Insouciant bon-vivant and erstwhile troubadour prone to verbose verbiage.
Published July 11th 2012
This is what farming looks like
We keep hearing about Coles and Woolworths holding our producers to ransom and now we hear that 5-10% of their revenue comes from pokie machines. Woolworths were recently forced to hold an Extraordinary General Meeting by shareholders concerned over the issue of where their revenue is coming from, though they managed to stall it.
So, sick of filling the pockets of big business? Don't know how to help out our primary producers? Well you can go and pick your own fruit or you can get out and buy direct from the producers and small businesses at one of your local markets. There are literally hundreds of them around the Greater Melbourne Area and prices are usually better than what you'll get at your local McFranchise supermarket. For a small smattering of these markets see below:
thanks for this shall try Boorondara Farmer's Market.
Great research by the way.
I recently wrote an article on Aldi with a similar premise. That we don't have to feel cornered by the big two.
Maintain the rage people! LaTrobe Market in Kingsbury is very very good. If you get there towards closing time you can pick up some last-minute bargains - discounted fruit n veg. There is an avocado man there whose avo's taste lovely. Nothing like the bland ones in Coles & Safeway.
You can get alot of guaranteed australian owned & grown products delivered to your door with Aussie Farmers Direct. They quality is great & prices too. i have used them for years and found them great. I recently tried their beef & lamb roasts and it was the best meat I probably have ever gooded for flavour & tenderness. I highly recommend Aussie Farmers Direct. You can order online or by phone.
La Manna at Essendon Fields, a joy to shop there. Staff more than helpful & will come up to you when they think you can't find what your're looking for. They also play great music & people bounce around with their trolleys. Seniors get 5% discount during the week. Love their fruit & vegies.
Your local IGA, butcher and green grocer. Local outdoor markets and farmer's markets that are in most areas on a monthly basis. The fruit and vegetables are max. 24 hours old AND KEEP FOR much longer in your fridge.Buy fresh fish from a fish-monger in a market near you which is NOT imported from over-fished areas of the Pacific ocean, but caught locally.Victoria market is the best place for this.
I buy my fruit and veg from Aussie Farmers Direct, an online "grocers". They also deliver milk, bread, meat and fish, and other items. I know that the farmers/suppliers are benefiting as all the Aussie Farmers products are 100% Australian owned and made. Jobs in Australia for Australians!!