Eating Seasonal Vegetables in Winter

The real benefit of growing your own vegetables is being able to eat seasonally. However, it is easy for anyone to choose vegetables that are in season as the basis of their diet. Not only are seasonal vegetables fresh, plentiful and well priced but they can also be sourced more locally and so will have travelled fewer miles to reach us which makes for sustainable … Continue reading Eating Seasonal Vegetables in Winter

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Delicious Australian Grown Apples from Orange

Early this morning at Parklea Markets in outer Sydney we were spoilt for choice for the finest apples and pears brought to us direct from the premier fruit growing region of Orange in NSW. With those magnificent apples, just picked, crisp and delicious, it was hard to decide which varieties to buy this week. Then there were the many different varieties of sweet pears. I … Continue reading Delicious Australian Grown Apples from Orange

Culturing Milk Kefir

    Kefir is a fermented milk drink originating in the north Caucasus Mountains and is a rich source of probiotics.┬áProbiotic bacteria found in kefir products include Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium bifidum, Streptococcus thermophilus, Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus, Lactobacillus helveticus, Lactobacillus kefiranofaciens, Lactococcus lactis, and Leuconostoc species. It has even been mentioned in the writings of Marco Polo of his travels among the Tartars: “They drink … Continue reading Culturing Milk Kefir

2017 Collectors’ Plant Fair Sydney

The Collectors’ Plant Fair Sydney returns in 2017 with over 80 growers from all over Australia, bringing their array of unusual and rare plants to you. Its just a month away. Bring your friends, buy a plant that is not easily available, chat with growers and experts, find that book or have a coffee and enjoy a day out amongst other plant lovers. There is … Continue reading 2017 Collectors’ Plant Fair Sydney

Australian Apples and Pears Grown in Orange

Support our farmers Here in Parklea we are lucky enough to to have the only farmers selling direct to the public at Parklea Markets in Western Sydney. Rod Ostini and his son Boris bring their fresh produce from Orange, New South Wales to Parklea Markets in Western Sydney every weekend. The fruit is grown in the Orange district of NSW, a major cherry and apple … Continue reading Australian Apples and Pears Grown in Orange

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Enjoying and Growing Pulses

The year 2016 was nominated as the International Year of Pulses. We joined the activities by listing recipes on this page along with links to information pages for growing various pulses in the home garden. Check out the recipes and growing information below. Last year we grew Chickpeas with success and you can see the plant in the banner of this post and photographed below. … Continue reading Enjoying and Growing Pulses