January is delicious…

January in New Zealand is that wonderful time of year full of summer fruits, new vegetables, outdoor dining and garden projects.  We do all of that so well – be inspired – visit us on Sunday morning.

 

See you this Sunday from nine til noon at the Marlborough Farmers’ Market!

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Highlights

Image may contain: foodThere’s plenty of tomatoes available at Harwoods and you’ll find a few stalls selling all sorts of beans a the moment too.  There’s wonderful new season vegetables at Spudz n Greens and their new carrots are sooooo pretty!

“Oh wow” said a Windsong customer last week as they took a bite into an organic plum.

Stonefruit season has begun and we’re delighted that Fruit 4 U has joined our merry gang with their nectarines, peaches, pears and fresh fruit juice.  Eden Orchards had a great special on last week – just $10 for a bag of cherries and a bag of apricots – and their cherry juice is delicious.

Doesn’t this image look delicious?  It’s the Pumpkin, spinach and goats cheese quiche available at Gourmet-deli this weekend.

If you’re feeling thirsty we have plenty of beverage options … there’s water at the Kid’s Tent, fresh coffees at Koffie and Ritual, Iced Tea at Feast Merchants, and new to the Market are School Trip Fundraising Fruit Smoothies.

Annette will be joining the Mississippi Herbs stall on Sunday, bringing her German style rye sourdough, big crackers and some cakes perhaps? Whatever she brings is always delicious – don’t miss out!  Alongside their usual range of bread, oatcakes, sweet loaves & cut herbs will be zucchini in many colours, heirloom tomatoes, Lebanese cucumbers & Scarlet Runner beans.

Feast Merchants’ Brunch Menu this Sunday includes…
Their famous Gnocchi, with spinach, roasted tomatoes and a Koromiko poached egg
Lamb steam buns with chipotle mayo
Homemade custard squares

 

 

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Cooking Demonstration

 

Don’t forget to head to the mobile kitchen (next to the Busker Gazebo) from 10:30am to11:00am for our weekly Cooking Demonstration.

This week we have market stallholder Margaret Duggan of Traditional Country Preserves introducing something a little different and very informative.  Audience participation will be encouraged with her interactive blind taste test and prizes will be awarded for the best answers.

So if you’re a fan of Traditional Country Preserves and like a bit of a challenge then please come and join in the fun at the Cooking Demonstration this week.

 

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Very Berry

Summer means berries, but if you time it right, you can be eating something juicy and delicious all year.

Inspired by the delicious berries available at the Farmers’ Market I’ve tried my hand at growing a small successful crop of raspberries myself this year.  Here’s some pointers from the recent December issue of New Zealand’s Lifestyle Block magazine and feel free to chat to our stallholders – Marlborough Nurseries, Windsong, Marlborough Blueberries, Somerville Strawberries and Hedgrows for your berry inspiration.

 

HARVEST TIMES FOR BERRIES IN NZ

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUNE JULY AUG SEPT OCT NOV DEC 
Blackberries   X X                  
Raspberries X                     X
Strawberries X X               X X X
Blueberries X X X X             X X
Boysenberries X X                   X
Gooseberries X                   X X
Cranberries     X X                
Currants (red,black,white) X                     X
Cape Gooseberries X X X X X X           X
Goji berries X X X X                

SEVEN THINGS YOU NEED TO GROW GREAT BERRIES
  • full sun
  • shelter from wind
  • support, like a wall, stakes, trellis or tee-pee
  • good soil, which may mean lots of compost and manure or acidic conditions
  • pollinators, especially blueberries
  • netting
  • a thick layer of mulch

 

ALL BERRIES FREEZE WELL – SO STOCK UP FROM THE

FARMERS’ MARKET BERRY STALLS AND FILL YOUR FREEZER NOW.

 

SEE YOU SUNDAY

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