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:
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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enquiries: Camberwell Library by phone (9278 4666).
Further information: LFC calendar entry.
Summary of upcoming events
Over the next week
- Backyard chooks for beginners: Wednesday, 13th April, 10am-midday.
- Cool season vegetables: Thursday, 14th April, 11am-midday.
- Health, wealthy & wise: making food fun: Thursday, 14th April, 4-5pm.
- Herbs for health: Thursday, 14th April, 7-8pm.
- Setting up and maintaining a worm farm: Friday, 15th April, 3-5pm.
- Biodynamic course (two-day): Saturday, 16th April and Sunday 17th April, 9.30am-4.30pm.
- Food garden planning in Melbourne’s climate (Forest Hill): Saturday, 16th April, 10.15am.
- Food garden planning in Melbourne’s climate (Box Hill South): Saturday, 16th April, 11.45am.
- Fruit tree pruning workshop: Saturday, 16th April, 1-5pm.
- Sustainable home-grown garlic: Saturday, 16th April, 2-3.30pm.
- Beekeeping taster: Sunday, 17th April, 10am-12.30pm.
- Introduction to horticulture – 9 session course: Monday, 18th April, 9.30am-3pm.
- Artisan pasta: fettuccini and ravioli: Wednesday, 20th April, 10am-1pm.
Over the next month
- Heide’s kitchen garden: Thursday, 21st April, 11am-midday.
- Italian cooking workshop: Thursday, 21st April, 10am-1pm.
- Permablitz 179 (Doncaster).: Saturday, 23rd April, 9am-4.30pm.
- Soil matters: Saturday, 23rd April, 2-4.30pm.
- Rejuvenate your soils after a hot summer: Wednesday, 27th April, 7-9pm.
- Wicking bed workshop: Saturday, 30th April, 9.30am-5pm.
- Sourdough bread making workshop: Saturday, 30th April, 10am-1pm.
- Preserving olives (Alphington): Sunday, 1st May, 9.30am-midday.
- Ian Culbard on permaculture design and practice: Tuesday, 3rd May, 7.15-9.15pm.
- How to make sense of food labels: Thursday, 5th May, 9.30-11am.
- Home composting and worm farming: Thursday, 5th May, 10-11.30am.
- Living longer the Mediterranean way: Thursday, 5th May, 2-3pm.
- Setting up and maintaining a worm farm: Friday, 6th May, 3-5pm.
- Permablitz 180 (Thornbury): Saturday, 7th May, 9am-4pm.
- Samira El Khafir: cooking with love: Monday, 9th May, 6.30-7.30pm.
- Delicious ajvar: Monday, 9th May, 6.30-8pm.
- Mooroolbark growers & weeders present: “bee-keeping for the beginner”: Tuesday, 10th May, 2-3pm.
- Angie Chong: I love dumplings: Tuesday, 10th May, 6.30-7.30pm.
- Introduction to homemade wine making: Tuesday, 10th May, 6.30-7.45pm.
- Think health … think spelt!: Tuesday, 10th May, 6.30-8pm.
- Backyard honey workshop: Tuesday, 10th May, 6.30-8.30pm.
- Shop ethical: Tuesday, 10th May, 7.30-9pm.
- Sun Hyland: sensational sauces from scratch: Wednesday, 11th May, 6.30-7.30pm.
- An African feast: Wednesday, 11th May, 6.30-8pm.
- Keeping chickens in a suburban backyard: Wednesday, 11th May, 7-9pm.
- Rita Erlich in conversation with Cameron Smith: Thursday, 12th May, 6.30-7.30pm.
- A Tamil feast: Thursday, 12th May, 6.30-8pm.
- Italian meat ball demonstration and tasting: Friday, 13th May, 7-8pm.
- Backyard chooks for beginners: Saturday, 14th May, 10am-midday.
- A taste of Spain: Saturday, 14th May, 11am-midday.
- Pasta making for kids: Saturday, 14th May, 11am-midday.
- Make your own Vietnamese rice paper rolls for kids: Saturday, 14th May, 1-2pm.
- Meet the Makers showcase: Saturday, 14th May, 1-4pm.
- Cooking with quinces: Saturday, 14th May, 2-3.30pm.
- Olive preserving: Saturday, 14th May, 2-3.30pm.
- Streetside brew: Saturday, 14th May, 2.30-6pm.
- Tibetan soul: Sunday, 15th May, 4.30-5.30pm.
- Organic backyard chook keeping: Sunday, 15th May, 10-11.30am.
- A taste of Autumn / Winter home produce at the Plummery: Sunday, 15th May, midday-1pm.
- Fermented beverages workshop: Sunday, 15th May, 2-4pm.