Week 3 – Eat Tassie Fruit and Vegetables

This is probably the easiest of the Challenges given the spectacular range and quality of produce on our doorstep in Tassie.

This is a great week to think about planting some of your own fruit and veg too.  Sustainable Living Tasmania has a basic guide to gardening in Tasmania, which includes a planting guide to show you what can go in the ground this week.

If you’d prefer instant gratification, there are loads of Veggie Box schemes that you can access to have fresh Tassie produce weekly.

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Check these out:

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  • 1. Channel Living has a veggie box scheme in the Channel (Woodbridge) area.
  • 2. Source Community Wholefoods Cooperative at UTAS Sandy Bay campus has a weekly fruit & veg box scheme. $25 collected or $30 delivered in Hobart area.
  • 3. Backyard Bounty have totally Tasmanian vegie boxes, $30 or $40 options, pick-up or delivery to all suburbs of Hobart, Clarence, Glenorchy and Kingborough.
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And don’t forget that we have a Tassievore Store Directory that you can access via our website to get a more detailed list of places where you can access local fruit and veg.

Finally…it is time to start thinking about next week’s challenge – Host a Tassievore Meal for your friends/family.  We’d love to hear about your menu plans,comments from your guests and see some photos!  One lucky person, who shares their story with us, will get 2 Free tickets to Sustainable Living Tasmania’s 4th Annual Living Local Feast, which will be held in Hobart on Saturday, 12 April.

 

Week 2 – Shop Local

Well Tassievores – we are kicking off our challenge for Week 2 – shopping at locally owned businesses. And so many great places to choose from!  Have a look at our Local Food Directory for ideas. This is not a comprehensive list at all – just a few suggestions of some local stores to visit to find some delicious products. We would love to hear about the many others.

Shopping locally is good for so many reasons.  It is good for the community – you get to know the people living and working in your local area and feel more connected.  It is good for you – shopping at locally owned businesses means that you will likely have better access to information about your food, where it comes from, who grew it and how it was raised. Locally owned businesses are generally more responsive to requests from customers about what they would like to see stocked.  And, very importantly, It is good for the economy!

There is a theory called the “Local Economic Multiplier Effect“, which has been publicised by American Economist, Micheal Shumen. Basically, study’s have shown that buying local products at locally owned businesses keeps money circulating closer to where you live. This creates a ripple effect as those businesses and their employees in turn spend their money locally. It is estimated that local businesses return more than 3 times the amount of money back into the local economy, compared to corporate chains or other absentee-owned businesses.

We are so lucky in Tasmania that we do still have many small locally owned businesses.  Even if you live in an area that has limited local food outlets, you can choose the Tasmanian brands on offer by the larger chains.  And there’s always swapping over the fence :-)

So, please get out there and support your local! One of them, Hill St Grocer have generously donated some local goodies for this week’s prize hamper so, get shopping, share your stories and upload those photos to our facebook page for your chance to win!!

Thanks to everyone for contributing to our Week 1 stories…there were some fabulous firsts shared – from pickling and raw zucchini noodles to roasted dandelion tea as a coffee substitute.  We have been truly inspired by your stories, please keep them coming!

Week 1 Challenge – Try Something New

 

Welcome to Week 1 of the Tassievore Eat Local Challenge in 2014.  So, we thought we’d take this opportunity to espouse on one of our staple Tassievore grains…

Quinoa (pronouned “Keen-wah”) is an ancient Aztec grain grown in the Andes of South America. As it’s health benefits have been widely recognised throughout the world and export demand and grown, this staple crop has become unaffordable to the populations who have subsisted on it for millennia.  BUT thanks to innovative Tasmanian farmers,Kindred Organics, this superfood is now grown locally and is one of the few gluten free grains that is grown here. 

Quinoa is extremely versitile and can be used for everything from breakfast porridge and veggie salads to rice substitutes and even used in cakes and crumbles for dessert. Quinoa is the perfect Tasmanian food to experiment with and TRY SOMETHING NEW during Week 1 of the Tassievore Eat Local Challenge! The possibilities are endless and delicious!

Check out these Quinoa Recipes on Taste.com for inspiration.

We look forward to hearing of your Tassievore adventures!

Adventures in Primary Schools in the NW

Produce to the People is a proud Tassievore partner.

We have been working in Primary Schools for a couple of years now in the NW of the State, not only delivering lovely fresh, locally grown veggies each week, but also running veggie garden workshops on a regular basis.

Early next week 20 schools will be receiving parcels of seeds kindly donated by Urban Farming Tasmania.  These seeds will be used in further veggie garden adventures in established gardens, and for those schools that have no veggie patch, well these seeds might just provide the impetus to get started.

A little while back I interviewed some students about veggies and gardening, here are their thoughts:

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What is your favourite vegetable to eat?

Darren, 9 years old: carrot

Sharlie, 12 years old: that’s hard, um probably potato

Kirby, 12 years old: carrots

T’Keyah, 7 years old:  mashed potato

Connor, 11 years old: carrots

What is your favourite way to eat it?

Darren, 9 years old:  cooked and cut

Sharlie, 12 years old: mashed….baked potato

Kirby, 12 years old: by themselves peeled

T’Keyah, 7 years old:  mashed

Connor, 11 years old:  cooked

Is there a vegetable you would like to taste but haven’t yet?

Darren, 9 years old:  sweet corn

Sharlie, 12 years old:  I don’t know what tomatoes taste like, I don’t know if I’m going to like it, I’m a bit scared.

Kirby, 12 years old: broccoli

T’Keyah, 7 years old:  tomato

Connor, 11 years old:  um, um, don’t think I’ve ever tried radish

When you had dinner last night, where there any vegetables?

Darren, 9 years old:  broccoli

Sharlie, 12 years old: peas, carrots, potato and corn on the cob

Kirby, 12 years old: tomatoes – oh their not vegetables!

T’Keyah, 7 years old:  no.   all fruit for dinner

Connor, 11 years old: no we had a bbq, we had salad.

Do you have a veggie garden at home?

Darren, 9 years old:  yes

Sharlie, 12 years old:  silver beet and some chives and potatoes

Kirby, 12 years old: no

T’Keyah, 7 years old: yes

Connor, 11 years old: no

What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen in the garden at school?

Darren, 9 years old:  learnt about why the worm usually like some food squashed and stuff

Sharlie, 12 years old: I’d probably have to say when Christian comes, he teaches me how to do compost cause I’m the compost person and I need how to do it and he’s taught me a fair bit. I like that the matter of fact that he lets me ask questions and stuff and lets me do signs and that says what I do and the steps in case I’m not here and what can and cant go in the compost.  I like Christian.  I’m the compost lady!

Kirby, 12 years old: use your hands with the worms!  Their really squirmy and everyone else is scared of them.

T’Keyah, 7 years old:  you learn about vegetables

Connor, 11 years old:  um, done a lot of things. Probably when we first started making the garden. Putting it all together.

To read more about Produce to the People and all our veggie growing, gathering and giving adventures, head over to our blog www.producetothepeopletasmania.com.au  you can also visit us each Sunday during March at The Cradle Coast Farmers Market where we will have info on the Tassievore Challenge.

Happy Tassievore adventures for the month of March!

Get amongst it Tassievores – send us a happy snap!

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It’s less than two weeks until the Tassievore Eat Local Challenge is on again (the month of March) and there are plenty of ways that you can get involved. We will be promoting the following four challenges throughout Tassievore month:

  • Try something new (a new Tasmanian product or growing a new vegetable or fruit or even visiting your local farmers market for the first time -it’s up to you)
  • Support local businesses (shop at Tasmanian owned businesses for the week)
  • Tasmanian Fruit and Veg (eat only Tasmanian grown fruit and vegetables)
  • Tassievore Feast (host a meal featuring Tasmanian ingredients to show your friends and family how fantastic it is to be a Tassievore).

There will be spot prizes for people who post photos and stories from their Tassievore journey so stay tuned to the facebook page or send us an email. If you aren’t on facebook then you can also stay in the loop by signing up to our email newsletter (there is a button on our homepage that will take you straight to sign up).

If you want to help spread the word you can also download and print the posters at the top of this post and take a snap of you, or a local celebrity, or Tassievore friendly business and post it to facebook – we will send you free winter seeds for your efforts until we run out of stock (make sure you message us your address).

Get excited folks!

 

Ready, Steady, Start Planning for Tassievore 2014 – March is the month!

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Ready, Steady, Start Planning for Tassievore 2014 - March is the month!

Join us in 2014 to support the amazing bounty that Tasmania has to offer. Being a Tassievore is all about supporting our local growers and businesses and reconnecting with our food supply. Each week in March we will set a mini-challenge for you to take part in. Or you can just try to choose more Tasmanian during March (and hopefully beyond). This is a fun and delicious challenge, so get ready!

Keep in touch on facebook and register for our newsletter.

Congratulations Tassievores!

As we begin thinking about the 2014 Tassievore Eat Local Challenge (TELC), I thought it would be nice to reflect on the initial 6-month Challenge that took place from November 2012 and April 2013.

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The Tassievore Eat Local Challenge (TELC) was a 6-month adventure in eating locally. The Challenge was a state-wide behaviour change campaign promoting Tasmanian food producers, stimulating local business, reducing the carbon footprint of food, improving skills and knowledge, and increasing food security within Tasmania.

A team of volunteers from around the State contributed to the success of this program.  233 people officially registered as Tassievores, with a geographical spread of 65% in the South; 26% in the North and 9% in the North-west.

The TELC was launched at the Totally Tassie Picnic at SLF 2012 in November. Over the following 6 months, we kept a blog running with stories from the Tassievore Team, recipes and tips.  With funding from the Tasmanian Climate Change Office, through an Earn Your Stars Grant, we developed a Local Food Directory and ran a series of reskilling workshops and farm tours in each region.

Of the 233 people that participated in the Pre-Challenge Survey the majority of people joining the challenge were motivated to do so to support Tasmanian producer and businesses, reduce their carbon footprint, reconnect with our food supply and live more simply (Fig 1).

Figure 1: Motivation for joining challenge (%)

Why join

  • 97% of Tassievore members surveyed said that they had increased their knowledge about what Tasmanian products are available, and where to get them.
  • 100% of Tassievores said that they planned to continue choosing more local food in the future as a result of doing the Tassievore challenge. One member stated: ”I’m at a point now where I will always look for the local product first as opposed to the way I shopped before the challenge, which was mostly looking for the cheapest product.” 
  • 65% of Tassievores reported an increased connection with farmers and growers after taking the Challenge.

The TELC mark 1 was such a great community initiative and a wonderful reminder of what a privilege it is to be able to live on this beautiful island and indulge in it’s foods! As one Tassievore put it, “Eating Tasmanian is not a challenge – it is an absolute privilege to be able to live and work in this bountiful and beautiful part of the world. Tasmanian producers care about their environment and shopping at farmers markets is a treat.”

We are looking to run a shorter Challenge during March 2014.  Please let us know if you are keen to help out! Call or email Lissa @ Sustainable Living Tasmania – (03) 62819362.

A few more comments from participants about the benefits of taking the Tassievore Eat Local Challenge:

Reported Benefits of the Tassievore Eat Local Challenge:

Sustainability  

“We used a LOT less packaging, less food miles, making everything from scratch”.

A sense of supporting the community

“I knew I was supporting local growers and the local economy through my decisions to eat more local food”.

Health

“I was eating healthier than usual”.

Learning new skills

“I perfected my sourdough routine, and learned to make pasta”.

Saving Money

“I spent less on going out for dinner or getting takeaway”.

Overall impacts

“Some personal changes in how I approach life – In learning to put locally grown above cost and quality I feel like some other priorities in life changed where I now consider community outcomes above personal gain.”

“I feel more in-touch with the agriculture and food production industries in Tasmania and the hard work of entrepreneurs in the food industry!”

“I learned more about where our food comes from, and gained greater awareness of seasonal and fresh produce”