Backyard Bounty all-Tasmanian Vegie box: 29th September

This week’s boxes small, regular and large boxes include a special fruity treat – a pack of freeze-dried apple wedges from Forager Foods. John & Sophie Ranicar saw an opportunity in 2009 to utilise locally grown fruit to make their healthy Forager Fruits snacks (which are 100% apples, dipped in berry juice for flavour), and built a freeze-drying facility on their northern Tasmanian property. The business diversified into freeze-drying a whole range of foods to order (including a contract to supply freeze-dried foods for the defence force), and have expanded their Tasmanian factory to become the largest freeze-drying facility in Australia, capable of processing 70 tonnes of dried product per year (which adds up to a lot of fresh produce!) All three flavours of Forager Fruits apple wedges are available as an optional add-on to your boxes, all year round, and make a great lunchbox snack – we hope you enjoy them!

Regular and large boxes this week get the last of John’s pink fir apple potatoes for the season – a delicious moderately waxy potato that’s great for salads, but also makes delicious roast wedges too! Next week we’ll resume offering our organic boxes – the same regular $35 box as last year, but also a family-size $55 box – and as a little foretaste, we’ve included some delicious greens from Bruce and Clare at York Town Organics, who are back in full swing again after a fairly quiet winter. We’ve also included delicious in-shell hazelnuts from Huon Hazelnuts in the regular boxes, which are grown without any chemical inputs at Rory & Katie’s Mountain River property. Home-grower Bec has supplied us with another round of delicious Meyer lemons, and we’ve also been able to get some great goodies from Richmond Farm, including some lovely tender sprouting broccoli bunches.