Archive for November, 2011
Do you only select the perfectly round, brightly-coloured oranges? Will you only eat straight carrots? If a banana has a few black marks on its skin do you walk on by?
If you answered ‘Yes’ to these questions then you’re not alone. We’re a fickle bunch of shoppers … we buy with our eyes and have become accustomed to choosing from a uniform selection of beautiful fruit and veg.
Go back 20 years or so the quality of fresh produce on the shelves was not as high. There was an acknowledgement that farming is a risky business, a busines which does daily battle with nature and the elements. Sometimes the end result is not always perfect to look at, but more often than not it still tastes great and is packed full of nutritional benefits.
But over time shoppers have become more fussy. Just as they strive for beauty in their own appearance, they seem intent on only consuming beautiful food. It means that each year fresh food producers, supermarkets and other retailers are left with surplus supply. Rather than throw it in the bin, many farmers and most of the country’s leading retailers donate their excess to charities like Foodbank. Foodbank has a sophisticated logistics system in place, which transports excess from supermarket DCs and farmgates to their warehouses in major cities. Representatives from charities like the Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul, Meals on Wheels and many others visit the warehouses each day to select fresh produce for the thousands of people who seek their help.
A NORTH Queensland company is enjoying the fruits of Australia’s rainforest trees.
Rainforest Bounty was started by Margo Watkins and Geraldine McGuire as an outlet for the rainforest fruits they were both growing on their Atherton Tablelands properties.
Both keen cooks, they have created a range of sauces, chutneys and conserves which use rainforest fruits as their key ingredients.
It’s been a labour of love for the women, who utilise a local organic dairy factory at night and on weekends, to cook their products.
They both come to the business with diverse and varied professional backgrounds and committed to sustainable agricultural and food manufacturing practices.
“We’re both these mad women who convinced our husbands to grow these native plants,” jokes Margo.
Margo first trained as a fashion designer in Sydney but decided it wasn’t an industry she wanted to devote her life to. She packed her horses and spent many months making the journey north to Queensland on horseback.
Sweet, beautiful Aussie bananas are back and they’re finally affordable. Aldi is advertising bananas for $2.99/kg this week. To celebrate the return of the banana, the funny people at Australian Bananas have released this mockumentary.
Recently I wrote about the high price of bananas and asked the question, why are we so price sensitive when it comes to our fruit and vegetables?
It was a big day in our house yesterday. James turned four.
He woke up this morning and asked, ‘Am I still four mummy?’
Then he wanted to know when he could have another birthday.
“Next year darling.”
He wasn’t happy about that. Wants to have another birthday next week.
The day began early (as always), baking another cake after the first was attacked by a mystery cake monster (James).
Then it was time for a surf with my mates.
Then we cut the cake.
And posed for some photos.
Turning 4 is tiring work. Early to bed.