I had a great opportunity when I appeared on the ABC’s Kitchen Cabinet to showcase just how good Tasmanian grown food is. Sadly the show was filmed in July when my garden was in pretty poor shape, so really the only thing I could contribute as home-grown was one rather meagre Tahitian lime!
However The Aproneers came to the rescue, and I bought virtually all the locally-grown ingredients I needed for my caramelised onion, spinach and goats cheese tart from there. It was wonderful to look around in The Aproneers and see all the produce labelled not just as Tasmanian, but identifying which district it was grown and sometimes even the specific farm it came from.
It is so good to see more and more people keen not only to grown their own but buy locally grown food, in season, as well. No wonder I had a wonderful, relaxing lunch last Sunday at the launch of Sustainable Living Tasmania’s Tassievore challenge. I’m really honoured to have been asked to be one of their Tassievore champions. For a start it has given me just the push I needed to get my own veggies planted.
If Annabel Crabb and the lovely Kitchen Cabinet crew had come to my garden this week they would see things are on the up and up – literally! – as the tomatoes, beans, pumpkin, basil and other herbs, and brassica seedlings are all growing rapidly thanks to a wonderful Tasmanian Spring.
I have also managed to get myself organised to net my strawberries and cherries, but I am devastated by the complete destruction of my apricot by the resident brush-tailed possums.
Coming into this amazing growing season which is already moist and warm, I’m looking forward to easting as much local fruit and vegetables as I possibly can, and being a good Tassievore for the next 6 months as part of the challenge.
Naturally I come and go a lot from Tasmania, but I’ll be making a special effort to eat local and seasonal food wherever I am. Luckily there are businesses supporting local growers springing up all across Australia as people’s hunger to know their farmer and where their food comes from bring new opportunities – like this wonderful business in Orange that I visited back in April, which sells nothing that isn’t grown within 100km of the store.
Wherever you are, I hope you take up the spirit of the Tassievore challenge. Buy the best local and seasonal food you can get your hands on, support your local growers and tuck in!
PS – if you missed me and all that lovely Tasmanian food on Kitchen Cabinet last night, you can watch it here and get the recipe for my onion and goats cheese tart.