You can colour me green @syncretic.
An orchard and a veggie garden?
All I have is a tiny balcony for some rosemary and some parsley in small pots, and I can call myself lucky because most flats around here don’t even have that.
Yes, I do have a wide range of products from a wide choice of cultures and I could try and test and compare, but to be honest, by now I know what I like and I stay with it: my pasta of choice is Barilla; coffee from Lavazza;
Mutti passata; Annalisa tins.
I’m not claiming these to be the absolute best. Many people, including Italians, like other brands. All I’m saying is, that’s what I like from the imported products.
When those are on special I stock-up
and when I can make the trip I go over
to a suburb (Brunswick) which has a high, even if aging Italian population, for pasta and coffee at a lot cheaper price. For example Lavazza coffee is often half price than In StKilda.
But still I envy where you live, I can only imagine the air, and the peace and
quiet there. Think of me now that in a few weeks the Grand Prix circus is coming to town!