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Around the world in 13 urban rooftop farms

Open space in cities is shrinking and density is rising. But while living on a tiny pocket of land may be necessary, urban dwellers are also seeking a connection to nature and see empty concrete rooftops as potential greenscapes. Not only does the rooftop farm offer fresher, more nutritious food with diminished food miles, but these gardens in the sky too provide insulation for buildings and conquer the urban heat island effect. Here’s a quick glimpse at the range of rooftop farms operating around the globe to perhaps inspire your own patch. more

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Good drinking: the top wines to savour in Brisbane

Perhaps you only drink authentic Champagne, or prefer to play a game of blindfolded lucky dip when approaching a wine list. Whether you’ve garnered a taste for vintage drops, or are simply beginning to pay a little more attention to the vineyard and grapes you choose to sup, we’ve rounded up the best wines for drinking right now in our fair city. more

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Agricultural excellence on show at the Ekka

The Ekka may bring bouts of overindulgence in carny food like dagwood dogs, hot chippies and fairy floss, but behind the showbags and exhilarating rides, there’s an underlying horticultural movement nestled within the carnival’s annual presence. Here’s just a taste of the green-thumbed goodness happening at the Royal Queensland Show until August 17. more

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Sup a superfood smoothie from The Sunflower Hotel

Vibrantly hued smoothies packed with nourishing superfoods and topped with fun chunks of cacao nibs and goji berries – these are the colourful creations of The Sunflower Hotel. Each Saturday and Sunday morning, the team behind The Sunflower Hotel preps the market stall for the swarms of early risers padding to the farmers market for their weekly grocery haul and a satisfying serving of pure health. more

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The Grocer: Taro

August means the start of taro season for Queensland, with the peculiar root vegetable available through to March. If you're unfamiliar with the bulbous specimen, its brown fibrous outer is lined with rough ridges, while the inner white flesh is freckled with purple flecks. more

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Adopt an Italian olive tree with Nudo

While you might be able to fit a fledging potted olive tree on your inner-city balcony to harvest a couple of the green pods for marinating, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to produce your own olive oil, irrespective of your best intentions on your journey to self-sufficiency. However, a collection of olive groves in the east of Italy and Sicily are here to help. more

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The Grocer: Fennel Pollen

A hardy perennial plant, fennel comes from the celery family apiaceae and is native to the Mediterranean coast, particularly Italy, but can also be found growing near sea coastlines or along riverbeds. While the bulb, foliage and seeds are widely used in cooking, another element of the plant should not go to waste. more

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Fallow launches own artisanal organic tea brand

We were once told not to judge a book by its cover. But these days, we find ourselves judging all manner of things – jars of jams and pickles, slabs of butter, bags of coffee – based simply on the outer branding of the goods in question (though usually these dapper-looking items also practise excellent values at their core). more

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The Grocer: Umami

If you’ve ever sat down to mum’s spaghetti bolognese and mechanically sprinkled on lashings of parmesan cheese or happily added an extra smothering of tomato sauce to your cheesy double-patty burger, these motions may not be come down to preferred taste, but instinctual eating built in to the taste receptors sitting pretty on your pink tongue. In Australia, we grew up recognising four types of taste – sweet, sour, bitter and salty. But there is a fifth taste also worthy of attention, umami. more

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The Grocer: Ghee

India’s own heavenly creation, the creamy substance of ghee is a delicious natural cooking oil. Concocted from unsalted butter, ghee is the pure butter fat left over after milk solids and water are removed from butter. more