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Bush tucker at Mullum Markets

Last Friday, Mullum Farmers Market hosted a workshop called the Bush Tucker Food Experience as part of the Northern Rivers Food Harvest Trail.

Led by three experts in native Australian foods, Auntie Delta Kaye, Mindy Woods, and Rebecca Barnes, you learnt how to forage, cook, and grow.

With climate change, ageing farmers, and a growing population, there are genuine concerns for our future food security.  So why aren’t we all planting bush tucker foods and cooking with these ingredients?

Mindy said she put it down to people not knowing what to do with native foods. She said that 20 years ago we all thought Asian food was very exotic, although now it’s second nature to use Asian ingredients. Mindy went on to demonstrate how to make a very delicious chicken satay using all Australian native ingredients. (The recipe is on www.mullumfarmersmarket.org.au).

Rebecca had an abundance of native seedlings and explained how easy it is to make your own edible bush tucker gardens, which are water saving, low maintenance, and chemical free. She also spoke of all the various healing properties in native foods.

If you would like further information, come and see Rebecca at New Brighton Farmers Market every Tuesday 8–11am or at Mullum Farmers Market every Friday 7–11am.

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