I was in the CERES main office this week and there lyingcasually in a bowl on the lunch table were a couple of feijoas. I ate one thinking how lucky I was. A few minutes later down in CERES Honey Lane market garden our head farmer, Meg Stewart, took me aside to a waist high greeny grey bush and plucked off a couple of feijoas. First crop for this year, she said proudly handing them over. Soon after I got back to the warehouse and Josh, Fair Food's produce buyer, took me into the cool room to show me the feijoas Paul Haar had just delivered from his Archie's Creek farm. I looked over my shoulder half expecting a fully grown man in a feijoa suit to jump out from behind some bins of fujis. Josh asked if I was okay. I said I was fine but for the rest of the day I was on the lookout for signs of some sort of feijoa rapture.
I forgot about it until I got an urgent text this morning from Liz, who manages Fair Food's social media. Each year Liz announces the beginning of feijoa season on Instagram and Facebook. Usuallythere are a few excited responses from ex-pat Kiwi's but nothing special. This year it's been different, now I won't say feijoas broke the internet Kardashian-style but Liz reported a large and immediate response on Instagram including a unusually high number of emoticons.
Something is happening here. A couple of years ago when Cyclone Yasi wiped out the banana crop I tried to introduce the concept that feijoas were the new banana. I thought then it was pie-in-the-sky but now I'm not so sure.
Cast your vote - election day for FODMAP Friendly Box
Over the past two weeks one hundred and forty four of your "Better than Bowel Buddy" names flooded into the Fair Food email in-box. How we've laughed at the inappropriate ones, sighed at the cute ones and knitted our eyebrows at the downright obscure out of left field ones.
From the original 144 we filtered out the profane, the impossibly long, those with hard to substantiate health claims and the repeats (think lots of variations on yummy tum) into a final list of 22 that you see here before you today. Congratulations to those of you whose names made it through the long digestive tract like selection process and commiserations to those who gave their all but fell at the final intestinal hurdle. In no particular order the potential names are;
Cheerful bowel box
Gut soother box
Good gut box
FODMAP friendly box
Instant Belly Satisfaction IBS box
Happy tum box
Yummy tummy box
Happy belly box
Irrestible for the irritable box
Love my guts box
Farewell flatulence box
Grinning gut box
Bowel benefiter box
Putting FOD on the map box
Bloat blaster box
Stop the bloats box
You got that fodmap feelin' good guts box
Battle in the biome box
Back door box
Simply stomach salvation box
Gut guardian box
To vote just select your favourite name and email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Voting closes this Wednesday 22nd April. We'll announce the winner of the $100 Fair Food voucher the next day and also launch the soon to be named said box at the same time.
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