31 May 2009
Girls' Day Out
You see so many of these groups of girls around Daylesford every weekend and I imagine them doing the same things and having the same conversations as our chooks.
They discuss their husbands, swap recipes, brag about their children and choose where to have their next meal.
I suppose they are having a sort of beauty treatment.
They are filling their feathers full of dust to rid them of mites and lice.
A kind of cut, colour and blow wave.
28 May 2009
We spent this morning picking carrots to deliver to the restaurants and cafes around Daylesford.
These carrots were planted last January and endured 40°+ days over summer and a bushfire that raced through the bush less than 500 metres from where they grow.
Pulling them up out of the ground often feels like a lucky dip.
You never know what size or colour you'll get.
As a bunch they are called Heirloom Variety Four Coloured Carrots.
Individually are called Purple Dragon, Orange Chantenay, Yellow Austrian Lobbericher and Belgian White.
After we had picked the amount we needed we washed the dirt off them.
Aren't they gorgeous!
26 May 2009
Meet Bingo and Banjo
Bingo is named after that song
There was a farmer had a dog and Bingo was his name o.
Bingo is a Maremma breed of farm dog.
Maremmas originated in Italy and were bred to guard sheep from wolves
These days they are used all around the world to protect all types of animals.
We love our Maremmas for the wonderful work they do to protect our chooks.
Bingo lives with our baby chickens and protects them from foxes.
24 May 2009
Thank you quince tree
But this year there have been countless batches of stewed and mashed quince pulp dripping their rose coloured and sweet perfumed juice through muslin.
All that liquid has been boiled into jelly and poured into jars and labelled.
My Mum calls it bottled Autumn.
20 May 2009
It is great to have such community support.
We made these mosaics in my 8 year old's class at Art Attack Day (like Sports Day but Art) today. They will be grouted and then hung in the Stephanie Alexander kitchen garden in the school.
18 May 2009
"Honey honey how you thrill me aha honey honey..."
A few weeks ago Bren and Andy carefully removed a couple of frames from each of our bee hives being careful to leave enough for the bees to eat over the cold winter months ahead.
When the frames are removed the honey is covered in wax.
As the bees finish filling each cell in the honey comb they cover them with wax, this is called capping. They do this to protect and preserve the honey.
The first part of extracting the honey is to remove the cappings.
Using a hot, sharp knife you scrape them off.
17 May 2009
We are in Vogue!
There are photos of our produce, a little blurb about us and recipes using our eggs and vegetables by Alla Wolf Taska from The Lake House and Matt Wilkinson from Circa.
It's all very exciting.
And meanwhile, back at the farm, can you guess what we are doing today?
13 May 2009
When we arrived we country mice couldn't believe the view from our hotel window.
In this photo we are on our way down in the lift to have a pre party drink with Joy from DMP and Carla and Anne Marie from The Holy Goat Dairy.
We farmers scrub up alright eh?
The award ceremony was held at a Justin North's restaraunt Etch. It was a long, narrow room absolutely jam packed with hundreds of people from the glamerous side of the food industry. There were platters of food being passed around which were made from the winners' produce. Our dish was a beetroot tart with horseradish chantilly.
Matt Preston MC'ed the night and presented the awards which was a bit of a thrill as we have been watching Master Chef. He announced a few awards and their winners. Then he read out the gold medals (runners up) for the From the Earth category. He read out a whole lot of names but not ours. It all went very quickly but I think I was a bit disappointed at the time.
And then he announced the overall winner of the category. Daylesford Organics. Woohoo! What a thrill! We had won!
We went up, we kissed and posed for photos and then were whisked off for more photos.
The next award was the From the Paddock category in which we won a gold medal for our eggs.
The next hour was spent shmoozing with chefs, reviewers, PR people, Vogue people and the other producers. It was amazing that Joy won The Regional Award and the Holy Goat Girls won From the Dairy and Producer of the Year. What an amazing night for this part of the world.
Surprisingly the next day we weren't too hungover and were able to take in some of the sights with our new friend.
I had to put this photo in because my 8 year old says it's her favourite. She thinks he looks like a 'Hollywood movie Star', even a bit like Zac Efron!!
There was much excitement and show and tell when we arrived home last night. But there's nothing like three little children to ground you and get rid of any illusions of glamour and the high life.