Adelaide couple Alistair and Helena Martin have created a platform connecting gardeners with each other, and with consumers interested in getting the freshest produce in their own neighbourhoods. The idea for Ripe Near Me, founded in 2012, came when they were returning from the supermarket after having bought some citrus and saw orange and mandarin trees in backyards on the way home.
The common theme that runs through the dozens of cooking shows that fill up hour after hour of TV scheduling is freshness. No matter the show, no matter the chef, fresh ingredients are key to the perfect dish. It doesn’t get any fresher than using herbs and vegetables grown in your own garden, but the problem for many watching along at home is that they just don’t have the time or space to do it.