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Meat at the Co-op FAQs
23rd August, 2018

Meat at the Co-op – to be updated in November 

 

Grow heirloom fruit & veg
15th August, 2018

ABC Organic Gardener Essential Guide: Heirlooms

The latest edition in the ABC Organic Gardener’s Essential Guide series celebrates the incredible world of heirlooms. From 900-year-old ‘Purple Dragon’ carrots, to apples and oranges that arrived with the First Fleet, Heirlooms shows you how to grow your own and recommends the best cultivars for your patch.

Featuring content previously published in the popular magazine plus new articles by trusted horticultural writers including Penny Woodward and Justin Russell, the ‘mook’ (a cross between a book and a magazine) includes advice and tips for growing old-fashioned fruit, veg and flowers, seed-saving, raising heritage chook and pig breeds, and even the joy of scything. Heirlooms would make a welcome addition to your gardening reference library or a great gift for a green thumb.

We have two copies to giveaway. Simply email your contact details to  hello@bmfoodcoop.org.au with Heirlooms in the subject line, and a brief description or photo of any heirloom fruit or veg you’ve grown to be eligible to win.

ABC Organic Gardener Essential Guide: Heirlooms is on sale in newsagents and from ABC Centres and abc.net.au/shop and retails for $10.99.

 

Winter wellness tips
11th July, 2018

In our last newsletter we ran a competition to win a Winter Wellness pack. To enter we asked newsletter subscribers for their tips for staying healthy during the colder months. Here are the fabulous entries we received starting with our winner Michaela Dabson’s ode to winter wellness and finishing with a spicy recipe for Sarah de Graaf’s Hot Devil Drink.

Winner:

Citrus, ginger, laughter, friends,

Epsom salt baths with 2tsp of bicarb soda added for efficacy.

Log fires lit with dried citrus peel,

Pumpkin and sweet potato soup,

Brassicas, sunlight, motion.

Flubru – boil up garlic, fresh chilli, cloves, cinnamon stick, cardamon, ginger root, teaspoon of fenugreek seeds till soft.  Strain, Add lemon and zest, favorite honey (and a tot of whisky?). This tried and tested remedy for the winter flu blues can blow your socks off or gently soothe, depending on the proportions. It goes very well with a log fire, a comfy cushion and a book.  May it bring comfort, leading to wellness.

Fresh ginger and turmeric with your breakfast yoghurt and in “Golden Milk” before bed time. Recipe: turmeric, ginger, cloves, star anise, cardamom, cinnamon & honey simmered in almond milk. Strain before drinking!

Stay active. Walk each day – even if it’s cold. Get some sun as well. Grab a friend to make it more fun. Staying connected helps beat the winter blues.

Keep your digestive fire alive with warm meals, nourishing teas and fresh soft homemade produce! Organic porridge with cinnamon, fresh vegetable congee and hearty coconut cream pumpkin soups!

A 10 minute morning meditation! Enable clarity and calmness to brace the chilly weather! Connect back with the inhale-exhale to embrace all that these beautiful months will deliver

Keep friends close! Connect with friends over organic chai, hot cocoa and organic coffee pots! Social connection lifts the spirit and fuels the soul with positive vibes.

Prioritising gut health in winter is an effective way to avoid the flu and getting run down. To make your own; all you need is shredded cabbage, carrot, ginger, turmeric and salt.

My tip is homemade chicken soup filled with delicious vegetables and noodles, followed by stewed pears with cinnamon and brown sugar.

The way to fight colds is to boost yourself beforehand. A colourful and tasty vegie soup with a tomato base and garlic, ginger, lemon juice plus protein helps my immunity.

Continue to get out and exercise, whether it be a bushwalking, mulching the garden or a walk around the block. Dress appropriately for the weather and enjoy the fresh air, the sun and Vitamin D. This will keep your mood elevated and help your body stay healthy.

Get plenty of sleep, Stay hydrated (so easy to not feel thirsty in colder months). Broth it up! And keep moving!

Hot Devils Death drink. It contains all and every herb and spice you can find in your cupboard with an emphasis on warming herbs/spices. If you have a healthy collection of spices don’t get too excited.

Essentials  – ginger fresh root

– pepper

– lemon juice and rind

– garlic (or not if you don’t eat alium)

– honey

– cinnamon

– cayenne

Others may include

– chilli flakes

– cloves

– liquorice dried root

– orange rind

– turmeric fresh or ground

– lemongrass fresh or dried

– fenugreek leaf or seed

– fennel seeds

– star anise

– ginger ground

– white pepper ground

Boil the ginger in 1.5 cups of water till the water shows colour and smells spicy.

If using fresh turmeric and lemongrass turn down the heat and add them and the rind of the lemon and orange. Keep at a simmer fro about 5 mins then add the seeds, dried and ground herbs after a further 5 minutes add the dried leaf herbs.

The brew should be very strong and often bitter too. Have it as a generous shot mixed with the juice of half a lemon. Throw back if needed. Follow with a chaser of a large teaspoon of honey. Or if you can drink it at a lower temperature you can add the honey. Keep the remaining and have a shot with the lemon juice every 4 hours or so. If you do this at the hint of a sniffle or headache expect to feel better the following day. It is excellent followed by savouring a tea of dried sage by the fire. A devilishly hot way to employ alchemy against the horrid bugaloos in winter.

 

 

 

Edible Garden Festival 2019
5th July, 2018

Organisers of the hugely successful Edible Garden Trail are planning an even bigger and better festival on Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd March 2019.

Jump on the facebook page to like and follow for updates and information and check out the website where you can read more about the Edible Garden Trail and buy tickets.

Photo by Cameron Bryce taken at the Whitton’s garden.

Fresh pickings
13th June, 2018

Seasonal fruit and veg

Local citrus

When life gives you lemons! We have spray-free, juicy lemons from Carlingford but hurry they won’t last long!

These beautiful ‘Romanesco’ broccoli were a hit with shoppers.

New in the big little shop

Everco Bamboo straws 

4 pack includes cleaning brush. Sustainable and biodegradable. Made in Indonesia.

Green Essentials bamboo straw

Single straw that is package free. Bamboo, 100% BPA-free, PVC-free, phthalate-free and lead-free.

Laughing Bird tea towels, aprons & bags

Locally printed and sewn on linen featuring Blue Mountains Flora, Fauna and scenes.

Nim Veda Organic Rosewater 

Food grade rosewater in a misting spray.

Featured product – LIP BALMS

Hurraw Vegan lip balms

Organic coconut, lime, Earl Gray, orange, grapefruit, green tea, chocolate, Moon (Blue chamomile vanilla), chai, black cherry (tinted). Made in USA.

Est Velvet lip balm

Nourishing olive oil, beeswax and honey, calendula oil and vitamin E. Made in Melbourne.

Weleda Everon lip balm

Nourishing and protecting with organic jojoba oil, shea butter, rose and beeswax.  Really great for wind burnt lips. Made in Germany.

Locally made lip balms

Nina’s Bees lip balm

Locally made, plastic free packaging. With Nina’s bees honey and beeswax, coconut and almond oils.

Wild Earth Luscious Lime lip balm

Locally made using Malfroy’s  beeswax, organic cocoa butter, fair trade shea butter calendula infused sunflower oil, and lime essential oil.

Clemence Ultimate Lips and Glamour Lips lip balm

Soothing, nourishing + protective. Anti-viral Lemon Myrtle may provide relief from cold sores. 100% certified organic ingredients. BPA free tube. No parabens, sodium lauryl, sulphate, petrochemicals, PEGs, artificial fragrances, nanoparticles or unnecessary ingredients. Glamour lips is tinted.

Green Living Cocoa Lip Balm Kit

Make your own kit! Includes everything you need to make your own. Currently out of stock so place an order with Alison Monday to Wednesday.

Out of stock

Melrose bulk shampoo code 947 – Supplier has discontinued.

Melrose bulk almond oil – Supplier has discontinued however we still sell this in 500ml bottles.

The price is right

We compared our prices with a local supermarket to bring you this price comparison for June 2018.

 

 

SALLYANNE’S FAVOURITE WINTER WARMERS
8th May, 2017

As the autumn weather cools, I start thinking about warm foods and drinks. I also make sure I keep moving – it is the perfect time of year in the mountains for hikes and forest bathing.

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MINDFUL EATING FOR HEALTH
13th February, 2017

Title: Eating Mindfully for Health - how to find balance in all the busyness. Images: abundant luscious fruit and vegetables

Do find yourself rushing to fit in meals around other commitments, or using meals as a chance to catch up on work or social media, barely noticing or enjoying what you put in your mouth? At the pace most of us now live, eating often becomes just another task to tick off. However, our focus on expediency may have a greater impact on our health and wellbeing than we realise. (more…)

STEVE’S SEASONAL GROWING TIPS
13th February, 2017

Growing in the mountains in autumn is enjoyable because the temperatures can be a bit more even, with less of the extremes you get in summer and winter and, with some of the heat we have been getting lately, not as dangerous for plants.

A lot of the edibles that can be planted in late summer and early autumn can see you through autumn and well into winter. From late summer I am planting lettuces, broccoli, radishes, beetroot, Asian vegetables, lots of coriander and my favourite winter green: mache or corn salad.

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SALLYANNE’S THREE TOP TIPS FOR WINTER
22nd May, 2016

The disappearance of the autumn leaves and the ripening of citrus fruits are signs that winter is on its way. And my desire for warm cooked foods is my internal cue to prepare for colder weather. A mindfulness approach connects us with these external and internal signals. It also supports us in making the necessary choices for healthy eating and living in winter.

 

 

Sallyanne's winter tips

#1 Embrace the qualities of winter

 

When we think of winter we may have visions of rain, bleak skies and lazing in the intermittent sunshine like a cat. Winter has its unique qualities that we can embrace to support our health.

 

Eastern approaches to health describe winter as yin time, to support storage by the body and introspection of the mind. Introspection provides an opportunity for us to consider new ideas, which we can then take forward in spring.

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HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF LEGUMES OR PULSES – BY DANIELLE O’DONOGHUE
15th April, 2016

Danielle O’Donoghue, the Yummi Yogi, is qualified in nutrition, iridology and herbal medicine. Formerly a cook and founding partner of Manly’s One Earth Organic Café, Danielle now teaches yoga to kids and adults, works as an holistic health and wellness coach and runs a wholefood consulting business.
She holds monthly sessions at the Co-op where you can chat with her about your health and nutritional concerns (second Wednesday of the month 10 am–12 pm) and runs monthly food demos (third Wednesday of the month 10 am–12 pm).
On 20 April, her food demo will focus on legumes and she is making delicious Sprouted lentil patties.

Lovely Legumes

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