10th April, 2012 —
I chose to participate in Local Harvest so I could see how much I could eat within a 25km radius. I live in the North of Melbourne in a rural area and wanted to see how much I could source locally! I grow several types of vegetables and have an orchard and make my own yoghurt weekly. My in-laws provide me with enough preserves to keep us going all year. I added a few businesses to the website to help others find them and encouraged a friend to participate. (I had 4 people knock me back…)
It was an easy challenge because I planned my meals prior and got to my target on day 2. I bought some food the week before to keep in the pantry.
What did I learn?
I found a new egg supplier – he is 12 years old and sells at our local Farmers Market.
Over the course of the week I contacted a few butchers and found they buy from an abattoir in Kyneton which is a much cheaper alternative to us than going direct to a farm. We don’t need to shop in supermarkets to get affordable meat!
I found out our local dairy is no longer producing milk and has moved its operations to Warrnambool. This is a big loss to our town although we can still buy their products in 3-4 milkbars.
Did it change my behaviour?
It encouraged me to make bread and ice-cream again and try out some new recipes. I also tasted feijoa for the first time!
I swapped produce and had a meal with my friend who was participating.