Spreading the Love

There’s a saying that thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. We live in a society that tells us there is scarcity, that we have to hold on, even to take from others to survive and thrive.

But happiness does not decrease by being shared – it increases.

What about food? We’re told that there’s not enough food for all, and that we need corporations to genetically modify and patent our food so that they will grow enough for everyone. What rubbish!

There is enough food, and enough capacity to grow much more if we use our open spaces. Even small gardens can support a tree that grows far more than a household can use, and the only thing to do in that case is share with your neighbours and community.

Growing up we had a large guava tree in the garden, and there were always far too many guavas to know what to do with. As a child I remember making jam, and even selling some in a local shop. I’m amazed looking back that the shop took it, what with one jar being light pink, near-raw, mush, and the next being scarlett overcooked mush.

It gave me a great appreciation for those who can make good food, something I’ve never quite mastered.

It also meant I always expect guavas to be free and abundant in season, so I’ve never quite got my head around buying them. If I still lived with a guava tree, I wouldn’t have to!

Seeds
For those of you not just relying on an old tree, but actively growing your own food, we have new stock of Sandveld certified organic seeds. The seed business is a monopoly, and mostly controlled by the biotech companies, so we’re very happy to offer local and organic seeds from two of our organic farms, Sandveld and Camphill. There’s a huge and constantly increasing variety, so if there’s something you’re looking for in particular, let us know, and we’ll see if we can get it.

New seeds include Fordhoek Giant swiss chard, sweet basil, Great Lakes lettuce, Italian parsley, red onion, Ultra butter and Cos lettuces, and broccoli.

Back in stock we have Nantes carrots, Detroit beetroot, Bella Rosa and Coeur de Boeuf tomatoes, Carentan leek, rocket, Snowball cauliflower and jumbo green pepper.

Holiday availability
With all the holidays in April, some of our suppliers have been taking a well-earned break, and you’ll notice that a few of the regulars aren’t there. But with the change of season into autumn there are some returnees, including my one of my favourites, satsumas, from Eikenbosch, as well as a variety of new heirloom lettuces from Drift farm.

Price increases
We’ve held the price of the mixes boxes stable for a number of years, but this week, rather than shrink the boxes, we’ve finally had to put the price up. The family box now costs R133, and the small box R85.

The boxes offer superb value. Ordering all the items in the family box separately would last week have cost R151, and the small box R100, so there are substantial savings from ordering the mixed boxes.

Each week you can see what’s in the boxes by clicking on the product name and “More info” – by Sunday night the forecast is normally quite accurate, although they’re always liable to last minute changes if the goats break free, or the truck breaks down!

With the petrol price skyrocketing, and the new financial year, there are unfortunately a number of suppliers increasing their prices which we’ve had to pass on, but with our model of ordering on demand and delivering to your door from our warehouse, our prices are good value.

Talk to me
Are you experiencing any problems with our service? A number of people have tracked me down in desperation with unresolved issues – if this has happened to you, and you haven’t been as industrious as some in hunting me down, my apologies! If you’d like to contact me directly about any issue, I can be reached at ian@ethical.org.za

Have a lovely week,
Ian and the Ethical team

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