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Food represents the essence of a place. It is of the earth in that place. I’ve always been fascinated by this connection, but in our globalised, digital world it’s fast becoming tenuous. Food culture is the shared appreciation of place through how we eat and drink from it and represents a fundamental aspect of community. We’re fortunate in North East Victoria to have such a strong food culture – something worth celebrating!

Bountifully common yet richly diverse, the apple is a lens through which I’m exploring our modern food system: its origins, people, culture, science, trade, risk and opportunity. Threaded through this are stories of Stanley, a small horticultural community in Victoria’s North East, home to the famed ‘King Cole’ apple. As my research continues, you’ll be able to read, hear and view some snapshots here on unpeeled. There are also some diversions into the wider food world where I live – talks with North East food producers, makers, chefs, cooks and eaters about what local food culture could be.

Podcast series

Listen to my latest podcast: an interview with Keith Nightingale of Alpine Orchards in Wandiligong. Keith has been growing apples for almost 70 years, first in Melbourne and now across North East Victoria and at Batlow across the border in NSW. Keith is the largest orchardist in our region and grows club and older varieties for the commercial market. Explore the main menu for more podcasts in the series.

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Sizing up to stay on top

This is a transcript of an unpeeled podcast interview with Keith Nightingale of Alpine Apples in Wandiligong, just outside Bright. Keith has been growing apples for 68 years, initially in Melbourne’s Doncaster. He now grows in volume for the commercial apple market, including club varieties. You can also listen here. Hello, everyone, I’m Peter Kenyon…

Value is more than money

This is a transcript of an unpeeled podcast interview with Charlie Showers of Black Barn Farm in Stanley. Charlie grows over 60 varieties of heirloom apples on young trees that are now coming in to production. You can also listen here. Hello, everyone, I’m Peter Kenyon and welcome to another podcast from unpeeled press where…

Staying on the front foot

This is an edited transcript of an unpeeled podcast interview with Snowline Fruits’ Henry Hilton. Henry has been growing apples at Stanley for fifty years and uses the latest techniques. You can also listen here. Hello, everyone, I’m Peter Kenyon and welcome to another podcast from unpeeled press where I’m exploring food culture in North…

The growing scale of growing apples

This is an edited transcript of an unpeeled podcast interview with retired, fifth generation apple orchardist Rob Tully, who grew apples just outside Beechworth from 1955 to 2016. While the apple trees have now completely gone, Rob still keeps his hand in with a small block of 600 pear trees. You can also listen here….