Local Harvest Challenge

In advance of next week’s Local Harvest Challenge, Sunday 6th April — Saturday 12th April 2014, where everyone is encouraged to eat locally, support local and organic farmers and businesses, and discover the face behind your food, I have a simple recipe for a veggie side dish. Zucchini and Green Beans with Mint.

This dish was made by Antonio Carluccio when he was a guest of Poh in Series 1 of Poh’s Kitchen (The recipe is in the Poh’s Kitchen, My Cooking Adventures book).  I caught a repeat of the episode this week and as we are still harvesting beans and have a truck load of zucchinis in the garden this dish was too easy to pass up.

Beans and Zucchini with Mint, ready to serve.
Beans and Zucchini with Mint, ready to serve.

200 grams of beans, with the ends trimmed
300 grams of zucchini (courgette), cut into 15 cm lengths, about as thick as your thumb
3 cloves of garlic roughly chopped
1 small bunch of mint, chopped, (I’d probably put a bit less rather than more)
1/4 cup of olive oil
1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar or juice of half a lemon.

Boil the zucchini and beans in water (salting optional) for 15 minutes or until tender when tested with the tip of a sharp knife. Drain the veggies then add the mint, drizzle over the oil and vinegar/lemon juice. Mix and allow to sit. Carluccio suggests leaving them at room temperature for half an hour before serving. Too easy!

An alternate serving suggestion is to cook up a big mess of these zucchini and beans and then eat them with some good crusty bread to sop up the juices.

We ate ours with some of our carrots, oven-baked potatoes (not ours) and some pork chops from the free-range pig that we ordered last winter.

The finished dish served with pork chops, roasted potatoes and carrots.
The finished dish served with pork chops, roasted potatoes and carrots.

BTW if you sign up for the Local Harvest Challenge you can see the photo we took picking feral apples several years ago on their site.

See the 2012 Challenge Participants Blogs


Taking the Local Harvest Challenge

It’s on again, the Local Harvest Challenge for 2013.
Monday 1st April – Sunday 7th April 2013


The idea is to eat as ‘locally’ as possible for one week. There are plenty of ways to participate, whether you have your own garden or not. We participated last year, you can check out our posts on the Local Harvest website. We are also quite excited to see that the photo used to promote the 2012 posts is one of ours!

Tonight’s dinner is a good example of what you can do for the challenge.Image

Here is a plate of zucchini fritters (recipe from Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall), which includes our own onions, garlic and eggs, not to mention zucchini; along with a tomato and lettuce salad also from the garden.

You also have the option to buy from local farmers markets or producers and you can also set the level of challenge you want to take. There are plenty of suggestions on the Local Harvest website and if you’re not sure what is in your local area you can enter your postcode and find out.

So are you ready to take the challenge?

 Take the Local Harvest Challenge
Monday 1st April – Sunday 7th April 2013

Put into practice the art of eating locally, supporting local and organic farmers and businesses, and discovering the face behind your food.

  • Versatile, fun and FREE!
  • Choose your challenge – Bite-Sized, Meal-Sized or Feast-Sized
  • Form a team with your friends or neighbours
  • Link up with other people taking the challenge in you locality
  • Organise a ‘local pot-luck’ dinner to celebrate the week
  • Blog your discoveries and experiences (see 2012 blogs)

Use the Local Harvest website to find resources close to you. Enter your postcode to find farmers’ markets, farm-gate produce, local food swaps, community gardens, organic retailers and more.


Register for the Challenge at localharvest.org.au/challenge

Support local growers & reclaim your food choices. One week, get involved!