It’s early, about 6:30am on Saturday and I’m at the Farmers Market where all the producers are frantically setting up for the day. We come here often to buy amazing fresh produce from local growers, but today I’m not here to buy, I’m here to sell.
I have a long-standing friendship with a local grower – Owen Pidgeon – from Loriendale Orchard. My first “proper” 9-5 job after leaving school was as a website administrator for a government department, and it was there, eleven years ago, where I struck up conversation with Owen about his organic orchard. I knew nothing about organic growing, or local food at the time, but now I realise, establishing real connections with food, and the people who grow it, is as about as important as it gets.
Today, being well into the harvest season, he’s reached out for some help to man the stall and I’m more than happy to assist.
I love telling people that everything is certified organic. I love telling people that all these apples were grown only 15 minutes drive up the road. I love the look of fascination on peoples faces when confronted by a dozen varieties of apples that they’d never heard of before. This is real food, and I’m ‘real proud’ to be selling it.