Tamlin (mother of Allanah and Jensen): We usually go market shopping at least once or twice every month. I think it’s really important to involve them in the shopping, because it helps them learn to make healthy choices for themselves.
Eugene (father of Allanah and Jensen): Do you know where they grow? Where do mandarins grow?
Jensen: Trees and gardens.
Eugene: They grow in the trees and the gardens, well done. Good boy. Does that look good? They’re growing all over them; the trees are all over our neighbourhood, aren’t they? They’re everywhere, but they’re so sweet, especially when you have them in salads. You can put them in other things as well. They need to get a little bit redder. When they are a little bit red, see like this one, they’re a little bit more sweet. They are nicer when they are fresh, aren’t they?
Tamlin: When you’re a kid growing up in the city, you really don’t get much understanding of where the food comes from. Even though we have tomatoes in our backyard, it’s not quite the same as going to a full-scale farm and being able to see trees and things being harvested and things like that.
Eugene: Where does the honey come from, Jen-Jen?
Jensen: Bees. Honey bees.
Eugene: Honey bees, good boy. That’s the whole honeycomb there.
Shopkeeper: It hasn’t been processed at all. It’s in its total, natural state.
Jensen: Straight off the beehive. And the bees say, ‘Where did my honey go?’
Eugene: Do you want to get some parsley? Which one is parsley? There’s lots of green around here. Which one is the parsley?
Jensen: I think it’s this one.
Eugene: Nice, parsley is pretty cool and you can eat fresh parsley, it’s beautiful. Smell.
Tamlin: I think it’s very important for them to know where the food is coming from and it definitely helps them feel more interested in eating it. It’s not just something that’s served to them, sliced and diced on a plate.
Tamlin: Who lays the eggs, Mr Jensen?
Jensen: They come from chickens.
Tamlin: Chickens? And where do the chickens live?
Jensen: On the farm.
Tamlin: That’s right.
Eugene: Which olives are we going to get today, little girl?
Allanah: The small ones.
Eugene: Are we going to get the small ones? And where do the olives come from?
Allanah: They come from trees.
Eugene: And do you remember how big they had to be? They had to be this big before we could pick them.
Eugene: Can we just try a couple of the little, just a couple of the little ones. The little ones, they’re from Mount Zero in Victoria and they’ve got lots and lots of flavour. They might be small, but they are really, really flavoursome. Thank you. Yum.