June | 4 seasons in one month

Produce to the People Tasmania June reading stack of books

Ah June, you’ve been all over the place haven’t you? Sunny day, rainy day, grey day, rainbow day.  Perfect for catching up on some good gardening reading and planning.

Mulching has also been high on my list of things to do and I have finally got my hands on some hay to stamp out the darn weeds that come up around my raised veggie beds. Cardboard followed by hay…lets see how that works!

I discovered this fab app the other day.  It’s from Gardening Australia, its free and it helps you plan your veggie garden. Did you see PttP on Gardening Australia the other day? (Episode 13  – 08/06/2013) What fun.

I also came across this fabulous piece at Modern Farmer, it’s a 45-page ode to organic farming, hand-penned by Amish farmer Joni Miller.

It’s great to see so many Tasmanian finalists in this years delicious produce awards!  I can’t believe a year has passed since I was up in Brisbane collecting the inaugural ABC Local Radio Community award. One of the finalists is Kindred Organics, they grow quinoa here in the NW, here’s 14 quinoa recipes for you to try via Bon Appetit Magazine.

It might have seemed a little quiet around PttP HQ lately. But LOTS of background “stuff” is being done – final reports being written, meetings being had, proposals being emailed! I hope to announce some very good news very soon. 

In the meantime…

Did you know we have local fejjoa growers in our North West?  In case you get your hands on some here’s a lovely recipe via local is lovely:

Feijoa and ginger muffins

Prep time 10 mins
Cook time 25 mins
Makes 12
This really is a good basic muffin recipe, so if like my Mum, you aren’t a feijoa fan, please swap them out with another seasonal fruit.

2 1/4 cups self-raising flour
1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda
1 tsp ground ginger
1 1/4 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
3/4 cup brown sugar
120g butter, melted
1 cup feijoas, peeled and roughly chopped

Preheat oven to 180C and grease or line a 12-hole muffin tray with paper cases. Sift dry ingredients together in a large bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, sugar and butter until well combined. Gently fold the wet and dry ingredients together and add the feijoas, stirring until just combined. Divide the batter between the muffin holes and bake for 25 minutes or until muffins are golden and cooked through.

 

Our latest Passionate Producers..Blue Penguin Wines

I had the pleasure of visiting Marji Irish this week at Blue Penguin Farm.  She had some beautiful produce to donate to Produce to the People and we got to take a tour of the farm!

The property is gorgeous, Marji was wonderful, we got some beautiful produce, tried their limoncello AND I scored a bottle of chardonnay to try. Win!

Head on over to our Passionate Producers page to check out the Blue Penguin Farm story. It’s fabulous.

 

PS:  The BLUE PENGUIN WINES POP-UP STORE is OPENING IN PENGUIN. FREE TASTINGS in a casual, gritty, no frills setting. Opening on Sunday, 24th February, 10-3, in the store across from the Penguin Bakery. Come in for free tastings of all of  current vintages, including their, luscious, hand-made Limoncello.

 

October 2012 : grown, gathered, given

 

This October we gathered a mammoth:

2935 kilos of fresh veggies.

75 kilos of bread.

7 dozen eggs.

516 kilos of produce from our supermarket partners.

I decided to do a little market value analysis and found that the produce we gathered, if purchased over the counter would come to over a gobsmacking $18,000. For just one month.

It got me thinking about the impact this has on the organisations we deliver to. Not only are 30 places stretched along the North West Coast receiving beautiful produce each week, giving it to their individual community, cooking with it in their food programs, they also must be saving lots of money from their budgets. It has to be making an impact on their bottom line.

We are so happy to continue to make a difference in this most beautiful part of the State.

 

Did you read the story about the latest stats from the ABS?   “About 7 in 10 Tasmanians (352,300) not eating enough fruit/vegetables. Up by 28,000 in four years.” I like to think Produce to the People is making a little dent in those stats.

 

 

We were on the radio again!  This time at the home of Devonport PTTP’er Tania. If you want to hear even more about what we do, have a listen.

 

 

And finally we put the call out and you responded! We made it to 600 “likers” on our facebook page.

What will November hold? Watch this space.

That’s it for now,

grow, gather, give

Penelope