The Farm Gate by Nashdale Fruit Co.: Local Harvest Challenge – Day 6 (6/4/12)

11th April, 2012 —   

After a huge day yesterday, today was a little less chaotic but still extremely busy! Fridays are of course our picking and packing days for our weekend markets!
Browny points have to be given to Beau who after a massive day yesterday (not even making it to the bed last night, falling asleep on the lounge room floor) still managed to make Harry and I breakfast in bed this morning!

When I realised Good Friday was at the tail end of this weeks challenge I was a little concerned about what I would do for meals! We do not have any fish producers within 100 miles (160 kms), that I know of! There used to be a smoke house in Cowra that made some great smoked trout but it closed down a couple of years ago! I should have been a little more prepared but with the chaos of this week, today was left to the last minute!
I would consider going and catching my own, but this is usually something that Beau and I would do together and with a 10 month old in the mix, I do not fancy fishing and being on ‘comando-shuffling’ baby watch as well!

So the decision was made that we would be going vegetarian today.

Day 6.

(ingredients used: Racine bread, Bills English Breakfast tea, Fourjay hazelnuts, strawberries, granny apples, beurre bosc pears, our clear apple juice, La Barre olive oil, butternut pumpkin cheddar, our tomato and apple chutney, tomatoes, Manildra flour, Happy Chook Co eggs, home parsley, cavalo nero, home parsley, fresh oregano, sage, garlic, Saltbird salt, Jannei ricotta, pepper, elderflower cordial)

– Toasted tomato, cheddar and tomato and apple chutney (Harry – stewed apple and pear with cinnamon and Fourjay muesli, baby style)
Lunch– Sandwich and coffee from Byng Street Cafe
Dinner– Ricotta, mixed herb, garlic and cavalo nero ravioli with roast pumpkin sauce (Dad’s Gluten Free version: Roast Pumpkin Soup with Ricotta and Mixed Herb Fritters)
Dessert– Mixed Fruit Salad
Snacks/Drinks– Strawberries, Figs, Apples, Hazelnuts and Clear Apple Juice, Elderflower Cordial.

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Name: The Farm Gate by Nashdale Fruit Co.
Suburb: Borenore
State: NSW
Size: Feast-sized

The Farm Gate by Nashdale Fruit Co.'s Challenges

  • Don't use the supermarkets this week - shop at local independent grocers, butchers and delis
  • Shop at a farmers' market
  • Source farm-gate produce
  • Source local meat & cheeses
  • Buy cruelty free eggs (laid by happy chooks!)
  • Source free-range or organic meats
  • Go foraging! - eat edible weeds
  • Harvest and eat food from your own garden
  • Eat (at least) 5 Servings of Local, Organic fruit & veggies per day
  • Dine at a cafe or restaurant with sustainable features
  • Cook with seasonal produce
  • Cook with local oils or grains
  • Sip on local milk or juice
  • Enjoy local beer or wine
  • Swap sugar for local honey (or stevia)
  • Go plastic-free packaging
  • Compost your kitchen scraps
  • Start a worm farm
  • Start a herb box or mini-plot (can be single pot on the porch, or something more in the garden)
  • Find out more about and try food preserving - bottling, drying, freezing
  • Find out about Urban bee-keeping
  • Like Local harvest on facebook, or follow on Twitter
  • Read a relevant book
  • Ask your local grocer, deli or favourite cafe to include more local produce