A stall at the Morningside Festival

In the blogasphere is it ok to tell you about my Sunday on a Tuesday morning? Monday disappeared under a pile of washing as we had a beautiful sunny day here in Brisbane with a bit of a breeze – and a row of washing lines out the back just waiting to be filled with billowing sheets.

I set out for the farm at 6:30 on Sunday morning as it was the day of the Morningside Festival and Beelarong Community Farm  where I have my allotment were running a stall. My friend Di took on the responsibility of organising our stall and has been preparing for this event for months.

Volunteers met at 6:45am to load up everything required to set up and stock our stall. We had plants nurtured over the past few months, fresh posies made late on the day before from flowers picked at the farm, jams were made from the rosella bushes that grow at the farm, worm juice from our worm farm, we had gardening books and magazines.

Di also took a great variety of vegetables to set up an impressive display to catch the eye of the passing parade – as well as raising funds for the farm we wanted to encourage new members.

So three cars and a ‘Ute’ were loaded to the gunnels and off we went to set up our stall.

It was a bit nippy when we started setting up but the sun came out and it turned into a beautiful day.

I took some photographs, of course.

Volunteers Amity and Di at the Beelarong stall, Pat seated at the back

A bowl of posies made by Judith using the farm’s flowers and foliage

Di arranged veggies from the farm – displayed with crusty bread to add to the rustic charm

I believe that days like this add so much to the life of our communities. And it’s fun!

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Heidi @ lightlycrunchy
    Jul 31, 2012 @ 11:18:22

    It sounds like fun! I love markets and wandering through the stalls.

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  2. narf77
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 07:11:02

    Don’t worry Jean you are not alone in your loss of Monday. We were heading out to walk the dogs and the car threatened to boycott our walk…battery problems… so we headed off into Launceston on an unplanned battery collection run and lost the day. I must admit I totally enjoyed our impromptu trip into town with subsequent excited dogs walking the city streets and a delicious Chai latte to give us the energy to keep walking in our never ending 12C days of late. I WISH we had a farmers market closer to home. I am starting to think that I might have to start heading around to the local producers here and have a few chats to them about doing something with the fallow local Rowella hall that sits there mouldering until some travelling cowboy with his yodelling dog comes to town. It would be fantastic to hook up in one spot. We have a salmon farm, an organic walnut orchard, a lavender farm, a dairy, lots of beef producers, a fantastic bakery in Beaconsfield and no doubt many more artisan craftsmen/women would come out of the woodwork if they were given a chance to sell their amazing produce. I sometimes think that the only thing lacking down here in Tasmania is the will to put an effort in to facilitate change! Tasmanians are so lacklustre! It’s lucky that we mainlanders are here to inject a bit of smackdown into their complacent lives or they would have allowed the whole darned island to be mined, forested and ruined totally. Whenever I read your blog I am reminded that we have so many different situations in Australia. While we are shivering in our endless 12C days and 0C nights and frost is our constant morning companion, you guys are much milder up there and are actively growing. Your blog has given me the impetus to get stuck into creating veggie gardens this year and I watch it like a hawk lol. I will probably plant all of the wrong plants for Tasmania but what the heck…at least I am planting! 🙂 By the way, self promotion can only be a good thing. If people don’t want to hear they won’t listen but you might just get some new people at the farm who didn’t know about you that inject something new into what you guys are doing at the farm.

    Reply

    • Allotment adventures with Jean
      Aug 01, 2012 @ 14:39:38

      You mention the non-existence of a farmers’ market near you. What a shame, because my understanding is that you grow such wonderful produce down there in Tassie. Looking forward to hearing more about your creation of a veggie garden.

      Reply

  3. narf77
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 07:11:33

    By the way “A pinch and a punch for the first of the month and NO RETURNS!” 😉

    Reply

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