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Clean Living in the Tropics - June

Clean living is being mindful of what you put in your body, mindful of keeping a healthy home and work environment, and mindful of your environmental footprint.

By Lina Paselli

I had the utmost pleasure to meet our very own local culinary star, and host of My Market Kitchen and A Taste of Travel, Lynton Tapp last month. I truly loved his passion for locally grown organic produce and farmers’ markets. 

Currently living in the big smoke of Melbourne, the Territory grown “Stockman” still has his heart in the NT.

He dreams about being back home more regularly and maybe one day opening his very own signature restaurant – a very exciting prospect for foodies in the Territory. When you quiz Tapp, there really doesn’t seem to be any local ingredient he can’t work with – including locally made green ant gin and lime marmalade for garnishing pork dishes. Yum! This is one I’d love to try.

June is such an exciting time of the year here in the Territory, as the best of local produce is finally available – and it’s abundant. This means that prices of locally grown, certified organic produce are lower. Now is a great time to stock up at home. It’s also a great time to be out and about enjoying locally-inspired dishes made by some of our highly talented and creative Top End chefs.

In both of these ways, you support local businesses. The biggest bonus is that by purchasing fresh from the farmers, you get the best quality produce grown, transported with less impact on the environment.

Masterchefs like Tapp get excited about sniffing the goods at farmers’ markets. A passion shared by many, it’s certainly becoming one of mine and I get excited in the Dry about the opportunity to cook with ingredients that I’m discovering for the first time.

A bonus of our ‘cool’ weather is the chance to turn on the oven without melting in the kitchen. Roasting up veggies galore and creating soups becomes a lot more enjoyable again.

When you head down to your local farmers’ market, remember to stop and get your nose stuck into the produce, too. Be inspired to create something special for yourself and family. Lynton, thank you for the passion, we hope to see you back soon!

Lina Paselli is the joint owner of Clean Living in the Tropics, an online publisher dedicated to championing clean living individuals and businesses in the Top End. Lina is also the co-founder and General Manager of award-winning Malak Marketplace, Darwin’s premier organic, sustainable farmers’ market and eco-tourist destination. She also owns Paleo in the Tropics.


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