I had the pleasure of spending a day with Philip Lobely and wife Lyn on their vineyard, come bakery, in the Yea Valley earlier this year. Philip has been a vintner in Australia for decades and now has his own boutique winery in regional victoria producing small batch wines alongside his wife who practises traditional sourdough baking. Their a match made in heaven – bread and wine. The basis of life and a perfect combination of two of the tastiest results of fermentation.
Amongst many things we discussed the various reasons why supporting local producers is so important to the survival of rural hubs and the ways that urbanites (i.e city dwellers) can help to support local food systems and rural producers like them. We chatted about the abundance of a life lived on the land. The care and consideration you develop for the food you eat when you are able to be part of the vibrant eco-system that produces it. Very nourishing day in the country side.
How can I get involved?
There are many reasons why we should all try to support local over imported food. But the food system is complex. It’s often not clear what you should spend your limited time and money on if you want to support your local food system.
Declutter the information.
I wanted to draw on years of experience and countless discussions with local producers such as Philip and Lyn, to put together our top 5 easy, and convenient, way to support local food systems and producers. These are well practised techniques that I use every day when sourcing food for myself, my family and all of my events.
5 easy, and convenient, ways to support local food
- Shop at the farmers markets first, then shop at an independent grocer/butcher/baker,then shop at the supermarket. If you can’t make it to your local market or small independent store then look online for delivery services.
- Look for the origin of all your groceries and dry goods before you buy. Always preference local produce over imported.
- Shop first, buy whats in season and then find a recipe.
- Support growers on their turf by seeking out local farm gate cafes/restaurants, rural food and wine festivals and local food events. Tip: use google to plug in your location and some keys words: wine & food festival, rural food, local food events etc..
- Cook regularly. The closer you get to your food the more you will appreciate the love, effort and care that has gone into producing it. You will start to notice the abundance of food we have and develop a stronger connection to seasonality.
And now an excerpt from my current read ‘Cooked’ by the fabulous food journalist Michael Pollan to really drive home that cooking message…
“Cooking—of whatever kind, everyday or extreme—situates us in the world in a very special place, facing the natural world on one side and the social world on the other. The cook stands squarely between nature and culture, conducting a process of translation and negotiation. Both nature and culture are transformed by the work. And in the process, I discovered, so is the cook.”
― Michael Pollan,
Ohhh… and a cheeky Step 6. Food is a universal language that we can all get excited about, be proud of your new habits and share the abundance with good friends.
If there is more you want to know about your local food systems or just to share your own experiences please start the conversation below!
Its been a pleasure
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