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...]

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...]

Craft, community and cake

Irish Skinner, Sue McFarlane and Olive Neuendorf

In the small Scenic Rim town of Kalbar old-fashioned crafts are being kept alive thanks to a group of women who meet every fortnight. The Kalbar Craft Group formed 33 years ago. The group is as much about friendship and community as it is about craft. I recently attended a Kalbar Craft Group meeting to speak with one of the original members, Olive Neuendorf and Kalbar … [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...]

The art of great conversation

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When was the last time you went to a social event without your mobile phone? Social media, for many, is anything but social. Sometimes when I'm out in a public place I stop and look to see how many people are walking or sitting while totally engrossed in their phone, oblivious to what's happening around them. I was recently invited to join a group of women who have been … [Read more...]