21 Apr

I recently blogged about the delicious produce I recently got from Byron Bay Farmers Markets. That post lead to a wonderful exchange with regular reader, Ragamuffin. It turns out that Ragamuffin lives in Alaska. She related how farmers markets are not available for 8 months a year, and sometimes a trip to the produce store may be 6 hours long. I have never considered how difficult it would be for someone to get fresh produce living in such an extreme climate. I can not relate to that type of restrictions for fresh produce as it is such a huge part of our daily diet here.

Once every week or two, we order a $35 box of fresh produce from Fruitos Direct. On the off weeks, we visit farmers markets. In this way, we are able to access a wide range of local and state sourced produce. We specify what we would like in our Fruitos delivery, and I usually aim to get seasonal fruits and vegetables that the whole family will enjoy. I thought of Ragamuffin today as I unloaded my box. I wish everyone had fair and equal access to such gorgeous fresh produce.


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6 responses to “Fruitos

  1. narf77

    April 21, 2012 at 10:22 am

    My adult daughters (22 and 24) want to move to Iceland (don’t ask…It’s best that way…) and after having done an incredible amount of research about Iceland they discovered that all fruit and vegetables have to be grown in heated glasshouses because the climate there is so inhospitable to growing anything that it is simply not possible to produce the fruit and vegetables that we see as basic staples. We get so used to being able to access our fresh produce and we often take it for granted. Steve and I are in the process of building raised beds for our veggie gardens (too rocky to dig) and erecting little enclosures around each raised garden bed (to stop the possums and wallabies that eat EVERYTHING especially onions and garlic their favourite thing). We were discussing with our lecturer about possums. He has a 50acre property and has tried everything to grow veggies to no avail. He has gone from a wide eyed hippy to a pragmatic sceptical lecturer over the course of 30 years and now has a somewhat jaded opinion of anyone setting out to “save the world”. I choose to be optimistic and see everything as a solution that hasn’t been found yet. Your recent post about your garden and solving the logistics of space and no actual soil by using foam boxes bolstered my spirits about everything that we are going to have to do here to simply produce some food. Serendipity Farm is going to be a weird mish-mash of strange structures (artistically rendered of course!), trees with all sorts of weird smooth metal girdles (to stop the possums) that can be let out as the trees mature (we all expand when we mature darlings!) and we might even end up looking somewhat Steampunk the way we are going to have to go. That doesn’t matter though, our son is going to inherit and he doesn’t mind the odd Steampunk moment…now to find enough copper, brass, shiny metal etc. to effect our steampunk change…(now all we need is for the climate to change enough to entice the fruit bats and flying foxes and we will have to renegotiate our boundaries!)

    • mizrhi

      April 21, 2012 at 3:03 pm

      Iceland must be very challenging too. I can only imagine.

      Cheers for the vote of confidence regarding my garden, too 🙂 Things are growing nicely out there at the moment!

      • narf77

        April 21, 2012 at 4:56 pm

        I just caught a rogue chook in my garden! I might be sending up some free range chook to Northern NSW soon! The hens are getting restless…

        • mizrhi

          April 21, 2012 at 5:24 pm


          I think your hubby might have something to say about that! nom nom nom

  2. Ragamuffin Diaries

    April 26, 2012 at 3:56 am

    what a beautiful box of produce! thanks for the mention; we figure out how to get enough fresh food in our diet, but summer is definitely the better time for it! We’ve got a few starts going right now, and are so excited to get our garden going this summer….. 🙂

    • Rhianna

      April 26, 2012 at 8:03 am

      You should post some pics! You have been quite the inspiration for me lately =)


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