With Adelaide Hills cherries all about us, we entered Ceravolo’s Cherry Orchard to interview Joseph Ceravolo, about running a family empire of fruit trees.

This week, the SA Drink Of The Week is from Ashton Valley Fresh.

In IS IT NEWS, Nigel challenges us on stories about fruits and berries.

And in the musical pilgrimage … Todd will be showing some Fortitude.

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Running Sheet: Adelaide Hills cherries

00:00:00 Outtake
 Kiss my microphone
Theme and Introduction. Our original theme song in full is here, Adelaidey-hoo.
00:02:24 SA Drink Of The Week

Ashton Valley Fresh sparkling fruit juice … tasting notes.


00:00:00 Stories Without Notice
None this week.
00:08:53 Joseph Ceravolo

In Anton Chekov’s Cherry Orchard, family members gather to discuss their need to sell their estate to pay debts, ultimately sacrificing their famous cherry orchard. It is a sombre play and one that captures the heartache, luck, and hard work that goes into living off the land. The Ceravolo family, the people behind Ashton Valley Fresh and Adelaide Hills cherries, has endured many seasons of changing weather, bushfires, and various strains of pest and market changes, to bring South Australia and the world, a delicious selection of stone fruits, apples, pears, ciders, and wine. Tonight, we sip some of their bounty as we reflect on what it takes to be the ones who grow the food we all enjoy, but take for granted.

All our episodes tend to link with one another. In episode 200, we had Madge Violi (mother of hairdresser and Adelaide Show regular, Don Violi from Khrome Hair Studio) teach us how to make salami. But, as it happens, her father knew the Ceravolo family. Mr Mussalino was from the same village as Mr Ceravolo, and came to Adelaide and set up as a market gardener at Norton Summit. Does it take Italian DNA to make market gardens work? What would the Hills look like if only English Australians had settled the area?

The closest many of us get to understanding the impact of nature on food production is when cherries are late, or apples have dents, and we just grizzle a bit under our breaths as we grab something else for our trolley. What is it like watching consumer pick over produce in a supermarket?

Questions from Kelly from Forage and Feast:

1) South Australia is the most parochial state in the country, followed by WA. Why is supporting local growers so important? What are the long term repercussions if we don’t.
2) What is their favourite apple recipe?

We are in the midst of cherry picking at the moment but the weather has gone from 40 degrees to barely 20 with rain. Take us through the emotional journey and the technical challenges this must bring?

What is the perfect pear? Growing up, I thought it was soft and juicy, but lately I have learned to love dry and crispy?

You’re in the Adelaide Hills which is the epicentre of millipedes and European wasps. How do they affect your work?

I saw a herd of a dozen kangaroos bounding through the hills while in the Bay To Birdwood. Do they coexist with fruit trees or do they plunder?

Some farmers have a few moments in the season when things are slower but you have such diverse holdings, do you ever get down time?

Lina Violi would like to know how many varieties of cherry do you grow and how much of your crop do you export?

Tell us about Ceravolo Orchards?

Ashton Valley Fresh?

Ceravolo Wines?

We hear their is a new cellar door project underway. What prompts you to do this?

00:37:01 Is It News?

Nigel Dobson-Keeffe challenges the panel to pick the fake story from three stories from South Australia’s past.

The Register-News Pictorial July 1930
Good Prospects , For Olive Pickling Industry In S.A.
Prospects for the growth of commercial olive pickling in South Australia, a field which has been neglected, although this State is noted for the quality of its olives, are considered by experts to- be encouraging. THANKS to the Importation by the Department of Agriculture of the Queen Olive, from Spain, this variety Is available to those who desire to grow the world's best type of pickling olive.. Fruits, which have been obtained from grafts, and trees propagated from the Imported stock, show clearly that In this State, particularly along the Murray Valley under irrigation, olives of equal, If not superior, size may be produced. I am satisfied, said the Chief Horticultural Instructor (Mr. Quinn) yesterday, that of the many varieties of olives grown at the Berri Experimental Orchard, these larger berry types are 50 per cent, better than those in the coastal districts where no irrigation is available

Adelaide Observer December 1865
Sir—The wattle-birds attacking the cherries this season may be fully accounted for by the absence of their usual food—honey. There has been no mildew or honeydew this year, consequently no red rust in wheat; therefore bees, wattle-birds, parrots, and other birds that feed on honey suffer considerably. With regard to the small fly in wheat named by your Port Elliot correspondent, they have been equally numerous for several seasons, and I have long beets of opinion the larva of those flies has been the cause of the destruction in our grain crops in the hills. They destroy the root and the flies feed on the grain in its soft state quite up to the time of maturity.

Observer October 1927
Experiments in Tasmania.
The blackberry has become a perfect pest in Tasmania, and in places in the Adelaide hills it is the undesirable occupant of fertile soils. In eradicating this evil, The  Tasmanian Farmer states that feeding down with a colony of rabbits has been tried successfully. Near Launceston, Mr. J. F, Lever is successfully clearing up his property, with the aid of a large colony of rabbits, and where these animals have been allowed to run on the property, the weed has almost entirely disappeared. In the first instance, the denser patches of blackberry are burnt off and when the young shoots begin to show above the ground the rabbits are turned on to the area which they nibble closely, thus preventing the plant from gaining control. The constant nibbling at the weed causes it to lose its otherwise vigorous vitality and it eventually dies.

00:00:00 100 Weeks Ago
We did not open the vault this week.
00 :48:23 Musical Pilgrimage

And our song this week is Fortitude by Kuji Koo feat. Ollie English, selected by our musical curator, Todd Fischer.

We’re gonna speed things up a bit and share with you a Kaytranada style track from the promising new house act Kuji Koo. It also features the soulful crooner Ollie English who we haven’t heard new material from since his incredible debut EP in December 2015. He’s clearly been working very hard and experimenting with his vocals so this song gets me super excited for his upcoming releases which are apparently coming soon.

Kuji Koo have had an exciting year and have begun a rapid rise through the Adelaide scene with only one official release under their belt so far. Their future funk, electro-pop live performances have already been turning heads at events like Futuresounds and Root Down Festival.

This has probably got a lot to do with the fact that the members of Kuji Koo, Logan and David, have been playing music for years. Logan’s technical knowledge and skills on the keys mixed with David’s drumming prowess and extensive experience as a live DJ produces a really balanced sound that I think anyone can enjoy, regardless of their music tastes. The duo share a vision of creating electronic music that is truly performed live and is cathartic and memorable for the audience.

They even had the chance to collaborate recently with the internationally famous act What So Not aka Chris Emerson. It all came about after What So Not was in town for Flux Festival which was unfortunately cancelled, but luckily for Logan, David and Ollie they all ended up at the same party. They all had a jam in the shed and next thing they know he’s tracking them and had Ollie sing into his iPhone. 6 hours of non stop producing later and Chris had a track done. So hopefully we will see a track released in the near future by What So Not featuring Ollie English.

The track I’m going to play for you is called Fortitude and it is essentially about being in a love/hate relationship and questioning what the other half really thinks about you. It starts out with some dreamy synth and Ollie’s tender howling vocals before bouncing into a huge, funky groove that is sure to get your toes tapping. I can’t wait to see what these guys produce next. If you want to see them play live then jump on their FB page to keep updated with upcoming gigs.

00:00:00 Outtake

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