Supporting farmers and buying local is back in fashion

HAND PICKED: Kim and Jason Lewis from Cooloola Berries promote buying and selling local.
HAND PICKED: Kim and Jason Lewis from Cooloola Berries promote buying and selling local. Amber Macpherson

AS OUR earth evolves, the mantra "think global, act local” becomes more and more relevant every day.

With Queensland due to outlaw single use plastic bags next year, the throw-away culture is decreasing and society is becoming more conscious of the environmental impact of its decisions.

Riding this new-age wave of eco-awareness is farmers and producers on the Sunshine Coast.

Voodoo Bacon owner George Francisco produces his bacon out of Belmondo's on Rene St.

He said he's noticing a rise in people forgoing the supermarket for groceries, and instead heading to farmers' markets for quality and fresh ingredients.

"We're locally made bacon and we're nitrate free,” Mr Francisco said.

"I see it especially at the markets, people wanting to buy local, they're after the quality local ingredients.

"There's more and more people who are interested, who are aware of wanting local, sustainable produce and food and it's a great thing to see.”

Mr Francisco said one of the things he's mindful of in his business is food miles - the less travelling food has to do to be produced, the more energy efficient.

He currently sources his pork from northern New South Wales, but has struggled to meet farmers closer who live up to what they advertise.

"I'm currently sourcing my pigs from Ballina, which isn't as local as I'd like it to be,” he said.

"I'm really conscious of food miles, to get as local as possible.

"I've sourced free range pork from closer locations before to make my bacon, but it's not what you would think free range is.

"You'd think free range would be pigs out in a paddock, running around, happy pigs, but they weren't, they were inside cooped up, only let out for a few hours a day.

"In Gympie, I know there is free range pork farms so I'd like to get pork from there. It's just a matter of finding them and linking up.

"As a consumer, I want to know what did you do with it (the food), where did you get it, so you know the full circle, the story behind the produce.”

In a huge Australian strawberry industry, Cooloola Berries farmers and owners Kim and Jason Lewis promote small-scale production and the benefits of working together with local producers.

Their Wolvi farm produces not only quality strawberries, but also features a range of products from local producers from the Sunshine Coast, Gympie and Fraser Coast.

"Here in Noosa, tourists walk in to a cafe or restaurant seeking local suppliers and produce,” Mr Lewis said.

"Some suppliers or shops say it's local produce, but it's just from anywhere in Queensland.

"All of our fruits are sold locally,” Mrs Lewis said.

"We have about 100 families a week to the farm to pick strawberries and try the produce.

"I think people are becoming more aware of what they're buying and where it comes from.

"They want to see the process, how it begins and grows, and is picked and produced.

"That's why people come to the farm gate, to try sweet, ripened fruit that's as fresh as it gets - like it used to taste.

"We show our passion when they (customers) come to the gate.”

Topics:  cooloola berries eco-friendly farmers noosa produce slow food voodoo bacon

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Never too young or old-er to be champs

COMMUNITY CHAMPIONS: Outstanding first aiders Lilly Tindal (back) and Lara Porter with club mates Joseph Goulding and Tim Moody.

Noosa Heads lifesavers hailed as community inspirations

Call to remove 'killer' nets

TANGLED UP: This sub-adult bottle nose dolphin was killed in shark nets off Noosa's Main Beach on Wednesday.

Local upset by shark net toll

Who took the chair?

Irene and Steve Jesienowski at the location of the now-departed seat

Residents find view seat missing

Local Partners

Noosa being taken for a ride with high fuel prices

A Noosa councillor is fed up with Noosa continuously being taken for a ride by petrol providers and has made an official complaint to the ACCC.

Bundy mum blogging to get families offline

FAMILY FUN: Deonie Crowther is holding family craft sessions at the Windmill Cafe in Bargara.

Crafty projects a hit with parents and children

Take luxury food, wine tour around Toowoomba

FOODIE CULTURE: Emily Moon (left) and Cheryse Bliesner with the Hummer used for Toowoomba's Luxury Food and Wine Tour.

It is designed to highlight the best produce the region has to offer

Country music stars coming to Ipswich

Ipswich will get it's country on when The Country Superstars Tribute Show hits town on Friday, June 30 at Brothers Leagues Club.

A UNIQUE tribute show will bring a bit of country into the city.

Game of Thrones: Crucial details you probably forgot

IT’S been a while since we’ve been to Westeros. But there are some crucial story points you need to remember before we head back there for season seven.

Pregnant Serena Williams nude on cover of Vanity Fair

"My heart dropped. Like literally it dropped,”

Wonder Woman sequel underway

Gal Gadot in a scene from the movie Wonder Woman.

IT’S no surprise plans are already underway for Wonder Woman 2.

MasterChef: Fish fry feast too much for Ipswich cook

Willowbank native Nicole Stevenson has been eliminated from MasterChef.

NICOLE Stevenson narrowly misses out on MasterChef's Top 10.

Thor on holiday: Chris Hemsworth is here!

If you didn't know who he was - you'd think he was a local

Agent judged among the world's best

Century 21 on Duporth principal Damien Said with team members Ryan Tomlinson, Jamie Smith, Kristie Cannon, Andrew Richardson and Sarah Beckman at the Maroochydore office.

Sunshine Coast real estate agent named in world-wide group's top 25

Island caretaker has weeks to live, abandons paradise

St Bees managing director Phil Webb, has been struck with illness and it has prompted the sale of the island.

His health has deteriorated in the past couple of months

Prime CBD site sold as laneway culture progresses

The Longs building Ruthven Street has been purchased by a group of investors to be renovated into a series of shops/eateries.  June 2017

How investors and council plan to transform the Toowoomba CBD

Gateway opens to $3b Coast mega estate

VISION: An artist's impression of the Palmview development 'Harmony' and its linear park.

New road provides link from the past to the future

Major German supermarket set to open in southeast Queensland

German supermarket giant Kaufland is understood to have approached southeast Queensland councils about a possible distribution centre, which would kickstart the establishment of new supermarkets.

Supermarket giant Kaufland has its eyes firmly on Queensland.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!