bought some end-of-season fresh figs on saturday.
last night we made pizza with chicken marinated in lemon and honey, then put on the pizza with slices of fresh fig, more honey drizzled on top. dollops of sour cream on top. marvellous.
tonight we had shasliks with chicken marinated in asian sauces, capsicum, onion, zucchini, and fig slices. pretty darn good. followed by fresh local strawberries marinated in caster sugar and vino cotto with ice cream. yum.
figs are my favourite cooking fruit at the moment. our local fruit & veg shop is sourcing as much local food as possible and puts the names of the growers next to the produce. It's great and their prices are good, so I'll start there every weekend from now on.
for many months our church has been supporting fruit growers from waikerie by buying their produce direct. last christmas, boxes of presents were sent there for their families. today we had some visitors from the town who came to say thanks and tell us about the challenges of growing fruit in a drought, and the dreadful price differentials enforced by the wholesalers and retailers. even having some idea about the power of 'retail giants' it was very sobering information. The corporate takeover of farming across many sectors is a double-barreled dilemma for growers and consumers.