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Local distillery now selling hand sanitiser for cost price

Farmers markets are on

By Sandra Davey

Both the state and federal governments have confirmed that farmers’ markets are an essential service, so the farmers’ markets will continue to operate unless instructed otherwise, but with even tighter social distancing measures.

A local consequence of the cleanliness guidelines is that the area has run out of hand sanitiser. To alleviate this situation the good folk at Lord Byron Distillery, who usually make rum, vodka and limoncello, have created a hand sanitiser. They have just received the required government approvals to create the hand sanitiser alongside their distilled drinks at the distillery. Brian Restall from the distillery says ‘It is a different product to what we already are approved to create and therefore it took time to obtain the required approvals’. He wants locals to know that ‘we’ve got your back – a little – here’ with the immediate release of a hand sanitiser to alleviate the current shortage. ‘We are providing it at cost, without profit. The price is $2 per bottle, and it can be collected from the cellar door; unit 7, 4 Banksia Drive. We are limiting sales to one bottle per customer – any bar or restaurant can also contact us too’. While major Sydney beaches have been closed, Byron Shire’s local beaches have been frequented, perhaps a little too frequently, under the circumstances. With perfect weather, locals and visitors have been drawn to the beaches of the Shire, where, unlike Sydney, it’s easy to maintain physical distancing with kilometres of sparsely populated sand. Being at the beach is also a great way to get vitamin D, which the body produces naturally when it’s directly exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D helps facilitate the healthy function of the immune system, and according to research, it helps reduce your likelihood of developing influenza. Meanwhile local foodstuff retailers have reported unprecedented demand for goods. Managers across the board have said that demand has been many times greater than their usual busiest days (Christmas Eve), which they usually prepare for months ahead, and farmers’ markets have seen a marked increase in early shoppers.   People have been unnecessarily anxious about a shortage of food. The country is not running out of food – this has been reiterated repeatedly by farming and retail authorities. Australia produces many times more food than it consumes; a whopping 60 per cent is exported. The current deficit in products on shelves is due to the erroneous, anxious buying behaviour of individuals, and the store’s inability to be able to transport enough stock, in a short time, from massive warehouses

owing to the unprecedented demand. There is a sorrowful video out there of an elderly gentleman who has gone to the supermarket. He says ‘I am 87, so I decided it was best to self isolate’: the video shows him wandering along empty shelves. ‘I couldn’t get anything I needed‌ people please consider others and don’t bulk buy.’ See it at poppajoe@grandadjoe1933. ‘Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage’ said Anais Nin. Byron Shire has traditionally been a population of strong-spirited and independentthinking people, wouldn’t it be more fitting if we acted in a decidedly admirable way? A way that we could look back on, as a community, when all this has passed, as a time that generated great compassion, appreciation of others, and tremendous self-respect? Kudos to Lord Byron Distillery who are working for the good of our whole community by producing this hand sanitiser.

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Byron Farmers Market is held every Thursday 7am–11am at the Cavanbah Centre and every Saturday morning 7–11am behind the Bangalow Pub.

Wines: personally selected and delivered to you By S Haslam The Sun Bistro Bottleshop in Sunrise is one of those great local businesses offering a new, unique service in response to the coronavirus. As we know, locals are going out less, many gigs and private events have been cancelled, but we all still want to support our local businesses, and also have a drink and enjoy the company of a few friends and family. Well, you can now enjoy your favourite drinks without having to leave your home – because Julz from the bottleshop is putting together a few of his favourite wines, into some special packages, that can be delivered to your door for a small fee. This is a pretty convenient service; you can enjoy them without leaving your house, and they’ll come quite quickly too. It’s not like an online bottle shop; most people who come to the venue already have some great experience of Julz, and they trust his selections – this is a personal interaction with someone you can trust.

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‘On the whole, everyone has been really positive’, Mr Carey said. ‘While some might feel the measures we have taken are extreme, these are extreme times. And it is during times like these that we realise how crucial our local farmers’ markets are to both our community and local food security. We appreciate the community’s understanding and support on this.’

They will be individually selected, so you won’t be getting crap with a couple of good ones thrown in, like many of those online mixed dozens. Julz has been 20 years in the industry, and he reckons he knows what local people want by now. ‘We’ve been at the forefront of delivering quality wines at the best prices’, says Julz. ‘I have tried everything that’s in the bottleshop, and we only sell things that I believe in – they are tried and tested over the years.

‘This will be a chance to get a classic selection, or to try some more modern wines that you might not normally have thought of. There will be options for natural and organic wines, and there will be different price points, starting at $140 per dozen’, he said. I asked Julz to give a couple of examples of what sort of wines are on offer: The Unico Zelo Fiano – a beautiful, textural, white wine that can be enjoyed with, or without food. The Peeping Tom Coonawarra Shiraz – an Aussie classic, big, bold and juicy. The Ricaterra ‘Bullets before Cannonballs’ European blend – a juicy, medium-bodied wine that leaves you wanting a second glass. A favourite NZ Sav Blanc will be in the mix, as well as sparkling wines from around the world. They are curating some great packages of a dozen quality wines. However, once you’ve ordered your wine package, or spent $150 or more, if you did want some beer, or something from their huge tequila, whisky, mescal and gin selection, you can add it to your order. Julz expects to cover the area from Byron, Lennox, Bangalow through to Mullumbimby/Brunwick Heads. The Sun Bistro Boutique Bottleshop deliveries@thesunbistro. com (02) 6685 6500 | www.thesunbistro.com and go through to the information to view the packages and the information on the service itself.

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The Byron Shire Echo – Issue 34.42 – March 25, 2020  

Free, independent weekly newspaper from the Byron Shire in north eastern NSW, Australia.

The Byron Shire Echo – Issue 34.42 – March 25, 2020  

Free, independent weekly newspaper from the Byron Shire in north eastern NSW, Australia.