February 25, 2017

Organic Farmers & Market Report – 25th February 2017

Every week the price of organic fruit and vegetables change twice to reflect what is happening in nature and in the industry. Things like weather, pests, over or under production, supply and demand, and harvesting conditions can all affect the pricing. The Organic Butler believes in transparency, so each week, we write a report – an insider scoop, to let you know what has happened throughout the week. This is just a way to help you connect back to nature, to the food you eat and to the people who grow it. It helps to have an understanding of why things aren’t available all year round, and what you can expect from the quality from week to week.   TOP TIPS FROM BECKII    Over the last week, we’ve had a few people ask how fruit and veg that appear on the market report can be unavailable. Here’s how it works. If you go to a shop to get your produce, it’s there until it sells (for whatever length of time that may be before someone buys it). When you go in and buy it, you know exactly what is available because it’s right in front of you. When you get your fruit and veg from The Organic Butler – we order in advance, so we can only estimate what may be actually arrive. We find out what is actually available – the day it arrives with us, right before we pack and then deliver. Whatever we purchase, has already been bought by our customers (which means there is little to no […]
February 11, 2017

Is organic food just a fad?

Today, consumers strive to be informed about how their food is produced, including what chemicals were used in the process and how the production process affects the environment. This inevitably sparks important discussions, as we would like to know on what grounds we are spending more money on our food. At one of the highest price tags, it’s no surprise that organic food is a hot topic. Organic produce does cost more compared to conventional counterparts [1], and this makes some people wonder if farmers are simply trying to win them over using popular trends. This contributes to relatively slow growth of the organic segment. In Australia, organic produce still accounts for less than 1 per cent of horticulture production.   So is organic just a fad? We strongly believe that it’s not. Today, we’re going to discuss the benefits of organic produce and just what makes it so wonderfully different! Specifically, we’d like to focus on controversy surrounding pesticide use in organic farming.   One little horror story: chemicals Organic certification is a relatively new kid on the block, and consequently, there are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to certain aspects of organic farming. For instance, the majority of consumers state that their reason of buying organics is to avoid pesticides [2]. It’s not surprising then, that they feel very confused upon discovering that organic farming still uses pesticides and fungicides to protect the crops! This is a sad consequence of oversimplification, as initially it seemed easier to tell potential consumers that no “nasty chemicals” are used […]
February 10, 2017

Organic Farmers and Market Report – 9th February, 2017

Every week the price of organic fruit and vegetables change twice to reflect what is happening in nature and in the industry. Things like weather, pests, over or under production, supply and demand, and harvesting conditions can all affect the pricing. The Organic Butler believes in transparency, so each week, we write a report – an insider scoop, to let you know what has happened throughout the week. This is just a way to help you connect back to nature, to the food you eat and to the people who grow it. It helps to have an understanding of why things aren’t available all year round, and what you can expect from the quality from week to week. TOP TIPS FROM BECKII  Its been a few weeks since the last farmers report. I was talking to Brian the last time I headed over to the farm and he was telling me how lucky our customers are. Not only are we getting produce super fresh (usually on the day it has been picked from the farm), but the usual process for them to send items to market is to pick on the Monday – leave in the coolroom until the Wednesday, they transport it to the market on the Thursday, and it goes up for sale on the Friday or Monday at the wholesale market. When we get it out to our customers the Tues-Fri that it has been picked (before it even hits the wholesale market for sale to retailers!!) We’re getting the produce between 3-7 days before the wholesale markets even […]
January 28, 2017

Organic Farmers & Market Report – 28th January, 2017

Every week the price of organic fruit and vegetables change twice to reflect what is happening in nature and in the industry. Things like weather, pests, over or under production, supply and demand, and harvesting conditions can all affect the pricing. The Organic Butler believes in transparency, so each week, we write a report – an insider scoop, to let you know what has happened throughout the week. This is just a way to help you connect back to nature, to the food you eat and to the people who grow it. It helps to have an understanding of why things aren’t available all year round, and what you can expect from the quality from week to week. TOP TIPS FROM BECKII  This last week was an interesting one. We had such a great variety of organic fruit and veg early in the week, but by the time the public holiday came around, we were struggling, especially with fruit for the value boxes. Luckily we had a good amount of stone fruit. It is towards the end of the season, so does need to be eaten quickly and put into the fridge straight away. When there is a public holiday, we can no longer give an extra day to order. The market and the farm need notice to get everything that we have ordered. Especially when they are likely to carry less produce in stock. Bananas are still a bit hit and miss in availability. We’re missing them too – they’re a staple in most houses, so we totally understand the disappointment […]
January 28, 2017

The surprising meaning of your fruit and veggies

Are the looks deceiving? The surprising meaning of your fruit and veggies’ shapes   Have you ever looked at that walnut thinking how much it resembles the human brain? Or perhaps you secretly feel sorry every time you face the need to slice up a little ginger man to throw his remains into some kind of a delicious stir fry a second later?   If you’ve just whispered “yes”, you’re definitely in a good company. Turns out it’s more than just our imagination, and there are numerous nutritious foods such as fruit and vegetables that cleverly mirror the body parts they provide the most essential nutrients for!   Before we go into too much detail, a quick disclaimer – of course, the amazing whole foods listed below are extremely beneficial for the entire body. The following classification is just a fun reminder of some key beneficial properties of these foods, not a bold scientific claim.   It doesn’t mean, however, that our list of look-alikes is not useful! For instance, it can become a nice engaging way to help your kids wrap their mind about beneficial properties of fresh produce – almost in a form of a game. You may also find that bringing the points above up in social situations make great conversation starters, providing you with a perfect opportunity to tell your loved ones more about the amazing properties of wholesome fresh organic foods.   Either way, coincidence or not, here is our comprehensive list of great foods looking exactly like the body parts they’re good for:   […]
January 20, 2017

Organic Farmers & Market Report – 20th January 2017

Every week the price of organic fruit and vegetables change twice to reflect what is happening in nature and in the industry. Things like weather, pests, over or under production, supply and demand, and harvesting conditions can all affect the pricing. The Organic Butler believes in transparency, so each week, we write a report – an insider scoop, to let you know what has happened throughout the week. This is just a way to help you connect back to nature, to the food you eat and to the people who grow it. It helps to have an understanding of why things aren’t available all year round, and what you can expect from the quality from week to week. TOP TIPS FROM BECKII    Another week and the market is absolutely brimming in vibrant colour this week! I am SO happy – Grapes are back!!!! Once you taste these beauties – you will be instantly transported to cloud nine. Pop one in your mouth, and let the taste overwhelm your senses.. SERIOUSLY – they’re like healthy candy. Their sweetness is out of this world!! Pineapples have also returned – huge and juicy  – you just want to lick the plate ( I won’t tell! ) Most are ready and ripe right now! Ready to eat when they get delivered to your door. Mangoes have made a return – delicious and tangy – great idea to get a tray and freeze for your summer smoothies! Cantaloupes (rockmelon) are also back – they’ve been extra sweet and yummy this year! Local strawberries available. Carrots are […]
January 14, 2017

Organic Farmers & Market Report – 14th Jan 2017

Every week the price of organic fruit and vegetables change twice to reflect what is happening in nature and in the industry. Things like weather, pests, over or under production, supply and demand, and harvesting conditions can all affect the pricing. The Organic Butler believes in transparency, so each week, we write a report – an insider scoop, to let you know what has happened throughout the week. This is just a way to help you connect back to nature, to the food you eat and to the people who grow it. It helps to have an understanding of why things aren’t available all year round, and what you can expect from the quality from week to week. TOP TIPS FROM BECKII  It’s only the second week back for 2017,  a lot of our growers took time off over the holidays (good for them – everyone needs a break!) which means that the produce is playing catch up with supply once again. We love how understanding our customers are with the ebbs and flows of the season and availability of the produce! The best way of ensuring you get a weeks supply is to either order a seasonal value box, or order according to weight, but order a little more variety (I usually plan for an extra 2/3 meals) just in case anything is unavailable. This week I’ve noticed a huge drop in a lot of prices, which means that abundance is again building – woohoo! Abundant (supply is abundant and exceeding demand, price is low) Lots of good vegetables […]
December 30, 2016

Thank you for being the reason I look forward to waking up everyday.

It’s actually true. You guys are the reason I get out of bed every single morning. Each of us have two missions in this life. One is an individual and personal mission. This is the one most of us spend our young adult life and sometimes longer seeking. But what comes before that – something way more simple and much more important… that is present from the day we are born. We often lose sight of it, and get caught up in what we need to have or what we need to do. Each of us is a human being. A human being! Our job is “to be”, first! That is our primary mission! So what does it mean “to be”? Living in the moment. Feeling. Being mindful. Noticing your senses. Being awake. Opening your heart. Realizing that we’re all connected and a part of something much bigger than our own individual world. That we can slow down and take the time for one another. That we can be the change. Sounds simple – but it’s something we often forget. There’s been many times over the past 4 years that we have worked together as a community. Strangers coming together as friends, to make a difference. Whether you’ve joined recently, or been with us from the start – YOU are a part of our team and we need you guys to make everything work. It doesn’t matter whether you order or not. If you connect to our story, and you believe in helping us create more togetherness, more belonging and more support, then you’re helping us achieve our mission. And for that […]
December 30, 2016

Organic Farmers & Market Report – 1st Jan 2017

Every week the price of organic fruit and vegetables change twice to reflect what is happening in nature and in the industry. Things like weather, pests, over or under production, supply and demand, and harvesting conditions can all affect the pricing. The Organic Butler believes in transparency, so each week, we write a report – an insider scoop, to let you know what has happened throughout the week. This is just a way to help you connect back to nature, to the food you eat and to the people who grow it. It helps to have an understanding of why things aren’t available all year round, and what you can expect from the quality from week to week.   The Report from the Melbourne Market Avocado, Banana, Blueberries, Cherries, Kiwis, Passionfruit, Peach, Rockmelon, Strawberry, Valencia Oranges, Watermelon. Brown Onions, Potato, Pumpkin, Beans, Beetroot, Broccoli, Celery, Corn, Cherry Tomato, Cucumber, Eggplant, Mushroom, Red Capsicum, Tomatoes, Saucing Tomatoes, Snow Peas, Zucchini. Basil, Coriander, Dill, Mint, Parsley, Rosemary. Kale, Spinach, Salad Mix. Head across to the shop now and place your order for next weeks deliveries!
December 29, 2016

Could kale be the most misunderstood veggie?

What the… Why am I asking you guys to eat a frog?? Yeah I thought exactly that when I first heard the saying too. Mark Twain once said that if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long. To “eat the frog” is a way of saying, do your most hated task first, and then the rest will fall into place and the rest of your day will be super easy. Kale is my frog. It’s my most intolerable tasting veggie, and judging by the amount of people that exclude kale every week, it’s most of our customers frogs too. (Don’t worry – we have stopped including it in our boxes …. but after reading this email,you may like to add it on and give it a go!) This week, we thought we’d include some ways to “eat the frog” . It’ll give you the boost you need to get through the day with energy and momentum for healthy living! Why eat it at all? Kale juice specifically is considered to be one of the most nutritious juices in the world with an extremely powerful antioxidant, and anti inflammatory properties. Great for boosting your immune system. One study found that daily consumption of kale juice for 12 weeks increased HDL (the “good”) cholesterol by 27% and lowered LDL levels by 10%, while also improving antioxidant status. Per calorie, kale contains more iron than beef, […]