Our ancestors knew this season very, very well indeed; it was the time of year to make friends with turnips or some other survival food that would see them through the winter famine. It's that season now and there is no better time to begin a relationship with a turnip, a swede, perhaps a parsnip or a kohl rabi. I'm into winter, I love the way that the foods that are in season are often the ones you really suited to keeping you well or warm - the feijoas,citrus and kiwi full of vitamin C or all those root vegetables and dark winter greens perfect for slow cooked stews and soups that you eat and add to through the week.
Now with refrigeration, canning & bottling, season extending greenhouses we go without over winter in a very limited way. And if I find myself bemoaning the lack of winter variety in my fridge or fruit bowl I stop for a moment and try giving a nod to our ancestor farmers, who dreamed each year for 600 generations since the dawn of agricultural time of having enough food to get through to the next harvest. And that usually does it.
Welcome new Food Hosts
Jesse, Fair Food's logistics manager, (that's him posing with a truck) sent an email through on Friday saying, "let the people know we have new Food Hosts!" For the record the new host locations are:
Edina Grove, Altona Meadows
Thursday 5-8pm ( welcome Chamilka)
Hansen St, Altona North
Thursday 5-8pm (welcome Christian)
Both are open on-line now for their first delivery this Thursday, July 31st. So if you're picking up your order in Altona or Altona Meadows say hi to your new Food Hosts, Chamika and Christian same goes if you bump into a fellow Fair Food customer because special things can happen at Food Hosts. Last week I was picking up my small mixed box from my Food Host's front porch. It was really dark because the Host's power was out but a fellow Fair Food customer with a mobile phone torch helped me locate my box, I thanked him, we gathered our groceries and went our separate ways. It was just a little thing, anyone would have done it but it's these small acts of goodness that build a strong neighbourhood, that trigger us to help others when it's our turn. Just little things.....
The Fair Food crew say send back your boxes and eskies
One of the easiest things we can do to minimise our waste is by flat-packing and leaving out our Fair Food boxes and eskies for pick up, either where your home delivery is dropped or at your Food Host. Above all else at Fair Food we love to reuse packaging (maybe that's a stretch but we like it a lot) and if your box and esky are clean and in good shape we'll use them again and if not we'll recycle them.
Have a great week
Got issues? Loves, pet hates? Let us know. Our new-and-amazingly-awesome Customer Service person, Sue, is here to help. So don't be shy.