Week 208 – 7 November 2013
We Did It! 4 Years!
For those who don’t know, this is our 208th week and 4th Anniversary of uninterrupted RealFood Box deliveries. For those who do know, thank you to the hundreds of subscribers and volunteers who got us here.
What started as our own funky way of ensuring consistent community access to local fresh food and creating local markets for local producers has developed into something much more fundamental. Beyond our original objectives, this has really been about community taking responsibility for its own food, often enabled through self-organising structures. Every time things were falling apart, it seems someone would step up and say ‘I can sort that.’ And often, besides resolving the challenge of the moment, we have made a new friend and added another solution to our bag of tricks.
Unconventional as our methods may be, if we want to continue to enjoy the freshest products, knowing where, how and by whom they are grown, we know we can’t wait for someone else to do it for us. And if we want to retain our small family poly-culture farms, our rich social fabric and healthy rural communities, we can’t hold our breath either. And perhaps that is good – that we do it ourselves. Our continuing reliance on government and big business for the last couple of generations has only mad us weaker, fatter and more complacent. So get involved and go local.
We all owe each other a collective “Thanks.” Sadly (or gratefully), all the names won’t fit on a double-sided A4. So clap your hands, say “thanks” real loud and pat yourself on the back. We’ll memorialize it on the website later.
About the $50 – RealFood Box
The Box comes out every Thursday. Filled with seasonal vegetables and fruits you get a minimum of 15 different types of fruit and veg delivered to your RealFood Box pick-up location or “Node” . We’re currently working together with 86 local farming families throughout the year. We deliver diversity and high quality food at the best competitive prices. Our food is fresh. It’s in the box within 36 hours of it being leaving the farm. The box differs every week.
You should join the RealFood Network if you care about:
– eating Local and supporting our local farmers
– assisting farmers in their Transition to Organic growing
– Restorative land care and business practices
– where and how your food was grown
– Reducing our carbon footprint
-(re) learning more about the food that your family eats
Note: The Box has 15 – 20 (sometimes more) items each week (roughly a $30 farm spend and $55 – $65 value in the supermarkets). At $50 we simply can’t put more in the Box. And many families struggle to get through the volume already. Meanwhile we actually have 40 – 50 fresh farm products each week, many of which are in short supply, cost too much or are too ‘exotic’ to put in the box (cassava, taro, durian). These items end up at our Markets and the RFN Shop. So please come see us there to see all the other wonderful products being grown and produced locally.
The RealFood Network Shop:
There are about 200+/- value-add food producers in FNQ (sauces, jams, oils, etc). It has always been our intention to add these to the product stable. But we knew we had to get the fresh product right first. With 100+ farmers with fresh product, we now feel pretty comfortable expanding the other lines. It will be slow going, because we need to learn as we go and we don’t have the capital ($) to invest in inventory. Each line will need to finance itself, a case-at-a-time. And it will start in the Shop. Right now, you will find:
- Yamagishi Happy Eggs
- Mungalli Dairy Full Cream Milk, Natural Yogurt, Greek Yogurt, Bio-eggs
- LoveLee Cooking – Organic Jam, Sauce, Kasundi, Chutney – made with local ingredients
- Local Honey Daintree Tea
We hope to have soon: Skybury Coffee and Kaizi’s Traditional Coconut Oil and related products.