Feb 282014

Local food-related events

home_harvestHarvest Month

It begins this Saturday, with Food Swaps at Diamond Creek, Heidelberg West, and Rivers of Yarrambat as well as a local Food Tasting held at the Bolton Street Deli, all starting at 10am. Check the Harvest month calendar for more details of displays, talks, tastings, a film night, a harvest skill share and of course the Home Harvest Feast for home growers and their family. St Andrews Market is on as usual Saturday morning, and the Hurstbridge swap and farmers’ market on Sunday.

Local producers represented at the Bolton Street Deli tastings will be: Hildebrand Grove – Arthurs Creek – olive oil; Kylie’s Bread – Christmas Hills – artisan organic bread; Shaws Road Winery – Arthurs Creek; Under The Pickle Tree – Panton Hill – relishes, sauces & pastes.

Diamond Creek Community Expo

Sunday March 2, 4:30 – 7pm. Come and taste our cool herbal teas, local tomato snacks and herb pikelets and take away some coffee grounds, comfrey leaves and lots of friendly information about connecting with local food! See you there.


Briar Hill Primary school students are looking for donations of lemons to make their famous cordial for the Feast Day. If you are able to donate lemons, please email Kirsty.Merritt@nillumbik.vic.gov.au

Caring for fruit trees

Improve the yield from your fruit trees. The session will cover integrated pest management, soil improvement, watering and netting. Edendale, March 15, 2-4pm. Bookings 9433 3711. Cost $25.

Eltham Farmers’ Market

Opens on Sunday April 13, and will be open the second and fourth Sundays of each month.

Lettuces Any Day You Like

Other food activities/information

Succession in vegetable planting

If you are interested in a well described process of having lettuce’s all year, go to Linda Woodrow’s blog, the Witches Kitchen! However, Linda does live in the north coast of NSW!

Ceres 2014 Harvest Festival

Saturday 22nd March 10am -6pm.

It offers a range of entertainment with live music, performance, free workshops, animal displays and kids activities. All this alongside food and craft stalls from their most loved local merchants.

Pretty looking sugar-free drinks

from this site.

Local Harvest Food Miles Challenge

We have 5 people and their families from the LFC community taking part in the food challenge run by Local Harvest in early April. Are there any more of you out there willing to commit to sourcing some or all of a week’s worth of food from a 100 mile radius? Check out Local Harvest for details. Let us know at info@localfoodconnect.org.au if you register and we can share where we are sourcing food from.