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May 24, 2019

  • Featured in the Green Grocer
  • Ordering a vegie bag online
  • In your vegie bags this week
  • Autumn recipe
  • Spotlight on our growers and makers
  • Cooking class - curries
  • Young Dark Emu
  • John Sutcliffe and the Grow Lightly Shop
  • What's happening this week

Featured in the Green Grocer

Cauliflower Romanesco

This is Romanesco Cauliflower or sometimes Romanesco Broccoli. Its chartreuse colour falls somewhere between broccoli and cauliflower, but what truly sets it apart from the others is its unmistakable texture. Its spiky yet symmetrical style looks like an unsolved math puzzle, and offers a super textural, crunchy experience. Similar to broccoli, Romanesco is great for anything from crudites, to a simple steamed dish, or even roasted on a sheet pan. Expect a flavor closer to broccoli, with a slightly earthier profile.
Did you know that a Romanesco is a beautiful example of a Fibonacci fractal in the natural world? The number of spirals on the head of Romanesco broccoli is a Fibonacci number where each number is the sum of the two preceding ones related to the golden mean. They appear many times in the natural world e.g. branching in trees, the arrangement of leaves on a stem, the flowering of an artichoke, an uncurling fern and the arrangement of a pine cone's bracts. But really all we need to know is that they are delicious and nutritious.

Thanks to Sandra Pietrolungo for the photo

Save time and eat healthily and seaonally

It's super easy and convenient for busy families and so good for everyone.

The bags cost $28 each and are a mix of fruit, vegetables and nuts that are in season. They are available for order via the Open Food Network. Our online shop is now open and 'ready for business'. The address is:
If you have any queries or concerns regarding our ordering process please ring Becky on 0490 449 229.

This is some of what may be in your vegie bags this week:

  • potatoes
  • apples
  • onions
  • bok choi
  • purple baby broccoli
  • capsicum
  • carrots
  • limes
  • mandarins or feijoas



Simple Vegetable Soup

    5 cups chicken or vegetable broth
    1 tbsp. olive oil
    1 onion, chopped
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    can or jar of tomatoes
    3 carrots, chopped
    2 stalks celery, chopped
    1 large sweet potato
    1 tsp. dried basil
    1 tsp. dried oregano
    1 tsp. smoked paprika
    1 bay leaf
    1/2 tsp. dried thyme
    1/4 tsp. black pepper
    salt, to taste
    fresh parsley, for garnish


Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat, Add the onion and garlic and sauté until translucent, about 3-5 minutes.
Add the tomatoes and spices/herbs. Stir well and keep sauteing until most of the liquid from the tomatoes has evaporated and the spices are fragrant, about 5 minutes.
Add the carrots, celery and sweet potato. Stir and add the broth. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer, and cook, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are completely tender and beginning to fall apart, about 25 minutes.
Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately. Garnish with some fresh parsley.

Recipe adapted from the Nutrition Refined website.


Yay! Foods
YAY! is run by two sisters, who are passionate about ethical business, passionate about veganism, and passionate about amazing food. The name YAY! was born when they tapped into how they wanted people to feel about their food, and how they wanted to feel while running the business.

Ethical business is important to YAY! They donate 10% of their profits to Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary, and choose the most environmentally friendly and sustainable packaging options for their food, such as fully compostable packaging instead of plastic. They always look for situations where there is a win-win for everyone involved - for themselves, their stockists, their customers, the animals and the planet.

Their marinated vegan feta is taking the world by storm. Their feta was voted Melbourne’s best vegan feta, by a huge margin, in a recent online survey.  It was also given a perfect score of 10/10 by both judges in a vegan feta food tasting review on YouTube.

Check out this site for more information

Our next cooking class - Curries

Class is on June 6. Book now for your early bird tickets!

What are the benefits of a good curry? As well as being delicious and beautifully warming, did you know that a curry boosts your immune system? Also curries may help to prevent Alzheimer’s…and cancer.
A curry is good for your heart and can help ease digestion. There is also evidence that curry helps lower your cholesterol and boost your metabolism.

This class is part of our 2019 home cooking series and is on June 6 from 1 pm to 3.30 pm at Grow Lightly Hub in Korumburra. Tickets go on sale on Monday May 20 at the special early bird price of $55. For that you get a meal for four to take home for that night's dinner, recipe sheets, cooking tips and hints from a fabulous teacher and have fun as well. It's a win-win situation. Join us. Keep your eyes peeled for the link Eventbrite link to buy your ticket.


The highly-anticipated junior version of Bruce Pascoe’s multi award-winning book
A new book by Bruce Pascoe will be out early in June. Young Dark Emu is written for younger readers, 10+ years old. Grow Lightly wants to pre-order, but we’re not sure how many copies to get.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO PUT YOUR NAME DOWN FOR ONE OR MORE COPIES, FOR YOUR CHILDREN OR GRANDCHILDREN OR JUST FOR YOURSELF? They will cost you about $24 each, and will be available for pick-up from the Grow Lightly Green Grocer.  
Please reply by Monday 5pm with your name, phone number, and the number of copies you would like, to Meredith,

John Sutcliffe and the Sutcliffe Building



For the last week I have been walking around in a different Korumburra after a talk I went to put on by the Korumburra Historical Society. I met John Sutcliffe in the narrative that historian Keith Cook laid out over the period he spoke. Sutcliffe was a pioneer in the Drouin, Warragul and then Korumburra district. John Sutcliffe was the owner builder of this building which accommodated three shops (including 25 Commercial St). The shop on the west end was occupied by F. Weichardt as a Bakery in 1892. W. Henderson was the occupier of the middle shop, while Williams the tailor had his business in the third shop. Now it is occupied by an accountant, a sport store and Grow Lightly. In the photo from 1892 we see John Sutcliffe on the right during construction. For more information about this pioneer see the Grow Lightly website.
You can also see the amazing story of Korumburra’s history as it was captured on film through a collection of photographs on display at the Korumburra Library.
What's happening this week

The Grow Lightly Food Hub shop will be open on
Monday to Friday:10 am till 4 pm
Saturday: 9 am till  1 pm
Koonwarra Market on Saturday June 1

Please support us – through the Community Rewards Program!

As a non-profit community organisation, Grow Lightly is part of the Michael’s IGA Supermarket Community Rewards program. Funds raised through this program have helped equip the new Grow Lightly Food Hub at Coal Creek.
But this program will only continue to support us if you in turn help us by shopping at the IGA stores in Leongatha and Korumburra, and ensuring that your Rewards Tag nominates Grow Lightly Connect.  You can make sure this happens by filling out this form and dropping it into one of the three Michaels IGA stores.

Thanks so much
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