Produce : Local, cheap, sustainable

A basket of goodies from our garden, early Jan 2015.

It’s still early stages, but as our urban permaculture project scales up and becomes more productive, we’ll be offering some of our produce for sale or barter.

What’s available will change drastically from week to week, and with the seasons of course.   We won’t really be selling ‘adhoc’ from our house, but will put together boxes of produce for neighbours, or anyone who shows an interest.

If you’re interested, there’s two ways to purchase from us:

  1. If there’s something you’re after, just Send us an email, and we’ll let you know what we can supply.
  2. Take us up on a small box of produce (around $10).  Either picked up, or it may (but not always) be possible for us to deliver locally.  We usually post on the ‘Geelong Swap and Sell Natural Produce’ Facebook page, and now have a small but growing list of people interested.  Please get in touch to find out more.

OR: Come along to the Belmont foodswap on the 2nd Saturday of each month, where we usually bring a variety of things for swapping (as do many others).  You will need to bring something else to swap, or make a donation to the group after 10am.

Home Produce

Of course this is just a general guide and often there is a cross-over between seasons, and not everything is available all the time, of course.
Winter / SpringSummer / Autumn
Herbs: Parsley, thyme, rosemary.Herbs: Parsley, mint, oregano, thyme, sage, rosemary.
For herbal teas: Lemon balm, lemon verbena.For herbal teas: Lemon balm, lemon verbena, peppermint, applemint, chamomile.
EggsEggs
Salad GreensSalad Greens
Jerusalem artichokesFigs
Warrigal greensCapsicums
ShallotsShallots
PepinosBerries
LimesBeans
LemonsChilies
SilverbeetSilverbeet
Zucchini, cucumbers
Garlic

Organic?
Needless to say, all our produce is home-grown without using chemical sprays, but we tend to stay away from using the term ‘organic’ to describe our produce.  ‘Organics’ does require a strict certification procedure more suited to medium or large-scale suppliers, but also permaculture goes a step beyond organic (without being 100% strict), by creating a holistic system of living that results in less water and energy use, and keeping products for local distribution.

Just some examples of our produce ‘boxes’… Click on an image to view a larger size.
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