Lunch on the line. Big Veggies. Goodbye Bill Mollison.

Monday, September 26th, 2016 at 10:44 am

Every Wednesday at Fair Food someone different takes a break from the packing line to cook everyone else lunch. There are fifteen different nationalities at Fair Food, so when we gather around the staffroom table there is always a sense of anticipation to see what our workmate’s created.  Which spice combinations, how they make their […]

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Finals time. All in the eye of the beer-holder.

Monday, September 26th, 2016 at 9:10 am

Footy finals time – so much energy directed into fewer and fewer teams until there becomes such a burning hot focus on two groups of young men, so supremely blessed with foot skills and enviable strength through the hips, that Melbourne seems absolutely fit to burst. And then suddenly, it’s all over and the strong […]

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This week in mud. Heel and toe, dosey doe.

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 at 1:18 pm

There’s always a lot of imagery, a lot of Spring imagery, floating about this time of year  – there’s the honey eaters darting among the wattle flowers, the bees on the apricot blossoms, there’s lambs frolicking through daffodils and in the city we are skipping to trains and buses and trams singing optimistic show tunes we remember from our parent’s record collections.  And […]

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Great intestinal journeys of the world.

Sunday, September 18th, 2016 at 1:14 pm

Much has been written about the benefits of probiotics on the human microbiome – but there’s always been one nagging question – does the good bacteria in yoghurt, kefir, kimchi, kombucha and sauerkraut, survive the hostile world of our digestive systems to make it to the probiotic promised land of our lower intestines? For this […]

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CERES learning – lots of ways to skin your cat. Asparagus 2016 season debut.

Monday, September 12th, 2016 at 1:04 pm

There are many ways to skin a cat – hold on, I have to digress here, because although we use this saying widely it occurs to me that there may not have actually been a time when a kind of cat skinning-economy existed where the skinning of cats was so widely practised that it generated passionate and regular comment on competing […]

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Local flour, really local flour.

Saturday, September 10th, 2016 at 1:02 pm

In the neighbourhood of our camp the grass had been pulled to a very great extent, and piled in hay-ricks, so that the aspect of the desert was softened into the agreeable semblance of a hay field…when we found the ricks, or haycocks, extending for miles, we were quite at a loss to understand why […]

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Cinnamon – our flavour of the week. Communing with cabbage.

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 at 2:17 pm

Some weeks the world lets you know you’re doing alright. Last Thursday it happened to our CEO Cinnamon Evans who took home the inaugural Mike Hill Environmental Sustainability Award in recognition of her 20 years of service at CERES.  That nod of recognition will be reinforced a little bit more this Thursday when Cinnamon speaks at the Global Social Economy Forum aka […]

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What do dried fruits say about you?

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 at 2:13 pm

This week while preparing to interview Fair Food’s new part-time customer service candidates I’ve been struggling with the usual rote interview questions we’ve been using forever – y’know those ones along the lines of, “Describe your biggest weakness?” or “Tell us about a successful team project you have been involved in?” They’ve become so formularised […]

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What lies at the bottom of our crispers. New Asian Food Box.

Thursday, September 1st, 2016 at 10:07 am

The other day rummaging through the fridge looking for leftovers to take to work I come across a small tupperware container holding two lonely pieces of cooked cauliflower. Not recognising it from recent meals I hold up the container to Peta, my wife. “What’s this?” I ask. “That’s cauliflower,” she replies casually. “Cauliflower?” “Yeah, cauliflower.” “Where’d it come […]

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Presenting for your delectation, the new Asian Cooking Box.

Sunday, August 28th, 2016 at 2:04 pm

In this year’s survey we had requests for a set produce box tailored to Asian style cooking. Finally, after months of exhaustive and intensive development at the Set Box Institute (sorry, I completely made that up, how do Ponds get away with it?). No really, last week Josh, our produce buyer, put together an Asian Cooking […]

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