Monday, May 03, 2010

Dragon Fruit

MB was intrigued to see a dragon fruit plant for the very first time at the Liverpool River Banana farm during a recent Feast of the Senses food trail tour. The plant is a weird looking succulent grown on wooden poles. The folks at LRB grow about 5 different varieties, including a very unusual yellow variety, this is a sideline to their main crop which are bananas.
The Food Tour group got to see all aspects of banana farming from planting to harvesting and were then treated to an amazing spread for afternoon tea, which of course included banana cake and banana cream pie.

Happy Eggs

Mr MB heard on the local ABC radio about a Food Trail tour, part of Innisfail's excellent annual Feast of the Senses, that included a visit to the Yamagishi Happy Egg Farm. These are the only eggs eaten in the MB household, a dozen or so super jumbo eggs are purchased each week from Rusty's Markets.
The duo booked in for the tour which included visits to Yamagishi, Liverpool River Banana plantation, Off the Rails Cafe in South Johnstone and the Mungalli Dairy (another of MB's food heroes).
The Yamagishi farm is located near Innisfail, established and run by a Japanese family and has around 18,000 hens which are fed daily with fresh cut grass and fresh tablelands corn, the hen houses are extremely clean with plenty of room to move for the hens. MDR is allergic to chook poo, but he didn't suffer any ill affects at all.
MB was very excited to help collect 110 fresh eggs, some of them still warm.