The sun promises to continue to shine throughout the weekend, which means our extended courtyard will be popular.

Entertaining in the sunny courtyard are the T-Birds. Musicians Steve and Darrel have been playing in local bands for over 30 years. Steve is currently playing in Condition Red, Second Sunrise and Gold Rush, Darrell has been in Christchurch for 10 years now and still jam with a few groups. The busking is a new thing for them, and we look forward to their tunes.

While shopping for your honey and olive oil specials, free-range eggs and fresh local produce, our coffee carts will have the coffee ready. Our chefs Fran of Boom, Fran and Rory of Feast Merchants, Peter the Swiss Butcher and Rick of Long Acre farm will get your tummies fed.

For your dinner table we share a roast veggie tip.

See you Sunday, rain or shine, from 9 til noon at A&P Showgrounds.

In brief

  • We are fully stocked up on Pinoli Pine Nuts again at the Community stall.
  • Grab a honey bargain from Garden Bees with their 1 kg raw honey pots on sale. Pay only $12.00 per kg. This deal excludes Manuka.
  • Traditional Country Preserves will be back at the market this week and looking forward to seeing you again.

More from our stall holders

Feast Merchants

We missed Fran and Roy last week. Luckily they return this Sunday with handmade Pierogi dumplings filled with moody cow smoked cheese, potato and sauerkraut.

Isobel Olives

Isobel Olives has 3 specials for this Sunday market.

I have some oil about to lose certification (certified oil has a best by date 2 years from certification but it is not an expiry date). “All my oils are carefully decanted and stored under argon gas to protect them from oxidation.”

These oils have 3 intensities of flavour – delicate, medium, and robust. Buy two and receive the second for half price.

Choose the flavours to suit your taste and what you want to use them for – Delicate for fish, chicken and eggs, medium for cooking and robust for dipping, marinades and dressings.

I have new season’s oil (June 2020) available in 250ml bottles – the oil is robust and still cloudy as it has just been decanted to remove sediment. I am waiting on certification. My healing balm is available until the end of the month at a 20% discount.

Chris Piper

The Lowe down…

FRUT4U Lowes orchard will continue to come to the market every week with cool-stored fruit and juice. As the time goes on some of the varieties will end but we will still have a good supply right the way through!

Currently available…

  • Apples – Breeze, Royal Gala, NZ Queen, Braeburn, Splendour, Sturmer, Granny Smith
  • Pears – Winter Cole, Buerre Bosc
  • Kiwifruit
  • Apple Juice – Blended, Pink Lady, Sturmer, Cox Orange and Apple & Boysenberry

You can either purchase your fruit in convenient 1, 2 & 5 kg bags or if you like to go plastic free…then bring your own clean bag and we can put the number of fruit you want in it for you.

See you Sunday…rain or shine!!!

Andrew & Sue

Golden Mile Produce

Last week saw the arrival of the first of the living lettuce from Golden Mile Produce. Reds, greens and something in between. Also on offer was Wong Bok Chinese cabbage, and Tatsoi, a cousin of the popular Pak choi family, all available this week again from Golden Mile produce Fresh, Local, and Delicious.

Cheers, Sally and Stephen

SharpAs Tool Tip

There are many different knives for chefs to choose from. Above are a selection of Japanese knives that top chef Bradley of Arbour Restaurant fame uses. These fine crafted knives can hold an incredibly sharp edge, essential to produce the fine cuisine at Arbour Restaurant.

To give these knives the respect they deserve, I sharpen them the traditional Japanese way, using a series of fine Japanese hand water stones to bring up an incredible edge.

With careful use of a steel it will be many months before these knives will need to face the water stones again.

If you have any special knives or anything that needs an edge sharpened, come and see me at the Farmers Market.

Cheers, Ron


Back this week by popular demand: “Creamy Roasted Garlic and Cauliflower” dehydrated soup packs. Just to put in the pot, add water and simmer for 45 minutes. Add one can of coconut cream and simmer for another five minutes. Makes 4 generous servings or 6 smaller ones. $7.50 a pack or 3 for $20.00.

Recipe of the week

Roast Veggie tip from Chris at Isobel Olives

Many veggies suitable for roasting are available at the market – spuds, pumpkin, squash, parsnips, carrots, onions. Scrub them (I use a green scouring pad) or peel them, cut to the same size and toss liberally in medium or robust oil to cover all surfaces and roast at 180°C for about an hour turning occasionally.

Serve sprinkled with nuts as a side to Koromiko Free Range poached eggs, haloumi cheese or with a free-range pork chop from Long Acre Farm for lunch or dinner.

See you Sunday from 9 til noon, unless you are unwell. If you haven’t already, we invite you to follow us on FaceBook.and Instagram