Browse, brunch, buy, and try … the freshest produce in Marlborough


This week we share our top Winter Fashion tip, enjoy baking with citrus, and welcome back Nuggetty Creek and Kaikoura CheeseThommy’s may be taking a break but there’s still great brunches to be had at Pedro’s and Feast Merchants. With snow on the surrounding mountains it’s great to see so many of you still enjoy shopping and dining alfresco – we look forward to seeing you…

… this Sunday from 9am – 12pm at the Marlborough Farmers’ Winter Market



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Bean Scene?


It wasn’t just the veggies that were crisp at the Winter Market last week – there was definitely a wonderful fresh nip in the air.  Introducing … Marlborough Farmers’ Winter Market de rigueur hats!  So then, what are you going to wear on Sunday?


mississippi hatminion hatfacepainting




Attention:  All Cheesy Connoisseurs


kaikouracheeseKaikoura Cheese is at the market this weekend with the first of their new season cheeses, including some of the best Harnetts they have ever made!  Fluffy Clouds is finally available again and there will also be a very limited amount of Tenara – so get in early!  You should also try the Labneh and the new semi hard cheeses too – delicious.

Don’t miss out – it’s the very first batch of the season and will be sold exclusively at the Marlborough Farmers’ Winter Market for the next few weeks






and Pork Connoisseurs too …



Nuggety Creek will also be at the Winter Market this weekend after a few weeks respite.  This ethically raised meat will include a delicious range of Pork Cuts, Sausages, Dry Cured Bacon, Farmhouse Pork Brawn, Liver and Bacon Pate, Pressed Tongue and Pork Salami.






Don’t miss out – The Early Birds get the pick of the crop


Cauliflower bunch

I couldn’t help but notice last week how quickly the large quantity of cauliflowers disappeared at Spudz N Greens and the spring blooms from Field Fresh.  No wonder, they are such great value for money – the cauliflowers were only $3.50 and they are very large!  Speaking of large, this exceptionally big bright pansy caught my eye at Marlborough Nursery amongst the delightful double primulas – perfect for cheering up the garden.


market shot field freshgiant pansy

After you’ve bought your healthy fruit and veggies you might like to get some extra Vitamin C at Feast Merchants…


Feast Merchants key lime pie will be back by popular demand this week – featuring Limrose Grove fresh local limes – or try the Feasties delicious slice of the day.


feast merchants slice limes and pie




Citrus Slice


There’s a delicious selection of citrus at the Winter Market – try this recipe with lemons, limes or mandarins


INGREDIENTSjones mandarins

Butter – 100g
Sweet Condensed Milk – 3/4 cup
Desiccated Coconut – 1 cup
Crumbed Wine biscuits – 200g
Grated rind of citrus fruit – 1 large or two small

ICING – (NB I prefer to double these icing ingredients for a delicious thick layer)
Icing Sugar – 1 cup
Soft Butter – 2 Tbsp
Citrus fruit juice

For the base of the slice start by melting the butter.  Then add the condensed milk, coconut, citrus rind and biscuit crumbs.  Mix well and then press into a lightly buttered square/rectangular dish.  Press to desired depth.

Mix the icing sugar with butter then add the juice a few drops at a time.  Spread with a knife and decorate with a fork if desired.  Refrigerate until firm, then cut and store in the fridge.