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The Beauty of Life…

What’s in our gardens and orchard this week… As we walk around after the rain, we revel in the life that we have been given.  So many provisions are there for us to enjoy and our focus on the beauty around us strengthens our health and our stamina so that we can withstand the challenges that present.

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them”  – Henri Matisse

 

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Wysteria beautifies one of our tanks
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Macadamia bloom
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Double Azaelea

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Bird of Paradise
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Iris

And there’s nothing that satisfies more than seeing your food grow before your very eyes…

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New seedlings a plenty…
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Seedlings on their way
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Plums
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Meyer lemon
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Laden blueberry bushes
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The first figs
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DEOSA’s Wombok
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DEOSA’s Red Fancy lettuce
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DEOSA’s Russian Kale
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DEOSA’s silverbeet
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Garlic crop

 

 

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Working towards a cleaner world…

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Sustainable living is the key to creating a cleaner world and ensuring there is enough resources for the generations to come.  However, what does a sustainable life really ‘look’ like?  There are so many websites and books out there that can help paint this picture and we have found this one for you to start with:  https://myplasticfreelife.com/plasticfreeguide/

This month is now known as “Plastic Free July” where there is an Australia wide focus on reducing the use of single-use plastics:  http://www.plasticfreejuly.org/

DEOSA Wholefoods is supporting this campaign by bringing attention to the ways we can make a difference.  We are doing our very best to limit the use of these plastics in our ordering and packing systems and we encourage you to continue buying wholefoods because this is an easy way to make a very big difference.  So many packets are needed to keep processed foods safe to eat that it is impossible to eliminate the packaging involved.  But if you can learn to cook the foods you love from scratch, not only will you be healthier but you will eliminate all of the plastics needed to package processed foods.  The big bonus is that foods made from scratch always taste better too!

Here @ DEOSA Wholefoods, we are committed to packing your ordered wholefoods in reusable glass bottles, natural paper bags and reusable polystyrene eskys that we get our cold items and broccoli delivered in from the farmers and markets.  Up until now, we have been using biodegradable plastic bags when needed but have since learnt that these bags, whilst they do indeed break down quickly (we’ve seen this with our own eyes), do still pose problems within our environment.  So we are now looking to move towards the use of calico/cotton drawstring bags to pack dry goods in.

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Did you know that you can give us your own jute or calico shopping bags and we will fill them with your Organic Wholefoods each week for you.  Just put your name on them and we will happily keep them safe for reuse the next time you shop with us.  We will still put your cold storage items in our reusable eskys but will use the jute and calico bags for your dry goods.  Better still, if you are handy with a sewing machine, you can make your own bags from cotton clothing or sheets that have outlived their use in your life!

We thank you for working towards a cleaner world for all,

Sophie & Daniel

 

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One Of Our “Must Have” Foods…

Sprouts!

As a family, we used to grow our own sprouts from Certified Organic seeds in our home kitchen but since we’ve found Sprouts grown to order locally, we now eat the freshest sprouts every week with less fuss for us, giving us more time for our gardens and our business.

The health benefits of sprouts make up quite an impressive list and they include the ability to improve the digestive process, boost the metabolism, and increase enzymatic activity throughout the body.   When paired with a diet rich in Organic raw foods, they prevent anaemia, help with weight loss, lower cholesterol, reduce blood pressure, prevent neural tube defects in infants, protect against cancer, boost skin health, improve vision, support the immune system, and increase usable energy reserves.  Did you know that they also increase the amount of breast milk in a nursing mother?

The label “Sprouts” refers to a number of different vegetable or plant beans in the period of time after they begin to grow. The most common sprouts that people regularly eat are Sunflower, Alfalfa and Mung Bean sprouts but here in the Clarence Valley, you can also buy Almond and lentil sprouts.

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On the road again… The hunt for more local food producers.

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On the road again, we head out one beautiful late February morning to find more Organic wholefoods for our customers.  The journey took us up the Armidale Road to the beautiful country of Tyringham on the quest for Certified Organic potatoes and garlic.  The crispness of the morning hinted at the approach of Autum and the air was sweet with the scent of wildflowers.

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Along the way we discovered fascinating sculptures of wooden figures, carved by artistic residents and wildflowers gracing the roadside everywhere we looked.

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When we saw this sign we knew we had arrived:

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Ken’s modest farm is quaint and very productive with pumpkins to discover,

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garlic to taste,

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and fascinating life where ever we looked.

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Tip the one eyed farm dog greeted us with her stick, eye begging for a game of fetch:

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Whilst Ladybug, the blue heeler, watched on from the sideline, waiting patiently for a pat:

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 As Ken educated us on garlic reproduction

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and the virtues of the humble spud,

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our children searched the recently harvested rows, finding enough little gems for our dinner that night:

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As we discussed the growing conditions and fertization requirements of these supreme staples, we were introduced to varieties we’d never heard of, which we’ll get to try in the months to come when they mature.  For now though, we brought home Sebagoes, Dutch Creams, and the delicious Desirees and lovely memories of a day well spent in the search of nourishing whole foods.

What a great job Farmer Ken is doing by growing these vital foods for us in such a healthy and ethical way.  We give thanks for his dedication to sustainability and his passion for clean, unadulterated, real foods.

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What’s in our garden this week…

The summer rains could not have come at a better time for our garden!  After a recent dry spell with temperatures reaching 40 degrees, our garden was just crying out for some good soaking rains.  Some of the vegetables that will really benefit from the rain are the cucumbers, zucchini and our cherry tomatoes – all the hand watering in the world does not feed the plants like the nitrogen rich rains.  Here’s some snapshots of what we’re currently growing…

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The Garlic Season has arrived!

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It’s garlic harvesting time on the DEOSA Family Farm and it is a family affair –  after all, many hands make light work and there are hundreds of bulbs to clean and hang!  We’ve had a good growing season and are very happy with the quality and quantity, this being the 5th year that we have been developing our own strain of the classic “purple” garlic.   After 9mths in the ground, our garlic is ready to dry and its strong scent flavours the air.  Not long now until we will have it for sale…