Carrot Vodka. Yes really.

First there was carrot beer. Then came the carrot bread. This year we've launched carrot vodka. My friend Gen, who is also married to a vegetable farmer, had the idea to turn wonky carrots into vodka. Sensational idea. You can try it at the Scenic Rim Eat Local Week Winter Harvest Festival on Saturday July 1. It's also available to buy from the Flinders Peak Winery … [Read more...]

Moving focuses mind on what matters

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I’M writing this column from my home office crammed with boxes. Those boxes are bulging with the work and memories of the past 12 years of my life. We moved house on Saturday. There’s nothing like a big shift to focus your mind on the passing of time; on how quickly the years fly by; on how much life changes year to year. We arrived to this house the month prior to … [Read more...]

Sink your teeth into a food story

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FIFTEEN years ago I met a vegetable farmer from the Scenic Rim. He was one of the first full-time farmers I’d met. Prior to meeting him my only real exposure to farm life had been a school holiday visit to a Moree cotton farm with a school friend. I remember returning from Moree, to my cushy life on the Gold Coast, and exclaiming to my parents, ‘Who would be a farmer? … [Read more...]

Meet the farmer allergic to his produce

Rob Hutchings

Imagine being allergic to the product you farm? That's the situation for Scenic Rim crayfish farmer, Rob Hutchings. It wasn't always that way but Rob says after years of handling the native Australian crustacean, he's developed an allergy to his produce. It's so severe that he reacts just seconds after eating crayfish. Thankfully he can still handle crayfish and every … [Read more...]

Motto of a farmer’s wife: Be prepared for anything

Team Just Veg

There's a bit of an insider joke among farmers’ wives that when you marry a farmer be prepared to turn your hand to anything. Irrigating, tractor repairing, planting, drenching, smoko, book-keeping, school teaching, delivery driving … these are just some of the jobs a farmers’ wife may be called upon to do. I’ve been married to a vegetable farmer for the past 11 years and … [Read more...]