In the quest to find local food, Kim and I spent the afternoon out and about town and the surrounds.
First, we went to the supermarket to get some milk and yoghurt which we know is locally produced. I am going to make some Caerphilly cheese with the milk this afternoon as our supply is running low.
We picked up a few other things, like Mission corn chips that are reportedly from Melbourne, but no indication if the corn is from around here. We wanted to make sure that there was no Palm oil in the product as most chips are made with, and these were cooked in canola oil. Not sure if they fit in with the diet totally, but the best we could do besides make them ourselves.
I then stopped by the butcher to get some casserole beef for the evening meal. I waited at the counter patiently and when served, I said the young butcher, “Where does the meat come from?”. He replied, “The neck!” It was at this point that Kim, in fits of laughter had to make a quick exit and pretend to look in a shop window whilst holding back the giggles. I replied, “No, where was the meat grown, in Victoria?” “Yes, in Victoria, I think.” Without wanting to embarrass the young lad any more, I bought the meat and put it in the ‘must try harder’ basket for next time.
We then drove to Bacchus Marsh, down the Avenue of Honour, to our favourite fruit and veg shop, Jones Plants and Produce. We bought some local peaches, nectarines, apricots, and cherries. Kim then picked up 2 avocados, origin unknown. I frowned, but let it slip.
On the way back we noticed that there was a slaughterhouse called Westside Meat. I have sent them an email to see if they source local livestock and if they supply any of the local butchers in Melton. I am yet to receive a reply and will ring them today. Kim rang one of the larger butchers in Melton, Tasman Meats, and they told her that they source all of their fresh meat and poultry from Victoria. Not exactly telling us where, but not too bad.
When we got home, I received a reply email from Lauke Flour Mills which I discovered had a mill at Bridgewater on Loddon, which is in my local area. Here is the reply;
Laucke Flour Mills
So far, I think we are doing pretty well, and it has certainly opened my eyes to where a lot our food originates from. Major update on Sunday morning.