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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

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The Grocer: Cacao

An elixir of happiness and health, cacao is the superfood cousin of cocoa that makes convincing ourselves to eat the block of chocolate in the pantry a no-brainer. more

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Carseldine Farmers and Artisan Markets launches Saturday

Running every Saturday from 6:00 am to 12:00 pm, the new Carseldine Farmers and Artisan Markets will bring together seasonal fresh produce from Southeast Queensland farms, gourmet provisions, artisan breads, fish and meat vendors, along with local designers, painters and performers. Strolling through the new northside market, punters will be able to fill their eco totes with apples from Stanthorpe, citrus from Gatton and strawberries from Sunshine Coast, before tucking in to a range of tempting breakfast options like waffles and Japanese street food, coffee and juice. The first market is on this Saturday June 21 at the former QUT campus on the corner of Beams and Dorville Roads in Carseldine. Entry to the market is free and parking is available on-site. more

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Alchemy Cordial Company makes fine refreshments

While most children of the 1990s grew up gulping back glasses of sugar-loaded cordials after school, Michael Bishop had a plan to turn traditional cordial on its head. In 1997, he founded Alchemy Cordial Company, which started as a humble market stall selling homemade cordials and has since grown to become a renowned manufacturer and marketer of naturally flavoured beverages. more