Author: Fiona Hall
We’re loving the new varieties that are coming onto the market and have spent the past few years preparing our Kanzi apples for production. We hope you get to enjoy one soon!
The Orange Apple Ramble 2017
Meeting at Food HQ at 11am, for a apple variety showcase, then hopping on a bus to arrive at Nashdale for a 2.5km stroll through a commercial orchard, a heritage apple orchard, into a trufferie and finally native vegetation with the final destination at Lake Canobolas.
Stations of apple based tasting plates and local ciders will be available along the stroll with music at the lake kiosk. Local growers will be participating in the ramble to educate guests on the history of the industry and how apples are grown.
Pick your own apples as you go and soak in the glorious views of the Towac Valley.
Cherries are fitness friendly!
We love an article in the Huffington Post that states that cherries combat post-workout soreness.
‘Find yourself having trouble walking down the stairs (or even sitting down) after a hard workout? If you’re looking for a healthy way to fight post-exercise soreness, cherries fit the bill. Studies suggest a cup and a half of tart cherries or one cup of tart cherry juice can significantly reduce muscle inflammation and soreness (remember that a good workout actually causes muscle damage, resulting in inflammation).
In one study a group of marathon runners drank tart cherry juice or a placebo drink twice daily for seven days prior to their race. The cherry juice group reported significantly less post-race muscle pain. Remember to have it immediately post workout (i.e. with your whey protein) when your muscles are primed to absorb excess insulin in the bloodstream.’
Now that it’s cherry season, make sure you have a bowl of cherries in your fridge ready for your post-workout snack or you can grab a bottle of our freshly sealed, 100% BiteRiot cherry juice from supermarkets such as Harris Farm and IGA. Enjoy!!
Cooks combine for Orchard Lunch
Two of Orange’s most renowned cooks will team up in one of the region’s most iconic settings for the signature event of the Orange Apple Festival this weekend.
Josie Chapman of ‘The Convent’ fame and legendary food educator Lesley Russell will present ‘The Orchard Lunch’ at Bite Riot Apples in the foothills of Mount Canobolas on Sunday from 11.30am.
Owner of Bite Riot Apples and festival committee member Fiona Hall says the event, like the festival, is all about celebrating our city’s love affair with the apple.
“We’re so excited to be working with Lesley and Josie on this event, which connects the producers with the people who love our apples” she said.
“We have a gorgeous setting picked out in the orchard, or if the weather isn’t kind to us we will dine in the Canobolas Hall nearby.”
The event is a collaboration of several local businesses, including cider producers Small Acres Cyder and Sacred Valley Cider who are providing the lunches’ liquid component.
The Bite Riot team will also be conducting an educational tour of the packing shed, state of the art processing facilities and orchard, prior to the lunch at 10am.
Live music will be provided by talented local musician Matt Arthur.
Mrs Hall said the event has been made possible only with the help of festival sponsor Harris Farm Markets and the team at Brand Orange.
Tickets are $85 per person. To book phone 02 6365 3477 from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, or email firstname.lastname@example.org anytime to request tickets.
From nearby Cargo, Leanne Pearce is about to celebrate her first anniversary working with the BiteRiot team.
Leanne joined the team with an accounting background.
“I have a new understanding of fruit having worked here,” she said. “I love the people here. There are some great characters who are really good value.”
“I’m usually found in the office, but if it gets busy on the apple line, I jump in and become and apple packer.”
A relatively new member of the team, the highlight for Leanne has been the compilation of the Woolworths certification manuals. A modest lass, her colleagues are quick to explain her acheivement.
“It took Leanne five months of typing to put it all together and it was approved on the first go! The auditors actually mentioned in their paperwork that they were impressed with Leanne’s work.”
Leanne added, “You pick up the wad of paper and think, oh wow, I wrote that!”