It’s Strawberry time

Hedgerows are back with sweet, hydroponically grown strawberries.

Fun facts: the strawberry is a member of the rose family. Each strawberry has, on average, 200 seeds on the outside. A strawberry is not technically a berry as it has seeds on the outside.  True berries, such as blueberries, have seeds on the inside. Still they look and taste great.


See you this Sunday from 9am – 12pm at the Marlborough Farmers’ Market!

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It’s time to plant up the veggie garden

With the warmer weather it’s time to get into the garden. Get yourself some gentle seaweed fertiliser from Clive at WakameGrow and your favourite vegetable seedlings from Helen’s Garden Plants, which are ready to plant into those empty garden beds. Helen will also have a range of flowering perennials including dwarf bearded irises which are now beginning to flower.

Helen’s Garden Plants at the Marlborough Farmers Market

Helen’s Garden Plants

Over at Traditional Country Preserves the Chocolate and Chocolate Walnut Fudge is back in stock along with the ever-popular Russian Fudge. Both will be hard to resist.

Also back in stock is Margaret’s popular Chilli Jam, 750 ml Red pepper relish, and cassis mixed berry jam along with plenty of Tua Marina farm walnuts. Come and have a taste before you buy. (side note, must try fudge and fresh strawberries together this Sunday).

It’s the last of the kiwifruit this season, so make sure you stock up on these Vitamin C bombs for the whole family at Frut4U Lowes Orchard. Braeburn will be on special at $1-50 kg. Fuji will be on a run out special this weekend at $1kg so be quick. Don’t forget their range of apple juices, a nice treat as the weather warms up.

Fresh4U apples at the Marlborough Farmers Market

Braeburn and Fuji Fresh4U apples on special this week

Be in quick for Rick’s tasty Long Acre Farm’s gluten free and preservative free thyme and garlic sausages, they are for early risers only as they sold out super quick last week. However, there will be plenty of fresh pork cuts for everyone.

Team them up with Pedro’s fresh gluten free pasta or treat yourself to his large empanadas this Sunday.

Pedro's Gluten Free Pasta at the Marlborough Farmers Market

Pedro’s Gluten Free Pasta

We’ve got plenty of fresh veggie options for you, fresh Cook Straight caught fish, honey, eggs, nuts, nut flower, and even bee pollen for your immunity.

a busy Marlborough Farmers Market, under cover

A busy Marlborough Farmers Market, under cover until October


Health and beauty

At Isobel Olives, Chris has been busy making a new Lip Balm. His Ms Merlot tint has been so popular it will be joined by a Pink one for the Summer.  It’s named Pink Phloyd for all those that live on the Dark Side of the Moon. Come on down and try this pinkilicious number.

Garden Bees have added Natural Raw Bee Pollen Capsules to their range.

Not sure what to do with Bee Pollen? I had Dr Axe help me out: Bee pollen contains almost all of the nutrients required by the human body to thrive. Bee pollen is wonderful for natural allergy relief and is responsible for the many health benefits of raw honey. It’s rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins, lipids and fatty acids, enzymes, carotenoids and bioflavonoids — making it an antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral agent that strengthens the capillaries, reduces inflammation, stimulates the immune system and lowers cholesterol levels naturally.

Garden Bees at the Marlborough Farmers Market

Garden Bees


Brunch options

At Long Acre Farm Rick and Nairn will be cooking a tasty breakfast burrito with pork mince, red peppers, green onion with scrambled egg and cheese all wrapped up.

Feast Merchants will be there with their usual tasty fare, a Smoked Pastrami Brunch special, and a Russian Honey Cake.

And don’t forget Peter the Swiss Butcher’s hot European sausage in a bun, meatloaf, and his tasty cured meats for platters and gourmet sammies.

Feast Merchants at the Marlborough Farmers Market

Feast Merchants


Recipe of the week

Apple walnut salad with balsamic vinaigrette

Apple walnut salad with balsamic vinaigrette

Apple walnut salad with balsamic vinaigrette


8 cups chopped red leaf lettuce (Field Fresh, Community Stall)

1 medium apple, cored and thinly sliced (Frut4U)

¼ cup thinly sliced red onions (Field Fresh, Spudz n Greens)

¾ cup walnut halves, toasted (Traditional Country Preserves)

⅓ cup crumbled feta cheese (Cranky Goat)


⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil (Isobel Olives, Two Short Dogs)

2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard

2 tsp. honey (Garden Bees, River Gold Honey)

salt and fresh ground black pepper


In a large bowl combine lettuce, apples, red onion, and walnuts. Drizzle with the vinaigrette and toss to combine. Sprinkle with feta and serve immediately.


In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients together and whisk until blended. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

recipe courtesy of Little Broken


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