We are back from our holidays in France, in Languedoc.
Pictures were not all taken by me (too difficult with 3 young kids to supervise), it is just for the pleasure of the eyes. The pleasure mainly to buy directly from the producers (when possible).
We ate in galore: melons, zucchinis, tomatoes, apricots, plums, goat cheese…
Our house had a lovely vegetables garden providing us with different kinds of tomatoes, zucchinis, bell peppers…let’s not forget our 4 hens providing us with a few eggs each days ( a hen can produce between 180-280 eggs a year depending on the breed) to the delight of the kids and the adults.
We also gave them a lot of the peels which were intended to the compost as well as their own eggshells (wonderful source of calcium for the chicken).
Needless to say that a lot of people grow their own vegetables and fruits without the help of any chemicals.
It is also one of the largest wine world producers.
The region is blessed with enough rain and sunshine to grow almost anything.
Sadly, it was not the season of figs and blackberries, we missed them by a month.
Wonderful family times, food, wine, scenery, hikes in nature, kayaking, medieval towns all over the region.
Happy to be back in Asia.
The family weekly fresh food.
+ Compost (big news)
On the left, Wed delivery with Julien.
Getting: our weekly honey (for spread & sweetener)
15 eggs, lemon, Italian lettuce (cannot get enough of HK salads), sweet, corn, carrots (small & cute, but high labor in peeling them), dishwasher soap normally we get the refill for $180 for 3 L but they ran out so on the picture just the 1 L for $80 (I hope I can still return the bottle for reuse).
Total cost: $479 (veggies, honey, eggs, dishwasher liquid).
Returning for reuse: honey jar, egg racks, rubber bands, refill shampoo bottle, small paper bags to pack veggies and more importantly…. our last stage compost, the BLACK GOLD, it now needs to be buried.
We kept a big of our compost for our ‘garden’ gave some to our neighbors. For some strange reasons, it gives me a great sense of accomplishment, our family compost in going back to the source in a small HK organic farm, it just feels right.
On the right, Monday Homegrown Foods delivery, beautiful veggies, leeks, broccolis, beets, kale, red cabbage, onions etc.. we have an annual package about $440/ box.
Total for this week for all our veggies, eggs, honey and a bit of cleaning products about $920
We are a family of 6 and most of our meals are homemade, we take lunch boxes to the office with usually leftovers from the previous dinner.
If I would have bought the equivalent in supermarket, our organic products would have most likely been imported via plane, in a refrigerated container and have been plastic wrapped, plus it would cost about double the price that we currently pay.
On the community side, we are preserving the local, grassroots small businesses that are so precious to balance our local economy.
Julien’s contact email@example.com
Homegrown Foods or Eat Fresh are 2 good suppliers of local products (google them).
If you have other contact of local organic producers please share them on this post.