fecal transplants to my friends and family for basically every physical and mental ailment they collectively suffer from. Now if you watched Gut Reaction on ABC’s Catalyst last week you’d know I’m only half joking. The bottom line (no pun intended) is that if we feed the billions […]

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Fair Food opens Asylum Seeker Foodbank drop off. Buyer Josh channels soup.

Thursday, August 21st, 2014 at 1:14 pm

Our friend Chantelle who runs the Foodbank at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (that’s it pictured above) asked if Fair Food could be a drop point for their Foodbank donations.  “Why not,” was my response,” picking up and dropping off food is in our blood” (well my grandpa did have a general store for a while).  Anyway back to the story, why, you […]

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Kale crisis latest. So much at brewing at Fair Food we’re fit to burst.

Thursday, August 21st, 2014 at 1:12 pm

If you were worried about the imminent collapse of an unregulated Chinese shadow banking system or a looming Wall St crash created by US Fed money printing or even European zombie banks dragging us into the next GFC – forget about it!  There’s a kale crisis – yes you read right a kale crisis!  No, I […]

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