Liquid Gold and more strawberries for you this week
Isobel Olives struck gold with his Medium Robust Extra virgin Olive oil, described by the judges as “almond and black pepper notes on nose, pleasant and balanced in the mouth.” Congratulations Chris for this well-deserved award.
The weather is playing ball, so there’ll be more strawberries also this Sunday. Lynn presents an excellent dessert crumble idea to make with your fruit. And don’t forget it’s still NZ Cheese month, a good excuse to take advantage of superb offers!
While our own veggie gardens may look a bit sparce, the market certainly has plenty of veggie options, ranging from fresh carrots, Asian greens, mushrooms, microgreens, staples like onions and garlic right through to pumpkin and spuds. Fruit is increasing in variety too, with apples, kiwifruit, limes, lemons and now strawberries available.
When travelling during the holidays it can be a challenge to eat fresh. When you don’t have a fridge available, having dehydrated options in the pantry, handbag or backpack is a convenient option. Especially when you know that the dehydrated options have been grown in nutrient rich, composted soils, tended by Alys the Homemade.kiwi.
Remember once again to bring your mask to wear as you enter the spread-out market arena at the A&P park, through the pedestrian entrance, where we need you to scan in.
See you once the gates open from 8.45am onwards.
From our Stallholders
FRUT4U Lowes Orchard
100% pure apple juice
Once the apples are picked, we send them in bins to Tullybarden in Redwoods Valley (6km from our orchard).
Graham pulps and presses the apples, pasteurizes the juice and puts it into three litre bladders for us.
- Apple & Boysenberry Juice $13
- Sturmer Apple Juice $11
- Pink Lady Apple Juice $11
We look forward to seeing you all on Sunday.
Andrew & Sue
Golden Mile Produce
What a great start to the strawberry season. The berries are BIG and red and juicy, just the way they should be! So, the good news is that we will have strawberries again this Sunday at the market. We will have lettuces, Asian greens, garlic sauce, walnuts, strawberry conserve and all those allium goodies too. Thank you to all who supported us and the great feedback. Have an awesome week and we will see you Sunday. Stephen & Sally
There’s a lot to do in the garden this time of year and I’ve been busy getting it ready to produce more vegetables and fruit for my dehydrated food products.
I am a great believer in composting your garden and food waste to naturally rebuild all of nature’s goodness into the products grown in my gardens for you. If you are tramping, caravaning, holidaying or just want to make life a bit easier for yourself, come along to the Farmers Market and buy some of nature’s best dehydrated foods.
Natural Microgreen’s NZ Spinach is back as well as the last of the spray free Swiss Chard with its colourful stems. Miners’ lettuce is now finished, but there could be a bit of nutritious Chickweed available, that you can weave into salads, smoothies and green soups. There will also be more crack your own walnuts, Thai Mint and even some microgreens.
Isobel olives was awarded a gold and silver medal at the Olives NZ awards dinner on Saturday night. The gold was for a grove medium blend and the silver for a single variety Koroneiki. These awards provide an assurance that they are excellent certified extra virgin oils. The gold award was the first for Marlborough since 2014.
See you Sunday, Chris
This week we will have $5 special on Millie and Peckham Gold and we will have Nags and soft goat cheese back on sale.
SharpAs Tool tips
I was recently asked by a couple if I could reshape a knife for them. I discussed with owners Brooke and Eamon what they wanted. Their high-quality knife was too good to be left lanquishing in a drawer. I reshaped it with a light hollow grind and polish to give a more general purpose knife with a very easy cutting action. I also put a guide on their steel to keep it sharp.A frequent source of damage is using tips of knives to open things. A small screw driver to be kept handy in your kitchen drawer is highly recommended. Come along to the Farmers’ Market to discuss all your sharpening needs.
Cooking inspo with Lynn: Fruit with Hazelnut Crumble
This time of year it often feels like there isn’t a lot of veggie selection around until spring plantings flourish. However, there is plenty of variety at our veggie stalls around the market, starting with Golden Mile Produce, Spudz n Greens, Field Fresh, and other producers dotted around the market site.
Over the week I also cleared out the freezer ready for the next bounty, finding some black boy peaches and last season’s strawberries (how much nicer would it be to use fresh strawberries from Golden Mile?).
I mixed these fruits together with coconut sugar, and Nutt Ranch’s hazelnut crumble mix, which, even for someone like me who always likes cooking from scratch, is a staple in my cupboard. It is a ready-made crumble topping with hazelnuts that you just need to add butter too.
Personally, I’m a traditional crumble top person, thinking butter, sugar and flour can’t be beat, I don’t like toppings that are more like breakfast cereal than dessert. But I have just been beaten. This mix has the perfect balance of nut and crumble, the nut flavour and texture are light and have never dropped in the pud. The instructions are perfect – just add 70gms of butter. Of course any fruit will do, so clear out last year’s fruit and make something that is easy and delicious.
We’re still in Level 2. Here’s a quick recap, and with that said, see you Sunday
- Sign in at the Entrance (from 8.45am, gates are locked prior)
- Wear a Face covering – unless 12 years of age or under.
- Maintain Social Distancing
- Only handle stall produce that you plan to purchase
- If unwell, please stay home
mā te wā.
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