Apr 132016

Boots, farmers’ markets and prizes

The wearing of boots can (vaguely!) be considered to be a metaphor of the connection between local farmers and the public. As per last week’s newsletter, we celebrated the wearing of boots at Eltham Farmers’ Market on 10th April. You can view a selection of the boots here. Here are the 3 major winners plus 3 of the other photos:

 lucy  chris  karin
Winner: best photo
Prize: bag of market produce
Winner: in need of new boots
Prize: a pair of new boots
Winner: random draw
Prize: bag of market produce
 felicity 1  gillian's dog  nicola
Felicity’s gardening boots Gillian’s dog Nicola and children

Lucy and Karen will be collecting their prizes at the 24th April market. Chris will be ordering his boots from Blundstone, who have kindly donated them.

Whilst on the subject of photo galleries, have a look at our new market dog gallery.

Two yummy new recipes

Kobi Ruzicka, from the Little Drop of Poison, cooked two rather delicious dishes at the market using produce from the stalls. Here are the recipes:

If you have never been there, the Little Drop of Poison is well worth a visit: both a cafe and a bar, it opens early in the morning and closes late at night. The food is unusual, as is the vertical cactus garden (by Local Food Connect member, Nathan Ezard). The only place in Victoria to serve cherry cider! Down a little alleyway (St Laurence Lane) off Main Road, Eltham.

Finally, something that has been bugging me for ages: why do recipes rarely contain the words “the” or “a” (at least until I get my hands on them)? Is it some sort of rule? Who decided?

Here is what someone called Stefan Diemer said on the demise of the definite article in a paper entitled Recipes and food discourse in English – a historical menu: “Some syntactical features remain universal diachronically while others, like the ellipsis of the definite article, are comparatively recent developments.” It isn’t often that I read a sentence where I have to look up the meaning of at least three of the words!

Upcoming community gardening working bees

On 18th April at 2pm, a number of us will be doing the winter planting of the planter boxes at Arthur Street in Eltham. If you would like to join us, that would be (more than) great. It shouldn’t be at all onerous! If potentially interested, email me.

There are other working bees this coming weekend at Bellfield community garden and St Johns, Heidelberg and they would also love to see you.

Finally, the planter box team in Diamond Creek are short of people. If you are potentially interested in being part of the team, or helping on an ad hoc basis, please email Pam Jenkins.

New events

Biodynamic course (two-day)

What: A 2-day course covering: Rudolf Steiner and the Biodynamic Movement – 8 Steiner lectures; biodynamic preparation 500 / burying cow horns / stirring and spraying; biodynamic compost – the preparations and making the compost; cosmic nutrition, seed saving and collecting; the planting calendar and nature’s rhythms, Gothean science; biodynamic peppering – plant, insect and vermin elimination; and elementals, intention, mycelium, weeds, mosses, lichen, tree paste.
When: Saturday, 16th April and Sunday 17th April, 9.30am-4.30pm. The course will be repeated on the weekends of 11th/12th June, 6th/7th August, and 15th/16th October.
Where: Warranwood.
Cost: $290.
Enquiries: Grit by phone (0477 408665) or email.
Bookings: Cheques, cash, electronic transfer, Paypal or credit card – see the LFC calendar entry for details.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Food garden planning in Melbourne’s climate

What: As part of the Forest Hill and Box Hill South Urban Harvest food swaps, Karen Sutherland, of Edible Eden Designs, will be giving a short workshop on ‘Food garden planning in Melbourne’s climate’. Karen is well known in gardening and permaculture circles. She has been growing food for many years and her suburban garden has been featured in TV programmes and newspapers.
When: Saturday, 16th April, 10.15am (Forest Hill) and 11.45am (Box Hill South).
Where: Forest Hill and Box Hill South.
Cost: free.
Bookings: just turn up.
Further information: LFC calendar entries – Forest Hill and Box Hill South.

Fruit tree pruning

What: After an introduction to pruning and how fruit trees grow, watch demonstrations and then gain practical experience in pruning deciduous fruit trees. Learn the why, when and how of pruning. This 4-hour workshop will balance both the theory and practice of deciduous fruit tree pruning. It will be useful for those wishing to learn how to prune their deciduous fruit trees correctly in order to maximise yield and reduce pests and disease. Dress for the outdoors and bring along your own secateurs.
When: Wednesday, 8th June, 10am-2pm and Saturday, 18th June, 1-5pm.
Where: Edendale.
Cost: $50.
Enquiries: Edendale by phone (9433 3711) or email.
Bookings: Edendale website.
Further information: Edendale website.

Healthy eating as a way of life

What: Judy Davie is the founder of The Food Coach, a website dedicated to inspiring people to eat healthily. She will be talking about her latest book The greengrocer’s diet: what starts as a diet can become a way of life which shows how easy it is to eat healthily and how delicious healthy food can be.
When: Wednesday, 8th June, 7-8pm.
Where: Camberwell.
Cost: free
Enquiries: Camberwell Library by phone (9278 4666).
Bookings: Eventbrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Summary of upcoming events

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