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COLIN’S SUMMER GARDEN
9th February, 2015

A summer garden in Katoomba

After his annual break from producing food for the Co-op, Colin Gliddon returns every spring with his bountiful rhubarb bunches. Colin is one of our main suppliers of local rhubarb, and also brings in parsley, squash, zucchini and corn. We decided to visit his Katoomba garden after its winter hiatus to see what he can produce over the subsequent spring and summer seasons.

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STOCK NEWS WITH MIKE P
8th February, 2015

As Summer quickly moves towards Autumn we are very fortunate at the Co-op to sell some wonderful local fruit. Crisp and crunchy apples and pears from Katoomba, Bilpin and Bathurst are arriving daily. Paul Herzog is bringing heritage apples, grown in Katoomba, such as Gravensteins (an old Dutch variety) and Eddy Hungerford has his popular Prima apples, certified organic from Bilpin. Also try the various local pears such as Nashi and Howell. With our expanded cool room storage we are now selling even crunchier and longer-lasting apples. Sam’s sensational Logan Brae Apple Juice will be back on the shelves  as soon as the new season apples have been picked and pressed.

 

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FINDING A NEW LIFE FOR FLEXIBLE PLASTICS
8th February, 2015

By MAEVE DUNNET

I’ve always been passionate about recycling: it feels awful to throw away so much stuff. When I was little we had a tip in the back paddock where all the tins and bottles went (there was no plastic then). All the fruit and veggie scraps went to the compost heap for the veggie garden.

I’ve always dreamed of living in a place where everything was used or found a new life as something else: a place where rubbish was not rubbish – like weeds in permaculture, just plants out of place. Of course I put my recycling out but it’s awful that there’s so much plastic that can’t be recycled.

At the Co-op so many things come in plastic, which in turn is collected by our friendly garbage truck and sent to the tip: garbage bins full of it every week.

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WHATS IN SEASON FEBRUARY 2015
6th February, 2015

From the Organic markets we have been receiving –

  • pineapples
  • paw paw
  • mangoes
  • peaches
  • plums
  • nectarines
  • valencia oranges
  • english spinach
  • beans
  • zucchinis
  • squash
  • pumpkins

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PRICE COMPARISON:
6th February, 2015

Comparing a $40 spend at the Co-op –

As an alternative to our tradition of comparing our prices with other outlets, we thought we would compare price structures within our very own shop. We have 3 price structures at the Co-op –

non members

members – 10% off non member prices

and volunteers – 20 % off members prices (up to $250 for 4 hours work within the shop).

$40 Fruit and Vegetable shop Early February 2015 for a Non Member

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2014 C0-OP FESTIVE SEASON OPENING TIMES AND DELIVERIES
19th December, 2014

Other than the dates below we will be opening for our usual trading hours

The Co-op will be closed on:
Thursday 25th Dec, Christmas Day
Friday 26th Dec, Boxing Bay
Thursday 1st Jan, New Year’s Day

Fruit and Vegetable Deliveries will be as follows:
Monday 22nd Dec
Wednesday 24th Dec then as usual Mon, Wed and Fri

Fridge Goods:
Last delivery before Xmas Thursday 18th Dec
First delivery after Xmas Friday 2nd Jan
Jannei Goats Milk
Last delivery before Xmas Tuesday 23rd Dec
First delivery after Xmas Tuesday 6th Jan

Bread Deliveries:
Ancient Grains, Naturis and Vitality –
Last delivery before Xmas Tuesday 23rd Dec
First delivery after Xmas Tuesday 6thth Jan
Lifestyle – Last delivery before Xmas Friday 19th Dec
First delivery after Xmas Tuesday 30th Dec
Sol Bread – Last delivery before Xmas Tuesday 16th Dec
First delivery after Xmas Tuesday 6th Jan
Wishing you all a tasty Xmas and a safe and happy New Year

GARDEN TIPS – CHOOKS
8th December, 2014

How some Co-op members started their chook run

For many gardeners, having chooks is a great experience and complements their food garden.

Tania, Nick and Jezmina have only been in the Mountains for a few years and are now getting their roots in deep with a cosy cottage and a glorious productive garden. I visited them to learn all about how they got started with their long-desired chook run and what they did to prepare for their ‘girls’.

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STOCK NEWS MIKE P.
4th December, 2014

Christmas is coming!
Whatever you want to call it: Christmas, the festive season, summer solstice, happy holidays, Passover, Yule fest… we can’t ignore the advent of the silly season. Even the Stockman has acquiesced to the pressure for more than a few stocking and belly-fillers.

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WHATS IN SEASON
3rd December, 2014

Stone fruit has officially arrived and there are predictions of a bumper cherry season.

 

We now have

 

  • peaches
  • nectarines
  • cherries
  • apricots
  • mangoes
  • strawberries
  • avocados
  • limes
  • radish
  • sweet potato
  • garlic
  • basil

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IN SEASON – GLOBE ARTICHOKES
3rd December, 2014

Lately we have received some beautiful local globe artichokes. We don’t get lots of them, so grab them when you can! Globe artichokes are large plants that grow pretty well in the Mountains, so give them a go in your garden. They make a lovely table decoration, being a flower, and we get many enquiries about how to prepare and eat them.

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