With borders being shut due to COVID-19, its time to explore our great state! In this series of "Ecology & Eat Experience", we will give you some interesting ideas to visit on the weekend. In today's exciting edition, we are focusing in on York. So...York is one of WA's oldest towns (1835 to be exact). Oldest being Albany in 1826, but hey... its a really long time ago! So what can you do this weekend? Yellow Canola Fields From now until the end of September, visit the beautiful YELLOW canola fields ! Please observe below. The Canola fields of York opened up on the 16th of August and will remain open until approximately mid-September. The fields are open every Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm with an entry fee of $5. Now that is something you don't see everyday. Residency Museum While you're there, you should check out the [...]
This season is known as the season of adulthood. Djeran is characterised by the first rain and occurs between April and May. So how do you know that you are Djeran? Well it will be the cooler nights, dewy mornings and windier weather conditions from the southwest. Banksia trees are usually still in flower and start to become a major food source for birds and mammals. Foods that were consumed in Djeran include seeds, freshwater fish, and turtles. During this season, the Nyoongar/Noongar people started to build or repair "Mia Mia" shelters for the cooler seasons to come. Tune in next week to learn about the fourth season, Makuru!
https://www.facebook.com/gwn7news/videos/1578473372340727/ Food You Can Trust and WAFarmersFirst were featured on GWN7 News last night. It was a great acknowledgement of our website and program, but the main event was WAFarmersFirst Milk. WAFarmersFirst milk is re-branding with WAFarmers' own Jess Wallace the brand ambassador and face of the new era. In Jess' own words: "I think its such a strong message that you don't have to be a farmer to support farmers." The milk gives 40 cents per 2 litre bottle back to the industry in a tangible way for consumers to support farming in WA. Next time you are at the supermarket, try WAFarmersFirst Full Cream and Hi-Lo milk and support farming in WA!
I know right? ??? So yeah, broccoli is a brassica. That's the family of vegetable it belongs to, which also includes cabbage, cauliflower and kale. Western Australia grows A LOT OF brassicas. Broccoli contains antioxidants and vitamins such as vitamin C. Its thought to prevent cancer, reduce cholesterol, and reduce allergic reactions and inflammation. But wait, there's more! Broccoli also contains high levels of vitamin K and calcium which are important for bone health. Its also high in fibre which aids in digestion, prevents constipation, and maintains low blood sugar. So yeah, I guess you could say its good for you! If you haven't already... do yourself a favour and give broccoli a try today! Source: Sinha S. 7 health benefits of broccoli. The Times of India. 2014.
Did you enjoy yesterday story about wine? ? Cheers! No seriously, put the glass down. Would you like some more wine...facts...that is? Well, here is the vintage for you and some extra "cool" facts about wine. Did you know that temperature influences the flavour of wine! Temperature affects the sugar-acid balance of grapes, thus the cooler an area is, the higher the acidity giving the wine improved balance. In comparison, warmer regions lead to higher baume (that is the scale of how dense the wine is) and higher alcohol content. Grapes grown in warmer regions ripen faster and are sweeter in flavour. Have you noticed this when tasting wine? Let us know what you think! ?
Bunuru is the hottest part of the year that usually runs from February to March. The season is known as the season of adolescence, or the second summer. ☀️ The Nyoongar/Noongar people used to collect wattle seeds, Banksia flowers, and various roots for food. Bunuru is associated with the blooming of tree species such as Jarrah and Marri. Jarrah trees were used by the Nyoongar/Noongar people for tools while the Marri's resin was considered to be a medicine.
The "first" of the Nyoongar seasons is Birak. Birak is known as the season of the young or the first summer and involves the hot and dry season. It typically runs from December until January. ? Birak is often indicated by hot easterly winds, the shedding of reptiles, and the flowering of Christmas and paperbark trees. In Birak, the Nyoongar/Noongar people used to practice cultural burning which aided in fuel reduction for naturally occurring fires. This burning is also important for the germination of native Australian plant species such as Acacia. ? Let us know if you can recognise the Birak season!
We eat it, we share it, and some like Jessie, grow it. So when a food producer takes time out of the farm schedule to produce something OTHER than what they grow, you know it has got to be special. WAFarmers Board Member Jessie Davis has been busy over the weekend. In addition to farming she somehow found the time to make sausages with friends and family! Over the weekend, Jessie got together with her family and friends in an annual tradition of making Italian SAUSAGE. Good work Jessie! And thank you, we will all be over to your place in a few weeks to try the goods! Do you make anything at home that brings joy to others? If so, we would love to hear about it in the comments below.
WAFarmers CEO Trevor Whittington was recently on the radio talking about the federally funded Kids2Farm educational program. On this radio spot on Rural Focus. Trevor explains that the goal of the program. to educate about agriculture in Western Australia to demonstrate the various jobs in farming show that farming is not all pitchforks and hay bales Interaction normally involves bringing children to see the farms. But, due to COVID-19, we have chosen to bring the farm to the kids. We want to bring the farm to the kids so they can learn about agriculture. Look, touch and feel of what it is to be a farmer. Listen, learn and enjoy... Trevor Whittington talking about "Kids2Farm".
At Food You Can Trust, we are all about encouraging all members of the family to cook at home from locally sourced produce. That is why we have started our own cooking show called "Cooking with Paola: Kids In The Kitchen". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKmeFbX8fV8 In this web series, we will explore how to make tasty dishes at home from local produce that everyone can follow. In today's debut episode, we look at how to make a beef stew with a french twist. Enjoyed our dish? Have other feedback? We'd love to hear from you here at Food You Can Trust.