Whenever I shop for fresh fruit and veges, I am hunting for produce that ticks all these boxes:
I live a stone’s throw from citrus, pome and stone fruit orchards so I am lucky to be able to source a lot of my fruit directly from the grower. It’s much cheaper and fresher this way and comforting to know that all your money goes back into the pockets of the producer, not a middle man. Especially in summer, it is very easy to tick the first three boxes, but harder to find chemical free, organic or biodynamic produce.
Summer is an absolute bonanza when it comes to my favourite fruits – stone fruits! In October I drive past Enniskillen orchard when ever I can checking for the sign that says they’ve put out their peaches. They grow an early season, white fleshed, heritage variety and nothing tastes as sublime as that first peach of the summer. But after Christmas I like to take my girls up to Pine Crest Orchard so that we can pick our own fruit.
Once I had children my days of “popping in” anywhere were over. But as we drove up Bells Line of Road towards Bilpin I saw a sign for Blueberries and I had to pop in. (Blueberries are the food of choice for my one year old at present). There I met Louise at “The Local Harvest”. The blueberries were “chemical-free” as, she explained, she was a biodynamic farmer in the process of getting her farm accredited. I bought the berries for $22.50/kg (the ones in the fruit shop are $32-$40/kg) and I drove away with the glowing feeling that I had ticked all my boxes, given my money directly a farmer in my community and got a good deal on yummy, healthy food. Thanks Louise! I’ll be back!