Story telling from Australia
I’ve just bought an eighth of a cow from a farmer on the Liverpool Plains. It was delivered direct to our door in Sydney in clearly labelled pre-packed bags, ready to drop straight into the freezer.
There was no mess, no fuss and no doubt about the provenance of the meat. I may be a vegetarian but Clyde and Maggie aren’t. I like to know what they’re eating.
And here’s the kind of thing you can buy at farmer’s markets. I visited the EPIC markets in Canberra last weekend and I bought luscious black garlic – Bredbo Black – fermented until it turns into a rich, sweet jelly bean of flavour. It’s unlike anything you’ll ever buy in a supermarket.
That t-bone should taste incredible with a sprinkle of black garlic salt.
The Conscious Farmer has plenty to say about the health benefits of grass-fed, chemical-free beef and he’s passionate about the work he and his family put into caring for their land and their animals. Many other farmers feel the same way. Organic farming is growing at a rate of 20 percent a year.
Australia is such a vast country that those of us who live in cities rarely get to meet the people who grow, breed and raise our food.
Australian Farming Families was written in part to try and address that.
The Rural Women’s Network wants to know what you think about Australian farmers. Do you value them? Are they important to you? The RWN is conducting a survey to find out more and you’d be doing them a great service if you could complete this short questionnaire.
If you don’t live in Australia I’d still love to know what you think.
Do you ever buy food direct from a farmer?