Mānawatia a Matariki, Happy Matariki

Matariki, also known as Māori New Year, is a time for celebration, growth and renewal. It’s a chance to get together and remember whānau, share food, tell stories, sing and play music.

It’s a chance to share good kai by getting together for a mid-winter feast, cooking with the winter produce available from the market.

While Jack frost showed up a few times last week, that doesn’t stop our veggie growers from growing and harvesting their amazing selection of winter veggies.

Spudz n Greens

From spuds to greens, from beets to onions, from broccoli to cauliflower, from garlic to squash, it’s at the market.

Also at the market a range of raw honeys, goat and cow cheese – some made from A2 milk. There’s popular preserves to go with cheeses, desserts, and your curries. We have makers of delicious breads, free range pork, eggs, smallgoods, pate and charcuterie. Long Acre Farm’s fennel pork sausages were delicious in Nicola Galloway’s Homegrown Kitchen recipe called “fennel and sausage casserole”.

Frut4U Lowes Orchard

We also have crips and juicy apples, pears and vine ripened kiwifruit – high in Vitamin C to help you fend off winter bugs.

Feast and Pedro take a break, but Boom Chef, Long Acre Farm, the Swiss Butcher will be at the market with moreish brunch for hungry tummies.

If you are looking for plants, pay Karen from the She Shed a visit at the community stall.

Come for a browse to see what else 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.

Opening hours

We’re open every Sunday from 9 to noon, rain or shine.

See you once gates open, from 8.45am.

From our stallholders

Homemade Kiwi

This week a run through the homemade powders for this season

  • VEGETABLE STOCK POWDER” A blend of garden veggies, excellent for soups, stews, casseroles and gravies.
  • POWDERED KALE” Great added to scrambled eggs (Koromiko Free Range Eggs) made with coconut cream.
  • PUMPKIN SEED A SKIN POWDER” A great addition to scones and muffins and wonderful used as a sprinkle over chops, steaks and vegetable dishes.
  • POWDERED QUINCE” Contains fiber and several essential vitamins. Great added to Apple Sauce and served with Pork (Long Acre Farm) or sprinkled over your morning cereal.
  • KAFFIR LIME POWDER” Use as an anti-inflammatory by mixing with a light oil and rubbing on affected area. Great with Gin &Tonic too.
  • ORANGE PEEL POWDER” Makes your skin youthful and brighter if mixed with plain yogurt and used as a mask. It is rich in vitamin C.
  • LEMON PEEL POWDER” Has high nutritional value. It is high in antioxidants and may promote heart health.

See you at the market, Alys

Drop the BEET

Drop the BEET will be at the market with your favourite cold-pressed juices and turmeric-ginger wellness tonics. What better way to get your 5-a-day as we head into winter than a delicious cold-pressed juice?! PS remember your clean swap-a-bottles for exchange.

Thanks, Kate

The Snail House Bakery

Hello bread lovers,

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, cookies.

Also breadsticks and coconut Pani Popos, probiotic red and white sauerkraut and so much more.

Apple strudel is on the menu again as well as blueberry muffins!

Have a happy Matariki Weekend 

Sharp As Tooltip

It’s a busy time pruning for some plants now. Keeping your loppers sharp, clean and oiled takes a lot of the effort out of pruning.

A couple of loppers bought in recently, note the reground and cleaned lopper at the bottom of the picture. The one at the top will look and be as good as the one at the bottom once it’s been sharpened and cleaned.

If you have any loppers that need sharpening or reconditioning or any other tools or utensils that need sharpening bring them along to me at the Farmers’ Market.

Cheers Ron

mā te wā.

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