So at the moment I am working with DCC, doing a few tropical cooking/ garden workshops for “Healthy Darwin”, a new part of council promoting healthy living. There are all kinds of free work out/ fun workshops..
For 6 weeks, in conjunction with Nutition NT, we are running a combo of basic workshops to start people gardening and eating from the garden or local produce at Karama Primary School, after school. It includes a nutrition talk, gardening workshop and a cooking part. Last week was our first week and we had great participation and everyone had a great time. I need to ask the lovely people involved to use their photos, so for now, here is a pic of some leafy greens we picked for the work shop from Lakeside Drive Community Garden. We also planted and used basil, eggplants and tomatoes…
So, while your fruit trees are getting bigger, there are amazing fruits to be found in the local markets. I have a love- hate relationship with Rapid Creek market, our nearest produce market. Most of the stall holders are small market gardeners/ farmers, growing many crops- a much better alternative to large farm mono cropping. There is a great atmosphere and people from all different back grounds, the Rapid Creek shops has the poorly thought out architecture to make you think you are in a developing country, with some busyness and dagginess thrown in. It’s busy and my least favourite feature- it is on Sunday morning, when lying in bed, looking at the sun hitting the louvers wrapped up in the dooner for these relatively chilly mornings is the best place to be. I always drag myself there, as one of the only opportunities to pick up local food and once I’m there start loving it again, seeing what is in harvest this week and catching up with a few people, even indulging in a bit of greasy spicy food… Next week I will take a few pictures and post them, but for now, our fruit for the week, found at the market/ Greenies/ our yard, all from the Darwin region.
The bowl contains pink grapefruit (which our house mate Danny makes into an awesome juice), Sapodillos- chic pudding fruits, star fruit (my favourite), passion fruits and of course bananas.
I forgot I had also got Rose Apples- which are delicious fruits, a little like fragrant apples and a deep pink colour, so here is a photo with them included. Getting fruit from the market is a really inexpensive way buy great fruit for the week, and supporting local farmers and of course not promoting long distance food transportation with all that burning of fuel.
If you are not sure if something is in season or not, ask the stall holders if it is local, because not all produce is at Rapid Creek.
For location, some pics and info, check out http://www.rapidcreekshoppingcentre.com.au/
Paw Paw is one of the easiest things to grow here- low maintenance, on growing and fruiting all year.
Our cucumbers are coming along in the garden too- and there are loads of local cucumbers at the market, local suppliers like Greenies in Rapid Creek or in the rural area.
Add in some mint from the garden/ market and some lime juice and even a chilli.
Pretty much everything in this recipe is local except for a dash of olive oil and some pepper. You can use red onion or home grown spring onion. Bloody delicious and healthy too. The above salad has some added red capsicum for colour and added taste… these are in season too! A bit trickier to grow, but so worth it
Ahh Snake gourd, growing in the trees and everywhere- an amazing vine that grows all year- cut and stir fried or stuffed and so easy to grow. Ours escaped from the veggie patch and were hanging in the trees. Rescently I cleaned up our trellises and I accidentally cut them off. They go a bright orange colour when over ripe and ready to collect seed. Recipe coming soon…
Below they are pictured in a harvest basket with Rose Apples, Paw paws and star fruit..
The Snake bean garden is a community garden at The George Brown Botanic Garden in Darwin. There are plots there that are available for people in the area to grow produce. I went along to their open day on Sunday and delicious cakes, coffees and local ice creams were being served and interesting talks given. The house is going to be an example of sustainable living and is a wonderful part of the botanic garden. The garden is on many terraced levels which gives it a really wonderful feeling There were plenty of leafy greens and dry season produce… For more information go to www.snakebeangarden.com.au
Above not just snake beans this time of year! You can go and check it out any time at the gardens, near Stuart Park.