The shortest day of winter will be upon us on Monday 21. What this really means is that on these longer nights leading up to it, you will be able to get a good sleep in time for the Farmers’ Market on Sunday! The other good news is that from then on, the days will get longer again. This weekend also marks the astronomical start of the winter season, of Matariki, celebrated between 19 June to 11 July, a time for family to gather and reflect on the past and the future.
From time to time we get asked if the market will continue to operate in winter. Yes it does.
We will be here for you all winter long, all year round. We remain outside as long as we possibly can, weather permitting, on the market arena in the A&P showgrounds. If wet, we head into the historical sheep pavillion, in the same area, accessible via the entrances that you are used to.
This week Nutt Ranch, Boom, River Gold Honey, Rasmussen Gardens and Snailhouse bakery return. Not such great news is that Craft will be taking a holiday over July and August. So fill your boots this Sunday with their hand crafted goodies. Seasonal fruit are apples, pears, and limes.
Find out what else is in store this Sunday below.
See you Sunday, rain or shine, from 9 til noon at A&P Showgrounds.
From our stallholders
Pedro will have fresh gluten free empanadas this Sunday, chicken, beef, pumpkin and refried beans.
Keith and Georgina will be joining the market every two weeks over winter and our next market will be this Sunday.
Not the greatest news, but Craft will be taking a holiday over July and August. Their Outstanding Foodproducer Gold Medal win is taking them to Auckland for the Gala Dinner and to other places for a bit of a break.
So this Sunday is your last chance to stock up at the market.
See you Sunday!
Benoit & Anne
FRUT4U Lowes Orchard
Our winter season is well underway with stonefruit trees being pruned ready for the new seasons fruit. Applications of Copper are being applied to protect the trees from bacterial blast (the gooey gum that is excreted from the stone)
On the stall at the market you can get delicious crisp apples, super juicy sweet pears and vine ripened kiwifruit. Plus Apple & Boysenberry juice. We will have Sturmer and Pink Lady juice from next week.
We will have available 5 kg bags of apples for $10. If you don’t want your fruit in plastic or you only want a few…you can bring your own bag and we will fill it for you!
Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!
Andrew & Sue
Rain or shine I will be at the market with the tasty and healthy German style rye sourdough bread and the more French style sourdough country loaf, wheat free adventure bread, superseeded multigrain, Cinnamon snails, sour cherry pie, Linzer Torte, chia seed crackers, sourdough crackers, breadsticks and coconut Pani Popos. Ripe new season apples will turn into original Austrian Applestrudel Of course with cream.
We’ve got hearty warm waffles with sauce and home made gelato for you this Sunday.
Kaffir Lime leaves are used widely in Asian cooking and in stirfries. They also introduce a tangy, spicy lime-like zestness to soups and curries. Use them like Bay leaves in that you can take them out of the dish before eating.
Soup of the day this week is the “Super Soup” made from the leaves and stems of the cauliflower. The stems and leaves are full of flavour also vitamins and antioxidants. Free tasting this Sunday. See you at the Market rain or shine. Alys
Community Stall – Natural Microgreens
Natural Microgreens returns with NZ Spinach, crisp and lemony Miners Lettuce, and colour ful Swiss Chard. All veggies are brought up spray free on Sigrun’s land that she tends by making her own fertiliser and compost from her own recycled garden waste.
Did you know that early Chinese gold miners introduced Miner’s lettuce to New Zealand? Since that time is has spread to many parts of the country, including Sigrun’s garden. Its high vitamin C content was valuable in the prevention of scurvy and was a great source of omega-3-fats. Its taste is sweeter than lettuce or spinach and can be cooked or eaten raw.
SharpAs Tool Tips
There are many electric tools we have in the kitchen to make food preparation easier. The bacon slicer is one of these tools. The blade of this slicer is very similar to a serrated knife edge. Over time the slicer blade becomes blunt and sharpening the blade like a knife gives easier cleaner cutting and reduces the effort on the motor. If you are working in the kitchen, in the garden or workshop and its got an edge to sharpen, bring it along to the Farmers’ Market.
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