As much and all as I don’t spend lots of time in lifts, they can certainly be a great meeting place. Here’s how it unfolded yesterday.
It began with the obligatory “no you first , no you first ” exchange until we were in and rolling. Andrew was his name and he asked if I was “that gardening guy “. Shook on that and the conversation went on.
I mentioned that I had been at #tomatofestivalsydney yesterday in Sydney’s Botanic Gardens and it had involved heirloom tomato tasting with Clive Blazey and the team from Diggers Seeds, passata and sun-dried tomato making workshops with Pietro Demaio, panel discussion about heirloom vs hybrid tomatoes, best in show sauces and relishes, seed saving techniques etc etc. Andrew said how he was actually making passata with his wife over the weekend. And here are his statistics:
Purchased 100 kg of Roma tomatoes from the flemington markets for $100 or $1/kg. Could have got them cheaper but was happy to spend a bit extra and know they were good quality even at that peak season glut price.
Together they turned the tomatoes into 60 litres of tomato pulp that translates for them into 18 months of supply. Andrew said he loves how every time they open a bottle they know that all it contains is the tomatoes they put in along with a bit of salt and their labour or more so their time as it is not about work, more about food passion.
And that’s what he loves about his own bottling …the label is their own.
A local food hero standing right there next to me in the lift.