Last weekend Moruya held the SouthEast Harvest event which was born from an idea to get the region to meet its producers. It’s the 3rd one and it’s held every 16 months to work it’s way through the seasons with the aim of that being so producers get to showcase their wares at their peak. In season. We all get that one by now don’t we.
Anyway it’s only a fairly new event and pretty small but it looks like it might have legs and I’d encourage any growers, fishermen, bakers, cockies from the SouthEast ( pretty much from Canberra east to the sea and south to the border) who want to market their products direct to consumers, to keep an ear out for the next one. You don’t have to bring your lambs, kingfish, broccoli whatever but the consumer is keen to know who you are. A card table, some photos and a handshake is going to get you somewhere I reckon. Be proud of what you do.
On the other side of the coin you consumers out there are going to be so much better off if you know a bit more about the provenance of what goes in your mouth, and your kids mouths. You never know you might need to depend on these people one day. Get to know them. Ask how and why they do what they do, maybe grab some tips if you’re into growing your own. Fact is the more you know about your food supply chain the better you’ll understand how to eat well. The better you eat, the healthier you’ll be. The healthier you are the better your brain will function. If all our brains are functioning well together there is no limit to what we can achieve as a species.
The schools in town are taking this on board. There were visits to the preschool and primary school by Costa Georgadis and if anyone could enthuse a crowd about eating well it is that bloke. Our kids are no strangers to what goes on in the vegie patch but when Costa got excited about them being in the garden you could see how stoked they were getting about it. And the seed’s been planted. The kids have been saying how we need to take progress photos of the beets they planted with Costa when he came out and email them to him. Just because he was interested.
And that might be where it’s at. What if more kids grew up with the idea that other people are actually interested in what they do and the quality of it and the fascination of it rather than how much money they earn and how much stuff they have?