Hope you had a lovely short week and are ready to start your next one with a trip to the market for your produce supplies this Sunday.

With June arriving, it’s officially winter, but we keep going, rain or shine, right through the year, so that you can get locally grown and made produce and products direct from the farmers and makers.

Alistair of Spudz n Greens is holding cauliflower

A good way to know what’s in season is by visiting the market. It’s also a good way to buy ripe produce, because producers haven’t had to factor in long distance travel from farm to market. When they need to do that, they harvest at an unripe state, because things like fruit don’t bruise as easily. The trade-off though is flavour. The Lowes for example bring vine and tree ripened fruit, and you can taste the difference.

olive harvest at Isobel Olives
Olive harvest at Isobel Olives

June means olive harvest for Isobel Olives. Chris is about to harvest and will not have a stall at the market for some time. However, Isobel Olive oil will be available from the community stall.

The-Nutt-Ranch-Christmas foodie gifts

The Nutt Ranch will now be coming alternative weeks, the next one being the 19th.

Back this week with her splendid baking is Annette from the Snail House Bakery, who attends every second week.

Rick from Long Acre Farm with Italian style slow cooked pork for the “Big Porkie” breakfast.

While the Gourmet Deli takes a winter break, Pedro, Boom Chef, Long Acre Farm, the Swiss Butcher and Feast will be at the market catering for your brunch along with their other products – like hot sauces, charcuterie and free-range pork.

Kate from Drop the BEET will be there too with her super healthy, vitamin loaded cold pressed juices.

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

FRUT4U Lowes Orchard

Green Kiwifruit

Our kiwifruit are vine ripened so the Brix levels are higher.  That will give you a better flavour and nutrient value.  Only a few days in a bowl with an apple or two, the fruit will ripen suitable for eating.


Pears are highly nutritious.  They have anti-inflammatory properties too.  As part of a balanced diet they can promote gut health and boost heart health as well as being linked to lower risk of diabetes…perfect reasons to try them. Comice, Winter Cole & Beurre Bosc are the varieties that are currently available on the stall.

Frut4U Lowes Orchard


Apples are an incredibly nutritious fruit that offers multiple health benefits.  They are rich in fibre and antioxidants.  We have a wide range of varieties to choose from including Royal Gala, Che-Ko, Splendour, Fuji, Queen, Braeburn, Pink Lady, Sturmer and Granny Smith.

Apple Juice

Lowes fine apples are tree ripened and picked to make several varieties of juice – Cox Orange, Queen & Apple & Boysenberry are the varieties currently available with Pink Lady and Sturmer to come in the next couple of weeks.

Come see Andrew and Heather this Sunday to get your fruit bowl sorted!

Snail House Bakery

Hello bread lovers,

Rain or shine I will be back 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, cookies, breadsticks and coconut Pani Popos, probiotic red and white sauerkraut and so much more.

See you Sunday, Annette

Sharp As Tool Tip

With the weather change those with wood fires will be out with their axes. A tip I have for when it’s hard to get heat into your fire is to use wood fire pellets. Once I have flame in my fire I add these to the fire and this quickly builds up a heat core and gets the fire place up to a high heat. I also use the pellets mixed in with my wood to extend the time between fire wood deliveries. They are an economical way to extend your woodpile. If you have axes or any other tools that need sharpening or repairing come and see me at the market.

Cheers Ron

mā te wā.

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