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East Maitland, New South Wales

Broccoli, cauliflower and Romanesco on offer

Farmers Matthew and Liam Dennis have fields of broccoli, cauliflower and Romanesco, but they have nowhere to sell them, as the restaurants they supply in Sydney and the Hunter Valley were forced to close due to lockdown rules

Some of the produce is ready to be eaten now and more will be ready for harvest every week for the next two months.

"We planted them every two weeks over a three-and-a-half to a four month period so we'll have them for the next two months," Matthew said. "We're losing about 500 Romanesco a week and 500 cauliflower a week."

If these vegetables cannot be put on plates soon, the Dennis family will be forced to plough all of them into the ground. They've already had to plough some of them in, and with news that the Hunter lockdown is unlikely to end with another 14 cases announced on Wednesday, they are doubtful their supply chains will reopen any time soon.

The family are putting some of the vegetables into the weekly box they sell direct to customers from the farm, and some are being sold through the Slow Food Earth Market.


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