Menu made in Moreton Bay

Published 5:00am 5 August 2022

Menu made in Moreton Bay
Words by Kylie Knight

Ocean View farmer and passionate advocate for local produce Jacki Hinchey is eating only what is grown or made in the Moreton Bay Region this month.

It’s not a social media stunt, instead a bid to better understand what is available and how it can be used.

Jacki has devised a list of food producers in the region, but will also source salad greens, herbs, eggs, pigs and roosters from her own farm called Blue Dog Farm.

Finding a supplier of butter and cheese has been problematic, with just a couple of dairies remaining and Jacki unable to buy direct from them.

So, she will do without butter for the month, instead using locally grown avocadoes, pig and rooster fat.

She will source feta from Little White Goat Cheese at Wamuran.

Jacki says she is being flexible in how she approaches her mission to eat only what is grown or made in the Moreton Bay Region.

She is even making her own salt from seawater she is collecting from Redcliffe.

|“It’s only for one month. You have to challenge your head and thinking about it a bit. I’m going to survive. I’ll be OK,” Jacki says laughing.|

“I’m doing it for my own awareness and I’m expecting it to be different, but easy.

“If we’re talking about protein and calories and fresh nutritious food … it’s easy. We’re extremely rich (in the choices available).

“People are gob-smacked that I can do this. There will be a few interesting meals, I think.”

Jacki will break the diet in time for the Samford Harvest at the end of the month, which is part of the Tastes of Moreton Bay Feastival. The six-week celebration of local produce and cuisine starts with the Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival on August 19-21.

Menu made in Moreton Bay

What’s Jacki eating?

Bask and Co granola bars

Carinya Rise beef from Dayboro

Mini Farm vegetables

Eggs from her own chickens

A couple of her own roosters

Her own pigs

Her own Blue Dog Farm salad greens

Fresh Spirulina from Wamuran

Locally grown strawberries, bananas and pineapples

Little White Goat Cheese feta

Her own Citrus and tamarillos

Her own herbs

Beverages from Ocean View Estates Winery, Laceys Hill distillery and Brendale Brewing Co

Co Couture chocolates

Morgans Seafood sourced from Moreton Bay

Honey from Wagoon Farm

Coffee from a Dayboro resident who has grown her own beans (Jacki will trade it for salad greens)

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