What’s happening at the Marlborough Farmers’ Winter Market?
Three Cheers to summer regulars Banjo Brews for just winning First Prize at the National Farmers’ Market Awards for their Blueberry Elderflower Kombucha – we can’t simply can’t until you’re back to taste it! Have you got what it takes to join the Marlborough Farmer’s Market Committee? See below for news on our forthcoming AGM. And of course, don’t forget to come and find out what fresh & healthy produce and local tasty treats are on offer this Sunday.
See you soon at the Sheep Pavilion, A&P Showgrounds from 9am – 12noon.
If you haven’t already, don’t forget to join us on FaceBook!
Blackboard Specials …
Putting moa and tuatara in a hotpot … no wonder they’re called Premium Game! I wonder what delicious concoction Tash has stewed up this week. She’ll also be selling venison, wild pork and goat in a range of patties, salamis, sausages and roasts – perfect for Winter meals.
Nutt Ranch have just added to their sweet & savoury range … delicious Lemon Pepper Roast Hazelnuts – 100g for $5.
I simply couldn’t wait to try tasting the new season’s batch of cheeses at Kaikoura Cheese. They recommend trying their cheeses regularly as the taste can change with maturity.
“Last week I bought The Harnett ($10), shared it with no-one, and ate it in one sitting!”
These apples may look golden delicious but they’re lusciously large, tree-ripened Granny Smiths – they can be found amongst the wonderful produce selection at Spudz N Greens.
For those of you who enjoy gardening, Marlborough Nurseries have a great range of vegetable seedlings acclimatised to Marlborough ready for planting now. Don’t forget to pop over to Garden Bees too, for the lovely soothing balms for industrious hands. You can even hire a beehive while you’re there (and perhaps have a quick Winnie the Pooh moment in the honey).
In the Spotlight … the Marlborough Farmers’ Market
Celebrating Fifteen Years
“What is an Authentic Farmers’ Market?
There are 3 Golden Rules for Farmers’ Markets and their stallholders:
(1) A Farmers’ Market is a food market (e.g. no arts, craft, bric-a-brac) with some exceptions for plants and flowers.
(2) This food is produced within a defined local area (each market can define their local region)
(3) The vendor must be directly involved in the growing or production process of the food (e.g. no middle men, on-sellers, wholesalers, retailers, etc… ) ” (www.farmersmarkets.org.nz)
Now regarded as a local institution the Marlborough Farmers’ Market had it’s first summer in 2001, born of an idea by Destination Marlborough and pushed by a group of growers and chefs with a vision to increase the network of local food producers in the Marlborough region and to promote local produce to consumers. It was the third Farmers’ Market in NZ after Whangarei and Hawkes Bay, and led the boom throughout NZ of similar ‘food only markets’ that provided a place for growers and producers to have direct contact with their customers. Start up food businesses found the market to be an excellent resource to trial products and make contact with buyers, and small growers appreciated the lack of a middle man in sales. Customers showed appreciation for the super fresh purchases and the market grew from strength to strength over the years. The Market was initially run only in the summer months, but due to popular demand various winter markets were trialed in town. The current format of staying put at the A&P Showgrounds and moving under cover for the cold months has proved most successful. Every Sunday, rain or shine!
If you meet the Golden Rules and you’re interested in becoming at stallholder at the Market please check out our website for more information.
Calling All Great Marketeers – It’s Annual General Meeting time for the Marlborough Farmer’s Market!
We are looking for nominations for the Marlborough Farmers’ Market Committee and we would like to encourage interested stallholders, customers and members of the public who would like to support our organisation to come and join us.
Nominations forms for committee members can be downloaded from our website or can be requested by emailing email@example.com.
The AGM will be held on Tuesday, 20th September at 5.30pm in St Mary’s Parish Room on Maxwell Rd.