March 31, 2013

Achacha Update – March 2013

Recently we had the good fortune to attend Joel Salatin’s farm masterclasses in Kiama. The three full days were well organised by Milkwood Permaculture.  These included a day on general sustainable farming, one on incorporating chickens on the farm and the other on cattle on the farm. Joel became well known when the film Food Inc was shown a few years ago. The film is an eye opener on healthy and non-healthy farming methods and will shock you if you have yet to see it.  Joel was subsequently named the world’s best farmer by Time Magazine.  Once the harvest is over and we’ve had a few days’ break, we will start implementing some of the things we learnt in the workshops. Milkwood offers many wonderful workshops on a variety of subjects, given by first-class presenters, which provide skills for your home garden or farm.
Below we see Nick Ritar from Milkwood (left), Joel Salatin from Polyface Farms and masterclass with Greg Krivec from Achacha Fruit Plantations (right).

Links:
www.milkwoodpermaculture.com.au
www.polyfacefarms.com
Food Inc documentary

Sydney French Film Festival

There has been a wonderful array of French Films showing in Sydney in March.  The opening film, Haute Cuisine, presented the true story of a French chef, Daniele Delpeuch, and how she was appointed as the private chef for former french President Francois Mitterrand, a gormand. Everyone leaving the film complained of hunger pangs! As a little ‘extra’ Achacha was asked to present gift bags with samples of the fruit to the audience after the film’s second viewing and Q&A at the Chauvel Cinema. Daniele, who was there for a book signing and the Q&A, was delighted to be introduced to the Bolivian fruit given that her daughter-in-law, who now lives in Paris, comes from Santa Cruz. Of course a couple of little Achacha bags found their way into Daniele’s luggage bound for Paris!

The following day Daniele was accompanied to the Carriage Works where she had a relaxed Saturday morning at Eveleigh Markets sampling lots of fine Australian produce. Here we see her at the Achacha stand.

Achacha to Food Bank Brisbane

We are very happy to know that the boxes were put to good use:

Achacha travels to Balmoral High where it is consumed for school breakfasts.

The Sisters of the Missionary of Charity used their boxes as an addition to meals of the homeless and food parcels to families in crisis in the Valley area.

Pastor Kerry McQuaker of CC Ministries in Ipswich said his boxes would be used at school breakfasts, in food parcels and feeding programmes for the Ipswich area.

Sydney Easter Show
On Saturday 30th Achacha will present a demonstration in the main kitchen of the Food Pavilion where we will show how to take the pulp off the seeds using the Thermomix, how the Achacha Thirst Quencher is easily made from the skins and each person attending will be given a sample of the drink along with a tasting of the Achacha Sorbet which will also be demonstrated on the day.  We’ll let you know how it all went in the April News.

The Achacha season should last for another couple of weeks.  As usual many people will be hoarding a few 5 kilo boxes to make the season last just a little longer. Don’t miss out!