12 December 2014

Co-op information for December and January

The end of another year is fast approaching. Where does the time go?!

The co-op is open for another two weeks on the 15th and 22nd December, then will have a short break.

FIG will be closed on 29th December and 5th January, and resumes on the following date:

First day back in 2015
Monday 12th January

Due to increases in the price of produce box prices will be $33.00 from January 2015.

During the final two weeks of co-op for this year, we will conduct the normal weekly boxes, a bulk order, have the usual extras table produce overflowing with goodies, and see two more weeks of the Member Markets - a great place to stop and buy some pressies - bring your cash with you!

See you at the co-op.....!

14 November 2014

Time for an update

We are currently working on rejigging the website.  

Until such time it is ready, we are unable to edit the current website and so if you are new to FIG, please read on... 

If you would like a $30 trial FIG box please contact us on fig.centralcoast@gmail.com.

Otherwise, come visit the co-op between 2 - 4.30pm any Monday (unless Monday is a public holiday and we open on Tuesday instead for that week). After 4.30, the super efficient pack up volunteers will have swept away most of what to look at, so please come in earlier...

We hope to see you soon.

21 June 2014

Using those potatoes and caulies!

We get asked for more ideas about warming recipes using the FIG produce, so here is a selection from a previous post with some great recipes from some Figgie members, just right for this time of the year!

1) Potato and leek soup

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large leek, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 500g potatoes, peeled, chopped
  • 1 litre chicken stock
  • 1/3 cup sour cream (optional; if not used, increase the stock)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives
  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add leek and garlic. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until onion has softened. Add potato. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes. 
  2. Add stock. Season with pepper. Cover. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until potato is tender. Set aside for 5 minutes to cool slightly. 
  3. Blend, in batches, until smooth. Serve.

2) Creamy cauliflower and potato soup with bacon

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 250g bacon, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 leeks, halved, washed, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cauliflower, trimmed, cut into small florets
  • 500g Sebago or Desiree potatoes, peeled, diced
  • 6 cups reduced-salt chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup light thickened cream
  • Toasted sourdough bread, to serve


  1. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add bacon. Cook, stirring often, for 3 minutes or until crisp. Remove to a plate lined with paper towel. 
  2. Add remaining 2 teaspoons oil, garlic and leek to pan. Cook, stirring often, over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add cauliflower, potato and stock. Partially cover. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 25 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in half the bacon. 
  3. Blend soup, in batches, until smooth. Return to saucepan over low heat. Stir in cream. Heat, without boiling, until hot. Ladle into bowls. Top with remaining bacon. Sprinkle with pepper. Serve with toast

3) Potato Frittata

Ingredients (serves 6)
  • 8 eggs
  • 50ml milk
  • 200g mild cheddar, grated
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 2 onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 500g potatoes, peeled, cooked, sliced


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Beat eggs and milk in a large bowl. Add cheese and season. 
  2. Heat half the oil in an ovenproof frypan over low heat. Cook onion and garlic, stirring, for 5-6 minutes until soft. Remove and add to the egg mixture with the potato. 
  3. Wipe pan clean, then return to low heat with remaining oil. Pour in frittata mixture and using a palette knife, gently pull away from sides of the pan, allowing uncooked egg to run to edges. Once cooked around the outside (about 2-3 minutes), transfer pan to the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes until set. Turn out and cool.

4) Almond Crusted Fish with Potato and Leek

Cooking Time 30 minutes

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 2 large (about 350g) desiree potatoes, washed, thinly sliced
  • 1 leek, pale section only, washed, thinly sliced
  • Salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 80ml (1/3 cup) olive oil
  • 2 tbs pre-grated parmesan
  • 1 x 100g pkt almond meal
  • 2 eggs, lightly whisked
  • 4 (about 500g) white fish fillets (such as smooth dory), cut in half lengthways
  • 1/3 cup loosely packed chopped fresh continental parsley


  1. Preheat oven to 220°C. Arrange potato over a 17 x 24cm (base measurement) baking tray. Top with leek and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with 2 tbs of the olive oil and sprinkle with parmesan. Bake on the top shelf of preheated oven for 20 minutes or until the potato is tender and golden. 
  2. Meanwhile, place almond meal and egg in separate bowls. Dip 1 piece of fish in the egg, then the almond meal, pressing firmly to coat. Repeat with remaining pieces of fish. 
  3. Heat remaining oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook fish for 2 minutes each side or until cooked through. 
  4. Divide almond-crusted fish and potato and leek among serving plates. Sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately

5) Potato and Leek Quiches

Preparation Time 20 minutes

Cooking Time 25 minutes

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 400g  potato, peeled, cut into 2.5cm chunks
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 leek, washed, sliced
  • 2 tbs chopped fresh continental parsley
  • 4 sheets filo pastry
  • Olive oil spray
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup (250ml) milk of your choice
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper


  1. Steam the sweet potato until just tender. Transfer to a bowl. Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add the leek and cook, stirring until soft. Add to the sweet potato with the parsley and toss to combine. 
  2. Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease 6 x 1 cup muffin pans. Spray a sheet of filo with the oil. Top with the remaining sheets, spraying with oil between each layer. Cut the sheets into 3 portions crossways, then cut each strip in half. Line each muffin pan with the filo. 
  3. Divide the sweet potato mixture among the pastry cases. 
  4. Whisk the eggs, milk and nutmeg together. Season with salt and pepper. Pour over the filling. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until just set.
Notes: You can make this without the pastry......I've tried it and it's quite nice...particularly if you're gluten intolerant or don't like pastry very much. Just make sure that the trays or cooking dish is well oiled with either butter or olive oil :)

6) Apple and Oat Muffins

1 cup buttermilk
1 cup rolled oats
½ cup raisins
2 egg whites
¼ cup honey
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
1 apple, grated


1) Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray.

2) Mix buttermilk, oats, and raisins together in a large bowl. Add egg whites and honey; blend thoroughly.

3) In a separate large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Add to oat mixture; mix to incorporate. Fold in grated apple.

4) Fill mixture in muffin tins ¾ full. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool in tins 10 minutes, then remove and cool completely.

They all seem yum to us!

19 June 2014

Website issues

We seem to be experiencing difficulties with the FIG website at present.

We are looking into having it sorted as soon as possible. 

In the meantime, if you have any queries, please email the co-op on fig.centralcoast@gmail.com

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18 April 2014

Tuesday operation this week

We wish you all a safe and happy Easter weekend. Safe driving, if you're on the roads.

Due to the public holiday Monday, FIG will operate on  Tuesday 22nd April instead.

Same hours and venue, so see you there!

17 March 2014

A produce update

Hello, on this beautiful sunny Autumn day.

Today is the last day for a few weeks that we'll be having produce from Peter of Cooranbong. He has his next lot of crops in and they won't be ready for a while. That means his lovely corn, potatoes, cucumbers and heirloom pumpkins are finished. :(

However, as one door closes, another opens, as we have Bill's butternut pumpkins coming in from today, as well as his superb eggplant and some tomatoes. We are also getting in tomatoes from Glen and Peter, plus figs, herbs, persimmons and some trial melons. The cauliflower, broccoli, leeks and cabbage today is from Kurrawong Organics. We have those lovely apple cucumbers coming in from them as well, to join with cucumbers from Peter, "blonde cucumbers" from Rob, and our new local supplier, Virginia. We Figgies like our cucumbers! Great for munching and juicing or even making delicate cucumber sandwiches if you wish, they are a very alkaline forming food. (AKA, good for our health.)

The watermelon is from Pat, who is in conversion to being organically certified. Hooray for another organic farmer! Ed is supplying some zucchini, and Michael has lots of wonderful greens. Just don't ask him about lettuce! The last lot were weather affected and he planted more, telling us very enthusiastically that the next lot were nearly ready - just to have them wiped out in the rain and storms this week. Farming sure is a gamble. Luckily he has other produce in the ground as well, and that is arriving at the co-op today. Jean's basil continues, and we never knew how much bees loved basil until we grew some of our own and observed the mass of activity each year, perennial basil in particular.

We have local limes today in small quantities, also some lemons, and the valencia oranges are still available. Russian garlic from Bailey's farm up the coast is in today. They tell us they have been planting next year's crop and estimated they'd put in 8.5 kilometres of garlic. That's a lot! They're also diversifying into other crops as well; what started as a part time venture is moving into bigger production. Hooray there as well.

In this year, the UN International Year of  Family Farming, we need to encourage them as much as we can, more than ever.

See you at the co-op...

09 March 2014

Jamie Oliver Pop Up Kitchen petition update

We've had an overwhelmingly positive response from FIG members - and the broader community - in support of bringing a Jamie Oliver Pop Up Kitchen to the Central Coast.

Many identified the need for increased awareness and education around healthy eating, accessing clean safe food and supporting local farmers. This is what Food Integrity Group is all about.

We are disappointed to say that council was unable to support our preferred Pop-Up-Kitchen site in time for the closing date of submissions and as a result, we were unable to proceed with our application.

This does NOT mean the potential to expand FIG and develop a community hub is lost. In fact, the show of support and passion for this project from FIG members and friends, local residents and businesses alike has highlighted the communities inherent desire and need for this kind of development.

This experience has fuelled our drive to succeed!  The valued support of members and community is integral in helping us secure a permanent site for a hub development and we will provide updates on the next step in bringing this FIG vision to life!

Thank you again for the enthusiasm and support.


02 March 2014

Petition to bring Jamie Oliver to the Central Coast!

Hi Figgies and all who are reading this!

FIG has just turned FIVE YEARS OLD, and if that wasn't enough excitement for the week, we have entered an Australia-wide competition for Wyong Shire to host a Jamie Oliver Pop Up Kitchen.

And so it is.... the start of our Central Coast Revolution! 
Sign the petition below to bring Jamie Oliver's Ministry of Food Pop-Up-Kitchen to Wyong. 

This petition is part of a bigger vision to create a community hub on the Central Coast that will focus on health, well-being and sustainable living, and be a permanent home for FIG!

It's an exciting initiative and we'd really appreciate your support. We've had a great response so far in a short amount of time. Please forward to family and friends and help create history!!

For our members and interested parties, as well as the petition, we have a video being made at FIG tomorrow (from 2pm, Monday 3rd March) at Ourimbah Scout Hall. Come and join the merriment - and the possible chaos!

Also ensure you find our letter of support (will be signposted at the hall) 
and sign that too...

Thank you... see you at the co-op!

09 February 2014

New suppliers, great produce

The FIG box contents for tomorrow are 100% local. We've increased the quantity of some items to fill your boxes. Two are from Kurrawong Organics however the rest are from between Mangrove Mountain, Narara, Avoca and Somersby. Items for the extras table are a mix of local and further afield. Bananas have been ordered and our fingers are crossed they do arrive; they have been in short supply since the recent cyclone.

We're planning some farm and backyard inspections very shortly for new suppliers coming on board. We are also very excited about the heirloom tomatoes and eggplant which are new on the list the last couple of weeks, and there's talk of our newer suppliers growing more in time for FIG.

There were no juicing carrots or juicing apples this week again, however we have some of those lovely little local gala apples coming in which are great for juicing and eating. There will be some in the FIG boxes and on the extras table.

This week we're trialling the final ordering working out a little earlier of a Sunday, and already we're liking the idea - an early night for a change!

See you at the co-op...

28 January 2014

Co-op is on today

Just a reminder....

Co-op is on today
yesterday being a public holiday.

See you later today!

19 January 2014

Co-op information

Here are a couple of co-op updates...

Next Monday is a public holiday so FIG will operate on Tuesday 28th January instead.

Same hours: 2 pm until 5pm
Same venue: Ourimbah Scout Hall
Different day: TUESDAY!
28th January 2014

The latest bulk order form will be emailed to members either tonight or early Monday morning, and paper forms will be available at the co-op. 

Orders are due back by midnight 20th January, for collection Tuesday 28th January.

See you at the co-op...

05 January 2014

Happy New Year!

That was a short break, with FIG resuming as normal tomorrow.

Happy New Year to all, and we hope you have had a lovely, restful time with family and friends.

We shall be taking bulk orders tomorrow, with collection due the following Monday, 13th January. An email with order form and ordering information has been sent to members today, however paper orders will also be available at the co-op.

The farmers have had a short break as well and we're all ready to get back into it!

See you at the co-op...