Locally Grown For Goodness Sake!
1. Can I choose which fruit and vegetables I will get?
No. The concept is to enjoy the seasonality of our food and to be creative in utilising what is grown in our region in each season.
2. Is it all organic?
No. While the majority of products in the RealFood Box are organic or biodynamic, some products are not.
3. Why is the RealFood Network not strictly organic?
Many products that RealFood subscribers use are not grown organically in our region. To be strictly organic there would be less variety and we would need to source from outside of the FNQ region.
4. Where do I pickup my Food Box?
Currently we have pickups available at friendly RealFood Network subscriber’s homes in :
- Rusty's Market
- North Cairns
- Brinsmead Glen
- Machans Beach
- Kewarra Beach
We are looking into developing Nodes in other locations as well. What they would require is a Node Host who understands RealFood's mission and at least 7 subscribers to pick up at the node.
5. When do i pick up my box?
We assemble the Realfood Box each Thursday, at Rusty's Market, with exclusively local freshly harvested produce.
You can pick up your box that same afternoon, between 4:30pm and 6:00pm at your selected delivery Node.
PLEASE ALWAYS CONTACT our coordinator if you are delayed or can't pick up your box.
Chris Gloor - 0414 608 234
6. Who/What is a delivery Node?
We deliver a group of food boxes to Nodes each Thursday and that is where you can collect your box. Nodes include schools, private homes, work places or community centres.
Being a box Node comes with some more responsibility than just having us dropping off 10 boxes at their door and similarly it requires the "food box subscriber" to pick up responsibly and timely if they ordered a box.
7. How and where do I return my empty box?
Return your container to the location of pick up, this means the NODE you picked up from
8. How do I pay for my box subscription?
Bank Deposit via EFT.
Log into your account via https://store.realfoodnetwork.com.au/realfood-network
Here you will see your current balance and be able to make a payment. Transfer details will appear including the appropriate subject line.
9. What if I want to cancel a box, or want to unsubscribe?
You can pause or delete an order by logging into your account via
AT LEAST ONE FULL WEEK (7 days) advance notice is required.
10. What is considered 'Local'?
RealFood Network sources all of its food products from Ingham northwards. Most products are currently sourced on the Atherton Tablelands and southern coast to Tully.
11. What is Organic Farming exactly?
Organic agriculture is the form of agriculture that relies on techniques such as crop rotation, green manure, compost and biological pest control to maintain soil productivity and control pests on a farm. Organic farming excludes or strictly limits the use of manufactured fertilisers, pesticides (which include herbicides, insecticides and fungicides), plant growth regulators such as hormones, livestock antibiotics, food additives and genetically modified organisms.
“Organic agriculture is a production system that sustains the health of soils, ecosystems and people. It relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of inputs with adverse effects. Organic agriculture combines tradition, innovation and science to benefit the shared environment and promote fair relationships and a good quality of life for all involved.”
13. What is BioDynamic Farming exactly?
Biodynamic agriculture is a method of organic farming that treats farms as unified and individual organisms, emphasising balancing the holistic development and interrelationship of the soil, plants and animals as a self-nourishing system without external inputs insofar as this is possible given the loss of nutrients due to the export of food. As in other forms of organic agriculture, artificial fertilisers and toxic pesticides and herbicides are strictly avoided. There are independent certification agencies for biodynamic products, most of which are mebers of the international biodynamics standards group Demeter International.
Redgarded by some as the first modern ecological farming system and one of the most sustainable, biodynamic farming has much in common with other organic approaches, such as emphasising the use of manures and coposts and excluding the use of artificial chemicals on soil and plants. Methods unique to the biodynamic approach include the use of fermented herbal and mineral preparations as compost additives and field sprays and the use of an astronomical sowing and planting calendar. Biodynamics originated out of the work of Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Anthroposophy.
14. Why does RFN include products from large monocultures and grown with chemicals?
Some local products cannot be reliably sourced from small and chemical free farmers. By working with all farmers, including those using industrial methods, RealFood Network can provide alternative markets to encourage chemical free farming methods.
15. Where are your market stalls located?
We currently hold a large stall at Rusty's Market - near the managers office at the Grafton Street entrance.
Friday & Saturday - 5am - 6pm
Sunday - 5am - 3pm
RealFood Network is a year round local food market and box delivery service located in Cairns, QLD Australia.
Rusty's Opening Hours
Friday - 5am - 6pm
Saturday - 5am - 6pm
Sunday - 5am - 3pm
Cairns, Queensland 4870
0414 608 234
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