Picking a good apple

Farmers are often portrayed as being a few stubbies short of a six pack. Slow, bumpkins, whingers ... and a host of other stereotypes. I recently interviewed a Queensland apple producer who puts paid to such criticism. He's a man who doesn't fit any of those stereotypes. His name is Will Thompson and he runs Lerinda Apples at Stanthorpe. Will's journey to apple growing … [Read more...]

What I know about birthday cakes

I still remember the first birthday cake I made as a mother. It was a number one. Easy right? I wish. I'm still traumatised by the experience. It had to be just perfect for my little one-year-old. Why? Because it did, alright?! Because my mothering skills were being judged by that cake. Because I was sleep deprived and had been reading too many copies of Donna Hay's … [Read more...]

Thai pines cheaper than Oz grown

Queensland pineapples are now available, but a large QLD grower says suppliers on the East Coast of Australia can’t compete with Thai imports. Gavin Scurr of Pinata Farms says Thai imports are flooding into Western Australia to fill orders, previously supplied by Queensland producers. He says Perth-based importers have identified the lucrative mining market and are importing … [Read more...]

Breaking down misconceptions

Logan food producers are taking their message to Facebook in a bid to overcome misconceptions about how they farm. It’s a common complaint among farmers who operate close to urban sprawl. They say new residents move to the country for the idyllic lifestyle, but don’t fall in love with the reality of farming. There are the early mornings, late nights, noisy machinery, the … [Read more...]