Anonymous Interviews: GROWING AND SOURCING FOOD – 2.1

2.1 Where do you source/buy your food from (supermarket, farmers’ market, etc.)? Why?

Participant: It’s farmers’ market. Because we like to buy it fresh, better than just packed.

Participant: It’s mainly supermarket. Sometimes I go to a food market as well, and try to get some vegetables and fruits. But mainly our supermarkets. [Interviewer: Why is like that?] Because I don’t have much time after work and I usually do just a quick shopping to get most of the food what I need.

Participant: It depends. We go to farmers market almost every Saturday, and we usually buy some vegetables. Cabbage, and broccoli, things like that, and apples or some fruit as well. Mainly we go to supermarket, which is Aldi. It’s more European-like food that we can buy there.

Participant: I just shop at a supermarket mostly. I’ve wanted to go to a farmers’ market for the past couple of months, but I never seem to get up at the right time on a Saturday or a Sunday. So, supermarket for me.

Participant: Mostly supermarkets but also, not farmers market, but specifically fruit and veg stores as well.

Participant: Little bit from everyone. Would be farmers markets, local markets, shops, pretty much those three or four. Depends what I’m buying and where I’m buying.

Participant: When we have time we go to the farm and we get all like pig stuff there, we make “krvavice” [black pudding], we do all of that from pigs on the farm. On Saturday mornings mum usually goes to the farmer’s markets and gets fresh vegetables. We make pasta at home. We have chickens here and we have a vegetable garden so we don’t usually need a lot, but milk’s of course. Sometimes mum buys organic from the farmer’s markets but generally we just hop over to Woolworths or Coles and get milk. The majority of the food, the vegetables especially, is grown at home. As I said, meat is usually on the farm. If not, we just go and buy some meat. But we have a few friends that also give us meat.

Participant: At the farmers’ market. Also we like to grow a lot of our things such as chillies, lettuce. We always have lettuce in the garden, especially my grandpa. And fruit, we grow a lot of our fruit. There isn’t really a need to buy things, except for potatoes, which we also grow but sometimes they don’t grow.

Participant: I have a friend who’s very health conscious nut. She’s recently got me in to a bulk buying group and I found it really interesting because she never goes to the supermarket. She buys everything from local farmers and the bulk buying group. I’ve done a bulk buying order, but it takes a lot of practice and logistics to plan for the whole two months to buy everything. Like oats and flours and all the ingredients. Obviously there’s nothing locally Slovenian as such.

Pretty much everything you can get through those groups. You just have to plan for it and it’s a lot of money goes at once. You have to financially plan for it. I still go to the supermarkets, but I try to transition now to getting the veggies delivered. I’ve just joined a group that I’m going to do that next month, first time. It’s 50 AUD and you get all the local produce and what’s in season at the moment. I have a partner who doesn’t like a lot of things. This is a big challenge because I’m probably going to have to eat half of everything. I need to make sure what are we getting, so I’m not going to have too much of something he doesn’t like. That’s a challenge that we have to overcome. It’s good because it’s local, but also in supermarkets you can get local food. You just have to read the labels. Whatever says from USA you can avoid that, right? You can just buy Australian. And that’s pretty much the same as going to the markets. I think it’s very close.

Participant: I buy it mostly from the supermarkets. I do lately a lot of my shopping at Aldi, it got the most European ingredients and I can buy everyday European ingredients I want.

Participant: Not so much at farmers market. Here farmers market, they mainly have vegetables and potatoes and the salads. But delicatessens do offer a lot of like kransky sausage. They offer even when it’s Polish made or any other, Austrian made, it’s still kransky and salami. I know that that’s readily available now. And the other food its available so.

Participant: I prefer farm but it’s difficult. This is not difficult but we must travel 1-and-a-half, 2 hours to [a name of the city] and other area. There is farm where good, that you can find a lot of locals and farms ingredients and stuff. Farm is very good but you can find something also in Coles and Woolworths. They have something also there, but this is not for me. Better for me [a name of the city] market. There you have really local, is not far away from here. From [a name of the town] to [a name of the town] is 50 minutes and with the car maybe 10, 20. I prefer [a name of the city] market. From 5 in the morning or 7 you can find fresh tomato, fresh carrots, whatever you need, peppercorns or onions, garlic. Very good, very tasty.

Participant: I don’t usually go to farmers markets, even though I should. They have better products. Supermarkets and those shops that are selling products from ex Yugoslavia, deli.

Participant: Various places. It really depends on the quality of the food. It depends on when we’re out. Some things we grow in the garden ourselves.

Participant: We have a large market in [a name of the town] and we get virtually all our fruit and vegetables there. We’ll also get all our meat there. Very little from the supermarket. Just things like bread, milk and other small items.

Participant: Different places, but if there’s particular things you go to speciality shops. There might be a Slavonic butcher that we go to for particular things or delicatessens, but it’s wherever you find it.

Participant: Probably the market more than anything else. The fruit and vegetable market. If we don’t grow them [fruit and vegetables]. Very little from the supermarket.

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2.2 Do you grow any of your own food (backyard or community garden?) If so, what sorts of foods do you grow? Why do you like growing your own food? Answers.

Other questions:
2.3 Do you grow any foods that are important to your Slovenian heritage? Answers.

See also:
1 Culinary heritage (see Questions and Answers)
2 Growing and sourcing food (see Questions and Answers)
3 Digital technologies for communicating culinary heritage (see Questions and Answers)
4 Connecting with other Slovenian Australians (see Questions and Answers)
5 Identity (see Questions and Answers)
6 Conclusion (participants’ ideas) (see Questions and Answers)

This is a website of a research project exploring digital technologies for communicating the culinary heritage of Slovenian Australians in collaboration with the University of Canberra under the 2015 Endeavour Fellowship Programme (PDR).