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July 2, 2022

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Supply chain pain? Try localisation!

A community screening of Local Futures’ new film, 'Planet Local: A Quiet Revolution', will be held today, Friday, July 1, at The Farm in Byron Bay from 6pm. Damon Gameau and Pacha Light will be joining Helena Norberg-Hodge for a discussion afterwards.

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It’s plastic free July!

Did you know that plastic packaging and single-use plastic items make up 60 per cent of all litter in NSW?

Flood-prone land in Murwillumbah swapped for flood-free land 

It has been five years in the making but the innovative land swap of flood-prone land for flood-free land in Murwillumbah is underway with a second round of ‘expressions of interest’ about to open. 

Festival/Byron Council relations strained, motion passes

The operations manager of the Byron Music Festival says her attempts to run the event this year were cruelled by Byron Council staff, who allegedly provided organisers with false information and spoke to them like they were ‘idiots’.

Mullum could lose valuable CBD car park

It’s fair to say residents of Mullumbimby have seen a steady increase in the number of vehicles visiting the...

Labor mulls over the future of persecuted whistleblower and his lawyer, Collaery

While jailed Australian citizen and journalist, Julian Assange, waits for the new Labor government to act on his behalf with US extradition orders from the UK, another whistleblower and his lawyer face court behind closed doors on Australian soil.

Cabarita Surf Club gets $500k funding boost

Cabarita Beach Surf Life Saving Club has secured a $500,000 grant in the NSW Government’s 2021/22 Surf Club Facility Program.

Jane Boniface from Rancho Relaxo. Their award-winning organic cordials are squeezed by hand and pressed through muslin.

Allie Godfrey

It’s citrus season, but, as for all farmers, the Big Wet has made life more challenging for Jane and Jose. After all these years it’s still just those two running the whole show. They have forty acres of organic limes and mandarins, cumquats and mulberries, elderflowers and custard apples, yet Jane says there are days when their sloping terrain is too slippery for them to work on. The rain’s brought everything on early, but that’s included a lot of fruit flies (they sting and eventually rot the fruit) as well as small snails. ‘You just have to wear it as an organic farmer,’ she tells me.

And yet they carry on, their vibrantly green lime cordial, an award-winner, is still selling strongly alongside the elderflower and the mandarin-lime ones; everything squeezed by hand, pressed through muslin. Jane’s been cooking with custard apples, lately using them in muffins, but she says they’re great in curries. Mostly, of course, they’re eaten raw, the creamy white flesh scooped out with a spoon, an instant dessert. They freeze beautifully, she continues – just remove seeds and skins and pop the flesh in the freezer where it remains beautifully white. They’re great in smoothies and ice creams, full of calcium and vitamin C.

Normally she has a copy of her famous flourless orange cake recipe at the markets, but not today. This eternally popular use of citrus is still one of her most faithful, and favourite cakes. For decades I’ve been making a variation; a gorgeously moist, tangy and dairy-free Spanish Citrus Cake. Find Diane Hart’s flourless orange cake recipe on our website: www.mullumfarmersmarket.org.au). But I’m keen to try making custard apple muffins!

Find Rancho’s stall at Mullum Farmers Market every Friday 7–11am and at New Brighton Farmers Market every Tuesday from 8–11am.

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