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Fair Food's Pear to Peer Network

 
I was talking this week to John Mustafa from Petty’s Orchard in Templestowe about their season.  With only the Lady Williams and persimmons to come John and his father, Sam, are coming to the end of picking now.  John says it’s been a bit of a light year for apples but there have been plenty of beurre bosc pears, which you’ll see in many of our set boxes this week as well as in the web store.  I’m eating one as I write this, sliced up with cheese, quince paste or an Easter egg they’re my favourite pear.  

Before John took over the farm I always loved spending time with his father Sam at his wholesale market stand.  Sam's semi-retired but he still helps out on the farm every week.  With his smiling moon face, I feel like hugging him every time I see him.  Sam came to Australia as a young man from Albania.  His tales of growing up poor in rural Albania (he didn’t have proper shoes or pants until he was nine) and his early days in Victoria digging fields of potatoes by hand remind you of the life so many migrants experienced in the 50’s and 60’s.  Sam eventually saved enough to buy his own stone fruit orchard in Kyabram.  After raising his family he sold up and came to Melbourne to manage Petty’s in the early 2000’s and has been there ever since.

Petty’s is a hidden agricultural gem right in the city.  And the beautiful thing about it is it's totally accessible. Set in parkland on the Yarra River the orchard is open to the public and has one of Victoria’s largest collections of heritage apples.  Petty’s operate a farm shop and organic café and if you time your visit right you’ll see kangaroos hopping down the tree rows.   At the moment John has seven different heritage apples, pears, persimmons, and the last of his plums for sale.  Pruning starts in May, blossoms are out in September and October and harvest goes from just before Christmas to April.

You can find Petty's at 1 Homestead Rd Templestowe Melways ref 22 A12 Open Thursday to Sunday 9-5.30pm
 
 

Help Name our FODMAP Friendly Box




We have a problem at Fair Food – it’s The Intolerant Box – basically it’s so broad in its focus that it doesn’t really address anybody’s intolerances and it’s also too big.  So we’ve decided to go back to the drawing board and develop a new more focussed box, a FODMAP friendly box that’s more the size of our popular Small Mixed Fruit and Veg box.

What is FODMAP friendly, you say?  FODMAPs are Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols (rolls off the tongue doesn’t it).  For many people (about 1 in 10) these fructose molecules are poorly absorbed by their small intestines and the unabsorbed fructose ending up in the large intestine where it’s fermented by bacteria causing abdominal bloating, distension, excessive flatulence, abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhoea, constipation, or a combination of both and other gastro-intestinal symptoms. 

In the 1990’s Melbourne scientist, Dr Sue Shepherd, found that limiting high FODMAP foods was an effective treatment for people suffering from fructose malabsorbtion or irritable bowel syndrome as it’s commonly known.    The diet which is based on lists of FODMAP friendly foods  can sometimes seem counter intuitive; for instance you can eat cabbage all the time, broccoli sometimes but cauliflower not at all but it has been embraced worldwide as one of the few effective treatments for IBS.

The upshot of all this is we are following Dr Shepherd’s produce guidelines for our new FODMAP friendly box, the only thing is we don’t have a name to go with it.  So far the best we’ve come up with is the Bowel Buddy Box, yeah, yeah it’s terrible we know but we think you can do better.  Last year in our time of need you helped us name the Mini Box.   This year we’re asking for your help again to name our new FODMAP friendly box and for the most popular name we'll give a $100 Fair Food Voucher.

So email your new name or name selections to A Better Name than Bowel Buddy competition.  The winner will be selected by popular vote and receive a $100 Fair Food Voucher– click here to send your entry.
 
 

Thanks for sharing

I’ve just finished reading all your individual comments, which is my favourite part of our annual survey.  Thanks to the 397 of you for all the product & service suggestions, all the ways we can do things better, the produce feedback, the lovely encouragement and yes more than anything I hear you are all really looking forward to our new swap in/out of the box system. 

And another big thanks to Cocoa Rhapsody, our favourite local chocolatier, for making the delicious survey incentives.
 
Over the next two weeks we’ll be compiling our to-do list of jobs, products to get, things to do over the next year and share them with you. 


 
Have a great week


Chris 
 

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