Next week I fear my popularity will hit rock bottom. I have decided it could be wise to take my umbrella on every outing, a handy shield to deflect flying pastry. As a judge in Ballarat’s Winterlude Pie Competition, I will be expecting at least one pie in the face. Honestly I’m not too worried about the wrath I’ll encounter as there are numerous pros who have been asked to partake in a feast of 28 local pies.
A thriving community requires fresh quality produce from a sustainable food supply. Land on the city fringe is still important to our economy and we are aware that it's our obligation to support our local producers. If we can all start to make an effort to supplement our regular grocery shop from local produce markets as a priority before filling the rest of our needs from the supermarket, we can reap the health benefits while supporting our region’s economy. It may take a some more effort and planning to create our meals from the local seasonal produce on offer, but it will provide a far more tasty and nutritious diet for our families.