Ode to the orange… and all Aussie produce

It’s no secret cost of living is biting into the weekly food budget and Australians are rethinking how they can make every dollar go further.

Research commissioned by the National Farmers’ Federation found 51% of Australians are ‘extremely’ or ‘very’ concerned about fresh food and grocery costs, but equally concerning is the same number of people say they ‘only know a little’ about Australian farming and agriculture.

Fortunately, a new campaign launched this week has come to the rescue, bringing together Australian farmers and their produce with Sydney based culinary geniuses Alex Elliott-Howery and Jaimee Edwards from Cornersmith.


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The self-confessed food nerds are going to take Australians on a ride to showcase how they can make the most of living in a country that grows nutritious, delicious food with inventive recipes and resourceful food hacks, all served up with a dose of humour and the odd sneaky double entendre.

You will get to meet farmers like the Nicholsons each week.

Six weeks, six foods, six farmers

NFF President Fiona Simson said the six-week campaign would be delivered under the NFF-led Australian Farmers platform, each week showcasing a different Aussie grown food.

“We will look at leafy greens, lamb, oranges, bread, cheese and carrots, meet a farmer who has grown that food, and hear from the Cornersmith team to learn secret tricks of the trade to make that food go further and receive simple, new recipes to try.

“Recognising the value of food starts with learning just how much work our farmers put into growing it.

How often to do we grab a lettuce from the shelf for a few dollars without even thinking it has spent 12 weeks being nurtured on a farm?

“Australian farmers are some of the most efficient growers in the world, producing food and fibre sustainably and this campaign is going to open the gate to the paddocks so everyone can see that for themselves.

“We want people to meet the farmers who are growing their food so the next time they’re in the supermarket, they think about the bread they are buying might have come from the wheat grown by Brad Jones in WA or when they serve up a Sunday roast they think of how passionate Ellen Litchfield from SA is about growing the best quality lamb to feed their family.”

Jaimee does not like to waste a thing.

Food waste warriors

Sydney based Alex Elliott-Howery and Jaimee Edwards’ food journey spans cafes, cookbooks and social media.

“We love to preserve, cook and celebrate produce in an effort to save it from landfill and educate Australians to get into the kitchen for fun, sustainability and to save money,” Alex said.

“Join us as we teach you how to eat seasonally, store produce correctly, make the most of leftovers, use up the odds and ends, glam up the staples and get swoony about stale bread (yes, really!).”

Come on the adventure, kicking off Tuesday 27 June at 6pm (AEST) on the Australian Farmers social media accounts (Instagram, TikTok, Twitter and Facebook). Tips, tricks, recipes and farmer profiles will be found right here at farmers.org.au – just head to the home page.

We’ll be serving up super easy and interesting recipes straight from the Cornersmith kitchen.

Fast Facts

  • 51% of Australians are ‘extremely’ or ‘very’ concerned about meeting fresh food and grocery costs in the next year.
  • More than eight in ten Australians report at least some increases in fresh food costs over the last 12 months, with increases more frequently described as ‘a lot’ (55%).
  • 51% of Australians say they ‘only know a little’ about Australian farming and agriculture.
  • While nearly two thirds of Australians support the industry, 34% do not feel connected to farmers, agriculture and rural Australia.
  • The farmers in the campaign: Catherine Velisha, VIC (greens); Ellen Litchfield, SA (lamb); Brad Jones, WA (wheat/bread); Rachel Nicholson, NSW (dairy/cheese); Michael Arnold, SA (oranges); Mick Rieck, QLD (carrots).
  • Roll out: Video from Cornersmith released on Australian Farmers social media accounts 6pm (AEST) and farmer content the following day from June 27 – August 1.

Stacey Davidson

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