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Transition Darebin Urban Food Swap

This Saturday 13th June come to the food swap from 11 am to 12 noon at 251 High St Northcote (garden of Uniting Church). Meet like minded people and swap/share vegetables, fruit, flowers, seeds, seedlings, jams, chutney, sauces, handmade soaps etc.
Fruit Squad
If you have no garden produce to share, then you can bring something you baked to share.
It’s about building community as much as sharing produce.

This food swap happens monthly on the second Saturday.

11 June, 2015 at 2:58 pm Leave a comment

A-picking we did go

Early yesterday morning, a group of 12 adults and 6 children set off for a berry picking adventure. We went up the windy road to the lower hills of the Strzelecki ranges and found that the Sunny Creek Organic berry farm was a little cooler than the highway we had transcended from.

The day started with  a talk on the history and setting up of the permaculture designed property by one of the owners, Phil. We learnt of the importance of frogs and bees to the organic berry farmer, why currants will grow under chestnut trees but raspberries won’t, and how to tell a golden raspberry plant from a red raspberry, even before it fruits. Most importantly for our purposes on the day, we learnt how to judge a berry for immediate eating versus one for keeping a few days or freezing.

Then it was time to pick and be merry. Everyone had a bucket to fill, and there were oodles of beautiful plump berries to be had – silvan berries, boysenberries, youngberries, blackberries (all types of brambles), a rainbow of raspberries (yellow, red, purple and black) some red currants and a smattering of blueberries.

It was a perfect temperature for picking and we were in under the nets reaching for large clusters of berries, some so ripe that they fell off their stalk as soon as they were touched (then you had to ferret in the undergrowth to save them!). Of course a fair amount of berry grazing was done along the way, encouraged by the owner, who suggested we savour the sharper, more acidic, less ripe fruit and compare it with its more fully ripened and darker neighbour.

The owners gave us a lovely spot to have morning tea and our picnic lunch, and the children had a lovely time seeking adventures in the nearby bush and looking for tree frogs in the pond.

After weighing and packing our bounty, we wandered our separate ways home with our berry treasures, some stopping off in Yarragon on the way for a cuppa, and others checking out the new foal on a local farm, all determined to add one or two varieties of berry to our gardens next spring.

Perhaps the apple season will take us for another venture up into the hills– cox’s orange pippins and Canadian cider apples await.  We will keep you posted re picking season for the apple crop and highly recommend the quality of the berries and berry picking experience at Sunny Creek.

Rachel and Jos
(on behalf of the fun_raising group)

Youngberry pickers

Youngberry pickers

Boysenberries

Boysenberries

Buckets of goodness

Buckets of goodness

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31 December, 2010 at 4:45 pm Leave a comment

Chutney Workshop #1

They came, they chopped, they chutneyed!

On Sunday 28th February a team of dedicated Transitioners converted a box of locally-grown tomatoes donated by Yellow Box Organics into bottles of tasty chutney to be served at the Darebin Kite Festival.

While we are not much closer to understanding the difference between a relish, a pickle and a chutney, we did learn to chutneyfy almost anything using our taste buds, a simple sweet-acid-salt-spice formula and a very easy bottling technique that can also be used for jams, fruit and other preserves.

Check out these pictures as the workshop unfolded…

ChutneyWorkshop1-kate

chopping tomatoes

Into the pot

onions cooking

stirring

ladling

full jar

jars

Would you like to learn how to preserve, or perhaps have food skills to share? Contact Transition Darebin!

1 March, 2010 at 3:17 am Leave a comment


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