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There has been a lot of talk about rising food prices since COVID. Buying seasonal produce is one of the best ways to buy economically. Buying local is another. How do you know if something is in season? By purchasing it from your local grower at the Farmers’ Market.

Frut4U Lowes Orchard have a wonderful selection of apples – some eleven varieties. Sweet ones for eating fresh, and tart ones for cooking. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. So dig in. This week they will also have the first of this season’s kiwifruit on their stall.

Feijoas are now finished, but persimmons are just starting, and will be at the community stall. Our vegetable growers have plenty of root vegetables, brassicas and Asian greens. They also grow onions, shallots and garlic, the base of almost any dish.

Koromiko Free Range Eggs make sure that no one at the market will be out of eggs for breakfast and for baking.

Cranky Goat make mouth-watering cheeses in the Marlborough Sounds. One of them is the Cullensville Gold, named after the old mining town Cullensville. It’s a “smear ripened” cheese with a pungent, spicy aroma. It’s washed in Lake Chalice Sauvignon Blanc.

Garden Bees will be back after being away two weekends.

These are just some of the highlights at the market. Chef Ben Bayley found a few more when he visited in January. He came with a film crew and the results feature on the screen this weekend. Read on to find out more.

Marlborough and our market features on TVNZ1 and DUKE this weekend

A New Zealand Food Story trailer

A New Zealand Food Story – Marlborough episode airing this weekend

We are very excited. Season two of ‘A New Zealand Food Story’ is screening on TVNZ1 on Saturdays at 4.30pm, and DUKE at 9.30pm Sundays, and this weekend showcases Marlborough through butterfish spearfishing at D’Urville Island and the Marlborough Farmers Markets. Filmed back in January, Destination Marlborough partnered with the producers, NRDA, to commission an episode. If you miss the screenings, the show is also featured on TVNZ OnDemand.

Fancy getting involved in the Marlborough Farmers’ Market?

Jennie Crum from Windsong Orchard is one of the many people who served on the committee. She was also a part of the group who helped established the Marlborough Farmers’ Market some 22 years ago. Jennie says, “at the very first market, around 12 stallholders showed up. All of them sold out in minutes and signed up again for the next market.”

Tourists and locals alike enjoy the market. While tourists were not expected in the early days, we know that many build in a visit to Farmers’ markets into their itinerary. Jennie says, “they can see the difference in the regions reflected by the food that is sold at the markets.” In a way they are experiencing their own New Zealand Food Story.

We like to have a mix of consumers and stallholders on the committee because together we add different perspectives. It helps us to enhance the market.

The popular kids’ play area for example is thanks to a parent who served on the committee.

Being on the committee is rewarding and only involves your time (and brain) at monthly committee meetings. If you know of someone who would like to be involved, please nominate them.

AGM Notice

Our AGM will be held on Sunday, 5th June 2022, at the Shearing Pavillion, A&P Showgrounds, cnr Maxwell & Alabama Rds. Nominations for the Marlborough Farmers’ Market Committee may be lodged at the Market Information Stall prior to and including Sunday 29th May 2022.

Come for a browse to see what you can find from the farm gate for your lunch and dinner plate at the market this weekend.

Covid-19 update: Masks are no longer compulsory, but with Omicron still making the circles in our community, you are encouraged to wear one.

We’re open every Sunday, come rain or shine.

See you once gates open, from 8.45am.

From our stallholders

Windsong Orchard

Feijoas are now finished but we’ll have persimmons on the community stall this weekend.

HOMEMADE.KIWI

Orange Peel Powder is a natural herbal powder for beautiful skin and hair. It has a higher concentration of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients than the orange itself.

Can be taken as a drink: one teaspoon in a mug of hot water with a little added honey.

Added to yoghurt to make a paste and rubbed well into your scalp will help prevent dandruff and other scalp problems.

Free soup tasting this week is CREAMY CAPSICUM & CARROT.

See you Sunday at the Market, Alys

Sharp AS Tooltip

A popular item in use today is the Chipper machine for chopping branches into convenient chips that can be used for mulch. If any of the blades shows chips on the cutting edge then its best to get them sharpened.

Continued use when they are chipped can increase the  damage to the blades.

When hiring a chipping machine it’s best practice to check the blades before taking the chipper away. The picture shows a pair of chipper blades before and after grinding a badly damaged set.

If you have these or any other tools that need sharpening come and see me at the market.

Cheers Ron

mā te wā.

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