Yay for the summer sun with milder temperatures.

After two very wet markets, we’re hopeful the weather bombs have disappeared, and our customers will be back in numbers. Thank you for those stalls holders and customers who braved the weather.

We hope you had some lovely Valentines’ tricks up your sleeve, what did you do? We had quite a few people buying gift items from the community stall from 9am onwards. We’ love to hear how you spoilt your loved ones.

Fruit and all sorts of delicious summer produce is back. Have you tried Devon’s latest strawberry flavoured cordial made with Golden Mile strawberries?

Pedro will also be there with his empanadas ready to heat and eat.

This week we go behind the scenes with another popular stallholder, who you have come to know and love over the past four years..

Below there is also a tip for you that keeps your tools in good shape for the winter fire woodlot. The gourmet-deli presents temptations and check out the fruit on offer from the Lowes Orchard and from the community stall.

We’re open every Sunday, come rain or shine. See you once gates open, from 8.45am.

See you Sunday from 8.45am onwards.

Stall of the week

Today we feature an interview with Andrew from Frut4U Lowes Orchard

Andrew Lowe

Q:  How long have you been down at the Marlborough Farmers’ Market,?
A: We’ve been attending the Marlborough Farmer’s market for four years now. It’s our favourite market!  We enjoy the change of scenery and way the market is set out in the summer time.
Q:  What products does FRUT4U Lowes Orchard offer?
A:  seasonal fruits including strawberries, peaches, nectarines, apricots, plums, apples, pears, quince, kiwifruit, lemons and juice.
Q:   What do you love most about working at the Marlborough Farmers’ Market?
A:  We enjoy working alongside the other stall holders because we all have exceptional products to offer to our customers. We also love our regular customers- they’re awesome! We like sharing our orchard story (when the queues aren’t too long) and information about our fruit. It’s great that people can purchase directly from the grower.
Q:  What made you decide to choose this lifestyle?
A:  Lowes Orchard is a 3rd generation family run business and Andrew is now custodian of the family farm. 
Q:  What is the strangest job you’ve had?
A:  ? Can’t think of anything…guess there is something that we do that others would consider strange…
Q:  What are you passionate about?
A:  Andrew is passionate about growing the highest quality fruit he can, using modern planting systems and as environmentally sustainably as possible. 
Q:  Do you have any hobbies, or are you involved in any local groups?
A:  NZR model trains, making them from kitsets(not that there is alot of spare time for that these days), attending running nights at the local club where he is often train driver.

From our stallholders

FRUT4U Lowes Orchard 

Rachel is returning to University…but while Sue and Andrew will be very sad to loose the company of their beautiful daughter, they will be back.

We will have Yellow flesh peaches and nectarines and plums, white flesh peaches and peacharines.

See you Sunday

Gourmet Deli

Lots of gluten free savoury items including scotch eggs.
Be in early as they go quickly. You snooze you loose unfortunately.
Greek cheese and mint pie slices
Patisserie cream pastry horns without the whipped cream. Delicious
See you Sunday
Margaret McHugh

Community Stall

Williams Bon Cretien

Sigrun is bringing beautiful early ripening juicy pears that lend themselves to eating fresh, poaching, freezing or preserving. They are called Williams Bon Cretien, also known as the Bartlett Pear. White-fleshed, long necked, firm, juicy fruit with a sweet flavour. Great for drying, preserving and cooking. There will also be a few bunches of Swiss Chard and bags of nutrient dense NZ Spinach.

All produce is spray free.

SharpAs Tool Tips

For many it’s time to get in the Wood in for heating. It’s also a good time to check the condition of your axes to make sure they are sharp and in good condition for the coming months. If you have axes or anything that’s got an edge that needs sharpening, come and see me at the Farmers’ Market or contact me direct.

cheers Ron

And lastly, don’t forget our Mask Policy, effective from February

Thanks for reading this far.

Our protective mask policy in the face of Omicron means: No Mask, No Entry. For those who cannot wear a mask, but wish to purchase items from the market, we’ll have people take your order at the entrance.

mā te wā.

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