Freemans Organic Farm, located in Queensland’s Currumbin Valley deep in the Gold Coast Hinterland is nothing short of a national treasure. The farm has been growing some of the finest fruit and vegetables in the country for generations (since 1915 in fact!). The Calorie Counter Australia team believes in the ethos and principles of organic food, so we try to advance the renown of local operations like Freemans whenever possible.
Organic produce, unlike most commercially farmed products, is grown and processed according to certified standards of practice involving the cycling of resources, promoting ecological balance, and biodiversity conservation. In Australia, the NASAA standards apply.
All well and good, but what sort of calorie or kilojoule counts do organic fruit and veg of the type produced by the Freeman’s have? After finding out how many calories you need per day, you will want to know how much of this good stuff you can eat on a daily basis. Use the calcount Food Search Box or take a quick look at this table:
|Produce||Calories per 100 grams|
|Bananas – New Guinea Cavendish||92 Calories (385kJ)|
|Bananas – Lady Fingers||113 Calories (474kJ)|
|Mandarin||45 Calories (191kJ)|
|Avocados||207 Calories (867kJ)|
|Kale||26 Calories (109kJ)|
|Carrots||31 Calories (133kJ)|
|Capsicums||21 Calories (92kJ)|
|Sweet potato||70 Calories (297kJ)|
|Onions – Brown||28 Calories (120kJ)|
|Broccoli||31 Calories (131kJ)|
|Zucchini||14 Calories (61kJ)|
|Silverbeet||17 Calories (72kJ)|
|Tomatoes||17 Calories (73kJ)|
|Beans||31 Calories (130kJ)|
|Squash||26 Calories (110kJ)|
|Eggplant||21 Calories (89kJ)|
|Paw Paw / Papaya||33 Calories (142kJ)|
|Pumpkin||44 Calories (186kJ)|
As expected, the calcount database holds that organic fruit and vegetables are low in calories and nutrient rich. One expects that the depth of micro-nutrients found in organically grown produce exceeds that of “regular” produce. In the case of Freeman’s farm, the highly arable volcanic soil undoubtedly transfers a plethora of minerals into the product of their sustainable labour.
The next time you are up Tomewin Mountain Road, why not stop over at this magnificent 25 acre organic farm and sample some of the produce? The crew at Freemans Organic Farm have been conducting guided tours and manning their stall for years. Head on over to their website for more information!