Diary runneth over / No box left behind > 2018 Target

Monday, February 20th, 2017 at 12:10 pm

There’s so much going on over the next month I had to make a program…… Passata Making Workshop –  Sunday 26th February I’m not sure how many tomato saucing devices Monique Miller has at home, but she’d easily be in the highest percentile of sauce equipment ownership in Australia. Monique, in preparation for this year’s 21 Days of Crowdsaucing, […]

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Shop News – Kasundi / On the origin of muesli

Saturday, February 18th, 2017 at 9:03 am

“Let’s be clear” as our political representatives are often fond of saying before they completely muddy the waters, in this instance it’s the difference between muesli and granola – which is – muesli is raw while granola is toasted, sweetened and has oil added, which sounds a lot like toasted muesli.  Anyway, now all that’s […]

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Vote One: She’ll be apples. New Food Host in town.

Monday, February 13th, 2017 at 11:47 am

Apples are back in season. Over the weekend I was talking to Jason from Hazeldean Forest Farm about the faith involved planting an apple orchard.  It takes around five years before a new planting starts to pay back and often the planting doesn’t work out first time.  Jason reckons over the last 30 years he […]

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Wax on, wax off. Breathe in, breathe out.

Saturday, February 11th, 2017 at 9:34 am

It’s apple season, down at Hazeldean Forest Farm and Marg and Jason have been picking the first of their summer reds and akanes. This made me think of the apple questions we get every year. First yes, there is wax on organic apples, but no, it hasn’t been applied like some conventional apples. Apples are […]

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The passata is the political. When the amaranth calls your name.

Sunday, February 5th, 2017 at 9:42 am

When the world seems out of control and people all around seem to be sipping from the bubbler of blame and fear, there is something positive and practical we can do. Something simple that brings us together, that makes us nutritionally and emotionally happier, that makes our communities stronger and supports local tomato farmers.  It’s Crowdsaucing […]

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Amaranth – the Toyota Corolla of greens.

Saturday, February 4th, 2017 at 8:04 am

I once met John (that’s him in his garden), a Jamaican, living in Toronto who enthusiastically told me about his quest to grow callaloo plants so he could cook the famous West Indian dish known by the same name. After many years of hunting about the city John finally found some callaloo seeds and began […]

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Rejoice – home compostable eco-cellophane. CERES – aiming for zero.

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 at 1:13 pm

In the week before Christmas Alex,Fair Food’s grocery buyer, sent a joyous email out …. “The day has finally come – I can now say with confidence that all of our pre-packed dry goods come in biodegradable/ compostable packaging. Well, not quite – we still pack salad mix/cleaners etc in degradable plastic bags as we […]

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Who killed kombucha?

Sunday, January 29th, 2017 at 1:10 pm

Geneva from Kombuchaid was in the Fair Food warehouse the other day dropping off her final batch of kombucha. Geneva decided to wind up her business after kombucha brewers came under the scrutiny of environmental health authorities. The State government is taking a hard-line antibacterial approach pressuring brewers to pasteurise and artificially carbonate kombucha like […]

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Tamil Feasts meets Joe’s Market Garden. Unglut Your Gut – last week to join.

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 at 9:06 am

On the last Tuesday evening in January two of CERES’ most dynamic worlds collide when Tamil Feasts go down to Joe’s Market Garden to feed the people. Brimming with talent like a seventies supergroup, only not so overblown as say an Emerson Lake and Palmer, these shooting stars of social enterprise promise an evening by the creek […]

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Kangaroo Grass Lamingtons.

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017 at 1:04 pm

A 30,000 year old grinding stone found on the Darling River in NSW tells us a little known story of the world’s first grain growers and bread-makers. Sadly Australia’s indigenous agriculture was denied as Europeans took the “unused” land and was then forgotten as our sheep ate out the native grasses. Forgotten – well almost […]

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