Waste of The Top End

So as much as organic and local food is the way to go, one of the most important things for us not to do is waste our beautiful food! It is estimated that the average Australian family throws away 20% of the food that they have bought! (ozharvest 2012) That is a lot of food, and that is just the waste at the very end of the supply chain. And I haven’t tracked down any firm stats but I guarantee it must be more up here in the sweaty Top End. We can minimise waste by buying local or growing our own which cuts on transport waste and outlet waste but keeping an eye on what is in the fridge and knowing how to use your left overs is the key!

To draw attention to this I have started a photographic project called “Waste of The Top End” it is fur-tography at its finest. So if you find any monsters in your fridge contact me and I’ll be there with my camera!! Some of the final shots will be on exhibition at CDU 26th October.


Buy a few cucumbers with a delicious salad in mind, from the market- or better still grow them for 2 months, put the cucumbers in the veggie tray of the fridge

Leave the cucumbers in the veggie tray for a few days

Think about making the amazing cucumber salad, but go out somewhere instead/ make something else instead. Leave the cumbers in the veggie tray for a few more days

Forget about the cucumbers

Clean out the fridge and find the cucumbers at the bottom

Arrange on a plate and sprinkle with equally off sprouts, allow to stew in their juices. Enjoy with a glass of wine (white is recommended!, maybe a riesling)

Complement with a side dish of carrot, driven 3000kms, sold in a supermarket and then prepared with a similar technique to the cucumber dish, garnish with some slimy lettuce lingering in a refrigerated plastic bag…. ENJOY..

Below are well matured eggplants and snake beans… you can probably improvise the recipe by now, but don’t forget to add in the good intentions and then busyness for maximum results..

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Peek season week of wonders

This time of year is the most amazing for local produce- pretty much anything I can think of is in season right now (except pineapples) in The Top End. What a special time and an awesome place to be. Below is just a selection of some of the delicious things grown within 100km of us. This is nearly the weekly veg for our house of 4 (adults!) Below is where it is all from …

Bananas– Pretty much organic, our yard- 0 km

Basil– Organic,  Tree climber’s garden, Rapid Creek – 2km

BEETROOT!– Spray Free, From Ronnie (S and H best fresh), Berry Springs (56km), through Greenie’s Real Food

Bitter melon– From Rapid Creek Markets, Humpty Doo Grower (38 km)

Bok Choy– Spray Free, From Ronnie (S and H best fresh), Berry Springs (56km), through Greenie’s Real Food

Capsicum– Spray free From Steve and Corey at Noonamah  (45 km)

Cucumber– Spray free From Steve and Corey at Noonamah  (45 km)

Daikon– From Rapid Creek Market stall

Dill-Spray Free, From Chris and Theresa at Bees Creek (33 km) through Greenie’s Real Food

Eggplants– Organic, Mainly our garden (0km)

Jicama– Rapid Creek stall

Lime Leaf (kaffir)- Our Yard (0km)

Lettuce mix and salad greens–  Spray Free From Ronnie, Berry Springs (56km) through Greenie’s Real Food

Mint-Spray Free, From Ronnie (S and H best fresh), Berry Springs (56km), through Greenie’s Real Food

Tomatoes– Greenie’s lime orchard (Howard Springs- 28km), Our yard (0km) and Dave and Tamara’s, Hu organic farm (Lambell’s lagoon- 56km)

Oregano– our garden (0 km)

Passionfruit– Grown Spray Free by Mary Anne at Darwin River (66 km)

Pepper leaf– Our garden (0km)

Pumpkin- Rapid Creek Market Stall, Humpty Doo farm (38km)

Rose Apple– From the market stall at Rapid Creek- from a farm at Humpty Doo? (38km)

Rosemary– Spray free from Chris and Theresa at Bees Creek (33km)

Spring Onion– Spray Free, From Ronnie (S and H best fresh), Berry Springs (56km), through Greenie’s Real Food

Star Fruit– From Rapid Creek market, Humpty Doo (38km)

Sweet Potato- Our Garden (0km)

Tatsoi– Spray Free, From Ronnie (S and H best fresh), Berry Springs (56km), through Greenie’s Real FoodWater melon- From down the highway

Zucchini– Dave and Tamara’s, Hu Organics, Lambell’s Lagoon(56km)

September Salad

What an amazing month for so many beautiful fruits being in season. 10 kilo watermelons for $8at the side of the road from the Douglas Daly, starfruit at the market and cucumbers still hanging in there; or all of these things in your garden if you are lucky enough. Mixing up the classic fruit and the slightly unexpected savoury fruit, like cucumber and even capsicum is fabulous and refreshing in this steamy weather. Add in some garden chili, mint and lime and you have one mouth watering wonderful September salad… mmmImage

Rapid Creek Markets


One of the best places to get local produce in Darwin- straight from small scale local farmers. And this time of year is probably the best time for an awesome spread of different produce. Sometimes making it before the veggies sell out on a Sunday late morning is a bit hard- but always well worth it when you get there. Veggies for the week, and a fresh juice or curry. The stall holders are great, and there is great home made food to be had too! Do check if you are not sure if produce is local or not, but mostly it is- and you’ll know what is in season. Yum..

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The Recipes are on!

Check out the delicious dishes tab for the first upload of PDF format recipes….

They are in produce order and it is fantastic to have so much local produce around at the moment. So much more to come, including fact sheet links for permaculture stuff and produce profiles!! Enjoy…

And here’s a picture to tempt your appetite, a wrap my partner made the other day. It’s home made flat bread and pretty much everything in it is from our garden. Fresh eggs, herbs, pesto and roasted eggplants, tomatoes and capsicum. This end of the dry season is awesome for Mediterranean veg., but don’t worry the wet season produce to come is just as exciting!!!