Busy little Tassievores

We launch the Challenge in the South tomorrow!  We can’t wait to start walking the walk and enjoy the food we’ve been finding out about these last few months. Are we ready to get into it? Heck yes.  Are we ready to help you get into it?  Gosh I hope so!!

This week has been crazzzzzyy busy so far. We’ve met royalty (Camilla just raved about our salmon..), we’ve set up our stall at the Sustainable Living Festival (come say hi this weekend), we’ve got resources ready to go up in the ‘Where to buy’ section of our website (err technical difficulty getting them up), we’ve made food to treat you with this weekend and we’re prepping for a cooking demonstration tomorrow as well (10am tomorrow – Lunchy, Brunchy Munchy at the Cooking Corner of the Sustainable Living Festival)!  We’ve also had some amazing contact with producers and been blown away by their generosity.

So who has helped out big time so far?

The Farm Gate Market!

They’ve given us ideas, produce, inspiration and the seed cash to get the Tassievore ball rolling.

Kindred Organics (meet one of the Kindred crew at our stall this weekend)

The Picnic Basket, Harvest Feast and Ashbolt Farms have also been amazing this week too, giving up a lot of their products to support us.

 

Oh and the Huon Valley Mushrooms we got delivered, the Mountain River Yoghurt, Callington Mill, Gondwanaland, Leaning Tree Olives and Naked Carrot products all generously given to us this week!

We exist due to the support of the Tasmanian community – food producers and food consumers. THANKYOU ALL!!

P.s – last night’s dinner? Tassie salmon, quinoa, asparagus and eggs, with an apple crumble to finish. Suck eggs Camilla!

 

Note: Our team aim is to help connect you with local growers: by raising awareness of their presence and products.  Long term benefits are pretty exciting, but in the short-term we really want to make things as easy as possible for you to eat Tasmanian.

If you think we can be doing something better – let us know

The Pleasure of Unexpected Discoveries!

 Whenever I speak to anyone about undertaking this challenge, most people’s first reaction is to say but that means no sugar, no rice, no bananas, no ……

 I like to take a different (glass is half full) perspective.  I am so excited about the range of incredible food that we DO have in Tasmania. Berries and cherries to be reckoned with, countless varieties of potatoes, an enormous variety of other fruit and veg, locally grown wheat (made into flour using a windmill- how’s that for a bonus!), organic oats, linseeds and quinoa, Olives and oil, every type of honey you could ever want; beautiful free range, organic happy meat of all types and don’t get me started on the choice we have when it comes to the dairy group…! And the wine… oh the wine!!!

 In fact (with a few exceptions) most of what we can’t access in this resourceful little state is processed, packaged less healthy food.  Halleluiah to that I say!

 My favorite new hobby (obsession) is to find new goodies that I can add to the ‘can have’ list.  And each little unexpected find is just so exciting!!!

 Some of my favorite discoveries so far include:

  • Taking my Grandma (visiting from Victoria) for a leisurely Sunday drive down the channel, through Kettering and finding this AMAZING chocolate shop called ‘The Nutpatch’ (not expecting to find much Tasmanian produce- just delicious locally made chocolates!) and happening upon a supply of Tasmanian Hazelnuts to get me through the challenge! 
  • Wandering Salamanca Market and discovering a source of Tasmanian dried blueberries
  • My friend informing me that you can get Tasmanian Apple Juice Concentrate from Live Life in South Hobart- great in ice cream!
  • Stumbling across Tasmanian grown green tea
  • hearing that you can now access Tassie Wakame

I’m busily putting together a list of what foods are commonly available in Tasmania at the moment, I will add it to the site soon! in the meantime, feel free to comment and let me know about your favourite Tassie products- I can make sure they are on my list!