What farmers see / Knowing nettles better?

Friday, April 28th, 2017 at 11:16 am

What farmers see…. There are some magical parts of the growing season that only the farmer gets to see – I’ve been saving this picture since January – Jenny Indian sent it in from her farm in Stanley because she wanted to share the amazing sight of her chestnut trees in full flower. Jenny says if you […]

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Ribollita / Permission to be different Sir?

Friday, April 28th, 2017 at 11:10 am

As a kid growing up in agricultural New Zealand the gold standard of farming manhood was Colin Pinetree Meads.  Pinetree Meads was a sheep farmer, a stoic man mountain who played a brutal enforcer role for the All Blacks rugby team and in later life did no-nonsense TV ads for treated pine fence posts and cheese. […]

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Shane O’Dea and his fresh pistachios / Boxes at 61%

Monday, April 17th, 2017 at 10:05 am

The picture above is Shane O’Dea cuddling his family’s harvest of fresh pistachios (that’s right, fresh).  Last year Shane wandered into the Fair Food warehouse with a five kilo box of shiny pink nuts and asked if we were interested. Needless to say we said yes and asked him if he would come back again this year.   Shane’s family planted 2000 pistachio trees […]

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Yummy choc coconut balls / A different kind of hero

Saturday, April 15th, 2017 at 2:48 am

Lately I’ve been writing about how Easter evolved from its pagan predecessor Eostre. In my wife’s childhood home Good Friday meant strict observance of Jesus’ sacrifice with quiet reflection, house cleaning, no meat eating, no phone calls to friends and definitely no playing.  But for our kids today Jesus’ story is no longer their story – to […]

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Abundance Farm Eggs / A Haiku for Crowdsaucing

Monday, April 10th, 2017 at 9:10 am

When Alex from Abundance Farm stopped into the Fair Food warehouse for a chat recently I was reminded of all the times I’ve heard someone say how they’d love to get out of the city, buy some land, plant some trees, keep a few chooks and grow their own food.  Alex and his partner, Kali, recently took that leap.  After lots of […]

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Apple, fennel & radish salad-slaw / Hot cross bun regret

Saturday, April 8th, 2017 at 9:47 am

Rebirth, renewal & hot cross bun regret Easter with its themes of renewal and rebirth may seem as incongruous with our southern hemisphere autumn as the Sexyland Superstore that’s located near the Essendon off-ramp on the Tullamarine Freeway. But when it comes to produce this time of year there is a kind a renewal, a changing of the guard; gone are the bold stone fruits of […]

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Anything but standard honey

Monday, April 3rd, 2017 at 1:15 pm

Last Saturday at the CERES Harvest Festival and practical beekeeper Benedict Hughes, unveiled the wonderful new Display Hive that he and the CERES Bee Group have finally finished building.  Benedict and CERES CEO, Cinnamon Evans, told the story of the Display Hive listing all the people involved over the years and it reminded me of […]

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Quick spelt & pear muffins / Making Easter great again

Saturday, April 1st, 2017 at 1:08 pm

Our hot cross bun tradition began with pagan Saxons honouring the goddess Eostre.  The cross represented the rebirth of the world after winter, the four quarters of the moon, the four seasons and possibly how many pieces a bun could be feasibly cut, toasted, buttered and shared for afternoon tea. As paganism gave way to […]

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Filling your gumboots with goodness. Crowdsaucing more of the very latest

Sunday, March 19th, 2017 at 8:15 pm

What is “goodness”?  Is it like “attractiveness” or “tastiness” or “weirdness” – hard to define but you know it when you see it, eat it, feel it? There’s a day each year at CERES, more than any other, when you walk around and the overwhelming feeling is “goodness”. This day is CERES Harvest Festival and maybe it feels “good” because Harvest tries to reflect the […]

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Shop News – Miso Eggplant / Bee Hoon Now!

Sunday, March 19th, 2017 at 3:13 pm

In China’s remote Yunnan Province where southern Asia, eastern Asia and the Tibetan Plateau join, three of the world’s great rivers – the Jinsha (Yangtze), Lancang (Mekong) and the Nu (Salween) come very close to meeting.  For one hundred extraordinary miles they run parallel through deep gorges and high mountains creating a landscape that UNESCO […]

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