“What’s the story behind the food” Sophie Budd says passionately. She runs a cooking school, Taste Buds, in central Perth with a huge focus on using local, seasonal ingredients.
It made me think. I know the story behind most of our food. I know our potatoes, carrots and pumpkins come from Vince at the Buy Bellarine Produce Barn, I know that our eggs come from Gurtrude, Maude and Poppy; our three layers in the backyard, I know that our silverbeet is so fresh that it still has grubs on it (I pick it as I need it).
What I don’t know about, is our staples. Our flour, rice, and legumes come from Aldi. Our baking bits and pieces; bi-carb, food colouring and sugar all come from the super market. I justify all this by the fact that our family has freshly baked goods, there is always home made bread in the freezer and , but ideally I’d like to know the producers that make our staples.
I asked the question to the panel, “what do you all do about your staple?.” Honestly I was hoping for “oh, I don’t eat anything that isn’t produced locally” or “look harder”. But I got an honest and helpful answer from Paul Kilmurray, who is the founder of Urban Locavore, and it went a little something like this:
Do what you can.
So I sat, and pondered this while listening to the rest of his response. He talked about how doing something, doing anything is better than doing nothing. So even if people start making the farmers markets a regular shopping trip, if you go to the butcher and ask about where the meat comes from, if you buy something from a little stall on the side of the road, then these are great steps in the right direction.
In the week since Eat Drink Blog, I have made a conscious decision to think more about our staples and buy Australian if we can’t buy locally. If we can’t get something made in Australia, then I am ok with buying it from Aldi, but at least I tried.
Do you buy locally? What’s one small change you can make in your kitchen?