Ian Cuming – farmer at the pointy end. Got a spare warehouse?

Sunday, June 19th, 2016 at 6:27 pm

Every year like clockwork Paul Haar calls to announce that his feijoas have finished. Pretty much the next day Ian Cuming (that’s him above) will be on the phone to talk about dropping off the first of his biodynamic kiwis  Not this year though, with the endless summer everything is out of whack – feijoas […]

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On the subject of rhubarb.

Saturday, June 18th, 2016 at 8:13 am

Rhubarb in 21st century Australia is a niche vegetable; an occasional addition to an apple crumble or an interesting topping for a danish pastry. But like a softly spoken great-uncle who led a previous life as a hammond organ player in a notorious 1970’s heavy metal band, rhubarb also once enjoyed a much higher public […]

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Vic Cardemone is a fixer. What to do with those window bags.

Sunday, June 12th, 2016 at 2:10 pm

In the Fair Food car park a delivery truck returns from a run with its back step dangling off in an alarming angle. Andrew, the driver, gives it a few tugs and the whole thing breaks off, hitting the concrete with a clang.  The call goes over to the CERES Site Team and Vic Cardemone wanders over to take a […]

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The Secret Universe of Cheese Possibility

Saturday, June 11th, 2016 at 2:04 pm

Let us go back thousands of years ago to the cheese discovering journey of our early dairy folk, back to their initial weird sour smelling, brain-like curd induced repulsion. Their first instinct must have been to throw that lumpy off-milk out. Until one day, through bravery, curiosity or desperation came the realisation that not only […]

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Winter drops in. Love Crowdsaucing? Now try Krautsourcing.

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 at 2:20 pm

It’s funny, last week I read that the 2016 El Niño was officially over, the very next day the cold front hit and it was like summer had leap-frogged autumn and gone straight into winter. Suddenly it’s too cold for Shelley and Craig Heppel to grow lettuce, Coolibah Farm’s roquette got frozen in Monday’s frost and overnight broccoli […]

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The Fermentation Party – a delicate dance with death.

Saturday, June 4th, 2016 at 2:14 pm

Fermentation has become so popular I think that if voting laws for the federal senate hadn’t changed recently I wouldn’t have been surprised to see a Fermentation Party senator sitting in the next parliament. And I reckon I would have probably voted for them. With a party platform something along the lines of – Turning […]

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CERES is appealing

Monday, May 30th, 2016 at 6:13 pm

  For the most part CERES generates its money through social enterprises like Fair Food, but there’s a gap (there’s always a gap). Once a year we put it out there and ask for your help.  It’s a one time thing – we hit you up and then let everybody get on with it.  See our […]

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When mandarins touched the sky, mandarin cake and our weekly specials.

Sunday, May 29th, 2016 at 2:06 pm

Like almost everything mandarins originally came from China finding their way to the West as seeds in the pockets of Silk Road traders. In a canny marketing move (possibly the inspiration for New Zealand farmers to re-badge Chinese Gooseberries as kiwifruit) Moroccan citrus growers started calling mandarins, tangerines, connecting them in the minds of European […]

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There’s been a lot of heated milk talk lately

Monday, May 23rd, 2016 at 2:05 pm

There’s been a lot of heated milk talk lately.  On April 27th Murray Goulburn,  Australia’s largest milk processor, unexpectedly cut its 2015-16 milk price to farmers from around 45c a litre to 35c a litre.  The cut covered the previous ten months and meant farmers suddenly owed Murray Goulburn and average $127,000 each. New Zealand owned Fonterra, the second […]

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Children of the Crema.

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 at 10:19 am

In hundreds of years in post-post-apocalyptic Victoria a young humanish girl surviving with her family in one of the few green niches deep may well venture into the ruins of our formerly liveable city. Walking through building after crumbling building she would find rotting plywood furniture, mysterious pottery remnants and strange box-like steel artefacts. And […]

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