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.
Check these out:
- 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.
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.
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!
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!