11 April 2014


Have you tried freekeh? It's a product made from green grain, usually wheat. Flame Tree now stocks cracked freekeh, grown in South Australia. Our freekeh is made from durum wheat. Freekeh has a lower GI than ripe wheat, and has higher quanties of nutrients. 
Read more about freeka by clicking this link.
I made some freekeh vegetable loaves recently - vegan and delicious, with absolutely everything sourced from the Flame Tree Coop, the Thirroul Community Garden, or my own back yard. I cooked the freekeh as per rice (absorption method) then added whatever I had gathered from the co-op or gardens -grated onion, garlic, carrots, zucchini, pumpkin, and some herbs rosemary, oregano, lemon thyme and parsley. Some fresh chilli, a little besan flour (chickpea flour) to bind it. Then grease a couple of loaf pans, line them with pumpkin seeds and press the mixture in. Cover with more pumpkin seeds. Bake in a moderate oven til done. Slice and serve with garlic mash. And great for freezing too. Look online for more inspirational freekeh recipes - or if you have a good one to share, please send it on in.

10 April 2014

April Trading Hours 2014

In April, the co-op will trade on the usual days, with the following exceptions:

Good Friday April 18 CLOSED.
Anzac Day April 25 CLOSED.

Note that the co-op will be open as usual on Saturday of the Easter holiday April 19 10 am - 4 pm.

Happy April!


We're really excited to stock Dwipa Kitchen's locally made tempeh! Made right here in the Illawarra, using Flame Tree's biodynamic soybeans. Next time you're in the store, try it out. You won't see the tempeh in the fridge in the shop, we stock it frozen, as required by health regulators. So be sure to ask the volunteer on duty to get you some from the freezer. It's delicious, organic, and local! For more information about Dwipa Kitchen, see their website http://www.dwipakitchen.com/

And just one more thing:
Dwipa's tempeh is made using traditional fermentation processes. As the weather cools, fermentation will slow and the product's availability will decrease. So snap some up now while it's still available!

09 December 2013

Events - Join the Party People!

It’s been a HUGE year for Flame Tree, and we’ve been involved in numerous community events, most of them managed and arranged by the wonderful Nadia Szimhart, our retiring Events Co-ordinator. Nadia, along with Kazie Bent and other helpers (Cath Blakey!, Cherry Hardaker! Jane Caldwell!, Luke Murphy!) managed to arrange an impressive array of events and stalls this year:
THANK YOU Nadia! THANK YOU Kazie!, Thankyou Luke, Cath, Cherry, Jane, Lizzie, Vanessa and all the other volunteers who’ve helped promote our co-op.
We had a beautiful celebration for the entire evening of Earth Hour, and Tea Tasting at the store during the Thirroul Seaside Festival. We had a lovely Volunteers Picnic at the beautiful Thirroul Railway Institute hall. And we hosted 60 people from Wollongong Council for a workshop (including an introduction to the co-op, and making raw love balls, and tea tasting).
We had a stall at the Botanic Gardens’ Our Backyard festival, at the Illawarra Flame Solar House’s Innovations Campus open day, and many other community events.
Participating in these events helps raise our profile, and get the message out to the wider community about our aims and values. And it’s FUN!

CAN YOU HELP? Do you like a party? We need a new Events Coordinator and / or Committee. Can you spare some time occasionally to manage our presence at these events? Would you like to come along and staff a stall, or help out at events at the store?

Mostly, these events happen on weekends, so if you’re stuck at home or in an office during the week, here’s your chance to get our and meet our community, and have fun while helping the co-op. It’s a really fun way to earn volunteer credits.
Contact us here if you can help.

The Fridge Fund

Welcome to the marvellous new fridge - all those who've been down to the shop lately will have seen it. What a difference it makes to have a big space for our chilled products and fresh produce. (And WE NO LONGER HAVE TO SHOUT TO BE HEARD OVER THE NOISE OF THE OLD ONE- oops, we'd gotten used to shouting!.
And THANKYOU Cherry for all your hard work in sourcing and selecting. And thankyou to all who have donated towards the purchase of the fridge.
All produce donated in the last couple of months has been sold to help towards paying off the new fridge. Matty Woods and Keely Bloom’s trailer-load of donated oranges kick-started the fund-raising. THANKS Matty and Keely!
And once again this year Cleo Olivera has chosen to donate her delicious annual avocado crop (thankyou Cleo!) Have you tried Cleo’s avocados? They are great – firm, creamy flesh, delicious. Be sure to pay a good market price for them, and your money will help pay off the fridge.

We’re yet to reach our target for the fridge fund, so if you have excess produce to donate, we’d love to have it! Bring it along to the shop or contact us at flametreecoop@gmail.com.

Welcome Back and Welcome Aboard Directors

Flame Tree Community Food Co-operative held its AGM on November 28. Thanks to all members who attended at this busy time of year.

At that meeting, four of last year's directors were re-elected to serve once more as directors:
Welcome back and a huge thank you to the wonderful JANE CALDWELL, the amazing LIZZIE ROSE, the extraordinary CATH BLAKEY (secretary) and our fantastic finance director KATRINA MARSHALL. 
Retiring Director Marina Scozza
At that meeting, long-standing board member MARINA SCOZZA stood down after many years service. We send a huge vote of thanks to marvelous Marina for all her hard work over the last several years. In addition to her director duties, Marina's passion for fresh produce has seen her be instrumental in setting up links with local growers and in sourcing fresh produce for our co-op from the very early days in the little shop "at the back". 

Luke Murphy, newest director
In the last year, LUKE MURPHY has been gradually taking on more and more of the fresh produce co-ordination, (alongside working in the shop, and a number of other activities like site co-ordination at the Thirroul Community Garden, and making beehives!). And now, Luke's stepped up to take up the board  position vacated by Marina. So welcome Luke, as our newest director, and thank you for even more of your valuable time and expertise!

And - men of the Illawarra note the historic appointment of a male to the Flame Tree Board! There is no glass ceiling at the Flame Tree Community Food Co-operative! All talented people welcome!

Holiday Season Opening Hours

For the holiday season, Flame Tree will be open as follows:

Monday December 23 - closed, as usual
Tuesday December 24 - 10 am - 6 pm *
Wednesday December 25 - closed MERRY CHRISTMAS
Thursday December 26 - closed HAPPY BOXING DAY
Friday December 27  - 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday December 28 - 10 am - 4 pm
Sunday December 29 - closed, as usual
Monday December 30 - closed, as usual
Tuesday December 31 - closed - get ready to celebrate the coming new year!
Wednesday January 1 - closed, HAPPY NEW YEAR
Thursday January 2 - 10 am - 7 pm
Friday January 3 - 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday January 4 - 10 am - 4 pm

Subject to volunteer availability - can you help 5-7 pm? Please contact Mariel if you can help.
Check the Opening Hours information to the right of this screen for standard opening hours.