Jul 242018

Hurstbridge Deli & Larder

Nina Gormley has written in to tell us all about a new deli in Hurstbridge: “Hurstbridge Deli & Larder opened in December last year and is located in Parker Road, Hurstbridge (behind the real estate agent in what used to be the Mechanics). It has been refurbished and is now a successful shop/cafe. They have lots of delicious food such as pasta (fresh homemade as well as dry and frozen), pasta sauces, antipasto, soft & hard cheeses, smoked products, frozen pies, pastries and a small range of specialty meats such as gammon, Irish sausages, steak & double smoked bacon. They also make coffee and stock some produce that is local to the area. They are open 6 days a week (Mon-Fri: 8am-6:30 pm and Saturday: 8:30am-6pm). They also have both a website and a Facebook page. In summary, Hurstbridge Deli & Larder is well worth a visit whether you are after something to take home for dinner or after a sit down meal or snack.” Read their Local Food Directory entry. Thanks Nina! And welcome Sheree and Noel!

[Editor’s note: watch this video interview of owners Sheree and Noel. Also, watch some videos of other Hurstbridge eateries and food shops on the Hurstbridge Village Youtube channel.

[Editor’s second note: the local food producers whose products Hurstbridge Deli & Larder stock include Caffe Strada, Doreen Egg Farm, That’s Amore Cheese, Under The Pickle Tree, Yarra Valley Dairy and Yarra Valley Tea Company.]

Judy interviews Audrey Beard

Audrey Beard is the new Community Garden Coordinator at Span Community House in Thornbury and Judy Vizzari recently interviewed her. Audrey’s interest in edible gardening apparently started at a young age (“In primary school we were given a project where we had to grow a broad bean at home. The first day I saw it popping its little head above the soil I was just so excited!“) and has since developed into a career (e.g. completing a Permaculture Certificate III course at TAFE and running a market garden in Healesville). Read the full interview.

Robin’s tip of the month – early heritage tomatoes

At this time of year – late July/early August – Bunnings sell a small range of heritage tomatoes from Diggers. You will find them in the indoor nursery section and this is for a very good reason: it is far too early to plant them out. However, if you have a greenhouse, or perhaps a sunny verandah, planting these early tomatoes in large pots of compost will give you advanced plants for putting in your garden in October, or even September if the weather is good and frosts unlikely.

One advantage of doing this is that, as the plant grows, laterals will develop. Laterals are the shoots that grow between the main stem and a side branch. Normally they are pinched out to strengthen the plant. However, leave them until they are around 6cm long, pinch them out, plant them in potting mix and water well. Water each day and, within a week or two, you will have new plants with strong roots to plant out for no extra cost.

A second advantage is that you could have tomatoes by Cup Day in early November! Traditionally, Cup Day has been the day that Melbournians are advised to plant out their tomatoes so you could be harvesting whilst your neighbours are only just planting!

Read all of Robin’s tips.

What seeds to plant in August

Here is a list (see the planting guide for more detail):

Leafy greens

Mustard greens


Spring onions

Warm season veggies



Globe artichoke

As Spring begins to beckon, the list begins to grow. Note that, as per Robin’s tip, the warm season veggies can only be planted if under cover in seed trays.

A number of us, including Gembrook Potatoes, have been discussing when to plant potatoes. Potatoes grow best over summer, and therefore the best time to plant them is in Spring. However, they can sensibly be planted in any month apart from Winter (June and July). Given that it is actually quite difficult to store potatoes successfully in Melbourne for long periods of time without them sprouting, succession planting throughout the year is a good approach. After thinking about all this, I have amended the planting guide to extend the planting period for potatoes. So, now you can start planting potatoes in August!


Newsletter reader Katrina Forstner has just been interviewed by ShareWaste. ShareWaste aims to connect people who wish to recycle their kitchen scraps with their neighbours who are already composting, worm-farming or keep chickens. If you look at their map of members, you will see that there are lots of members in Banyule, Darebin and Moreland (although I am apparently the only member living in Eltham!).

Buying dried herbs

In response to last week’s question about possible sources of coriander, Gillian Essex suggested the Austral Herbs online shop. It has a massive range of dried herbs including, for example, 367(!) different Certified Organic ones.

Are you a waste warrior?

As part of this year’s season of War on Waste, the ABC are looking for waste warriors to share their stories, be it by text, photo or video. Closing date: 5th August. Read more and submit your material.

Report: Food for thought

Foodprint Melbourne has released a new report, Food for thought: Challenges and opportunities for farming in Melbourne’s foodbowl.

Which link was clicked most times in the last newsletter?

Ben’s Bees’ online shop.

Proverb of the month

Butter wouldn’t melt in his/her mouth. Original meaning (for the 16th Century): prim and proper, with a cool demeanour. Current alternative meaning: appears to be sweet and innocent but is actually unkind, devious or insincere. The change in meaning appears to have happened because some of the famous authors who used the phrase followed it with a ‘but’. For example, Jonathan Swift in 1738: “She looks as if butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth but, I warrant, cheese won’t choke her …” and William Makepeace Thackeray in 1850: “When a visitor comes in, she smiles and languishes, you’d think that butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth; and the minute he is gone, very likely, she flares up like a little demon, and says things fit to send you wild …”. The end result is that some people now use the phrase to mean “devious or insincere” whilst others mean “sweet and innocent” – almost polar opposites! So, it’s not a good phrase for you to use.

Read all the proverbs.

Gardening quote of the month

We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” by Abraham Lincoln.

Read all the quotes.

Joke of the week

What is small, red and whispers? A hoarse radish.

Read all the jokes.

New events

Cooking demo with Dani Venn

What: Dani Venn will cook some dishes for all to try.
When: Saturday, 4th August, at 11-11.40am, midday-12.40pm and 1-1.40pm.
Where: Greensborough Plaza.
Cost: free.
Bookings: just turn up.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Grafting workshop

What: Join Troy Dawes of Jeltro Cottage Permaculture to learn all about heritage fruit tree grafting. The subjects to be covered will include: starting a home orchard on a budget, grafting multiple varieties to one tree, grafting techniques, tools, and choosing the right rootstock.
When: Saturday, 1st September, 3-5pm.
Where: Central Ringwood Community Centre.
Cost: $20.
Bookings: by phone (9870 2602).
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

The art of macarons with Emelia Jackson

What: You will learn: how to make the perfect macaron shells; how to make an impressive macaron raspberry cake; and failures in macarons and how to avoid them. Snacks & sparkling on arrival, tart & bruschetta to eat while you watch.
When: Friday, 7th September, 7-9pm.
Where: Gourmet Living, Templestowe.
Cost: $64.
Bookings: EventBrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Food waste recycling with Cultivating Community

What: The statistics on annual food waste in Victoria are staggering, each year we throw out enough food to fill Melbourne’s Eureka Tower. That’s 250,000 tonnes of food going into our bins and into landfill every year. In this presentation, Cultivating Community will inspire you to create change locally to impact globally. They will provide you with solutions that you can easily implement to avoid food wastage in the first place. And for the unavoidable food waste that occurs, they will explore the different options for household food waste recycling so that you can choose the right option for your circumstances.
When: Wednesday, 19th September, 7-9pm.
Where: Box Hill Town Hall.
Cost: free.
Bookings: EventBrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Summary of upcoming events

Over the next week
Over the next month

View the complete calendar of upcoming events.

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