Abundance Farm

“We are only one or two generations away from a time when people canned, baked, preserved, made do, swopped produce, purchased locally, re-used and recycled because that’s just the way it was. The knowledge is still there” and stirring in Rheenendal.

Lauren Reynders has started a web site to support the local food producers and to explore for ways to live sustainably, to eat well, laugh a lot, to learn and pass on information and to create bonds of friensdhip within our community. I found it looking for vegetarian restaurants in Knysna and found this reference to “Brett who made the basil pesto. Brett owns a small, intimate vegetarian restaurant just down the Rheenendal road called Veg-Table. It is open on Wednesday and Friday evenings. Bookings are essential 074 833 9516”

She is from Abundance Farm where they have developed and are producing top quality mushroom cultures and grain spawn as well as Mushroom Grow Bags of edible and medicinal mushroom species.

Welcome to holdthelettuce.net, the canvas for the edible adventure that is my life. The tale begins in London, UK and will wander around the UAE before heading down under to Sydney and then finally to the USA, where I will be setting up camp permanently!

For me, having travelled pretty extensively throughout my 22 years, travel is inescapably tied to food, hence the decision to finally document these culinary experiences as my gallivanting continues over the next 7 months. In my opinion, there is nothing better than immersing oneself in the lifestyle of a new place by EATING (except maybe drinking…).

Those who say ‘food is for fuel’ are people with whom I wholeheartedly disagree. Eating has been a social activity for too many generations to count and will continue to be an inherent part of our society for the simple reason that people love it and it brings them together.

With that small introduction I leave you to peruse my blog, which will (if all goes to plan) be updated every week with my favourite newly-discovered hotspots, always visited with an appetite and my trusty Eastpak.

Food (and wine) is love.

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