We are glad to have met so many Yealands Classic Fighters air show travelers at the Farmers’ Market last Sunday. We hope they will all be back in September. And with the grape harvest finished for most, we look forward to seeing our wine friends again son, once they can escape the cellar to chillax for a bit at the market on Sundays.

This weekend the South Island Spirited Women — All Women’s Adventure Race comes to Blenheim. We’ll be here to help them devour some of the best gourmet produce in the country before the adventurous women racers and their crew head back home,

See you Sunday, rain or shine, from 9 til noon at A&P Showgrounds, with one exception coming up. On ANZAC day we will be closed.

From our stallholders

New Coconut Cardamon & Sweet Potato from Homemade.Kiwi

Homemade.Kiwi is back this Sunday after a short break and have a new and exciting dehydrated soup for sale and to sample – “Coconut Cardamon & Sweet Potato”. Cardamon is the Spice of Life, tasting a little like cinnamon and has many health benefits.

Homemade.Kiwi has dried all fruits and vegetables fresh from the garden. We pride ourselves on the quality of our produce and know you will enjoy.



Pedros Empanadas

Hi! Pedro will have fresh cocktail Empanadas packet of 12 for $10 and fresh gluten free Empanadas also packet of 4 for $8. Thanks, Pedro.

FRUT4U Lowes Orchard 

Frut 4 U Lowes Orchard

On our stall this Sunday, you will find Torwick Plums – they are a round, medium sized plum with a purple skin and red, juicy flesh. Torwick are a late season, semi cling stone plum with a strong flavour.

Pears – Doyenne du Comice – a large classic gourmet pear of French origins. Comice have a green skin flushed red with white, melting juicy flesh.

Taylors Gold – a russeted cinnamon coloured skin with a juicy aromatic flavour. Taylors Gold was first found on an orchard in the Nelson region and is thought to be a mutant of Doyenne du Comice.

Apples…too many to list, lots of old-time favourites!

Visit our stall to check them all out!  See you Sunday, Andrew & Sue

SharpAs Tool Tips

There are many tools we use around the garden in making frames, compost bins etc. Some of the hand tools that are used are in the picture. Power tools are great to use, however hand tools when sharp are a good alternative , especially for the small jobs. Quick to use and to put away. For all metal tools rust is the enemy. Be sure to monitor and oil your tools to keep them in good shape.

cheers Ron

What Cooking This Week from the market

Greens and cannellini bean soup by Sigrun

This is a really nice soup either as an entrée or just by itself with Snailhouse bakery supperseeded bread.

Soak 1/2 cups of white beans overnight, rinse and drain, then add to a large pot with triple the amount of water, 1 large garlic clove, and a bay leaf. Simmer until the beans are soft and tender, about 90 minutes.

Add 1 cup of greens (Bok choy, kale or Swiss chard – from your garden or from the market, Golden Mile, Field Fresh, Spudz n Greens, Community Stall), salt (Community Stall), and pepper to the soup, return to a simmer and cover for 10 to 15 minutes. In a small saucepan heat a bit of olive oil (Isobel olives or Community Stall) over medium heat. Add a table spoon of fresh oregano (community stall) and a clove of crushed garlic (Golden Mile or Spudz n Greens). Stir for a few seconds, then add the garlic mixture to the soup and stir well. Get a blender out and give it a good mix. Garnish with a bit more oregano. I served it hot with rice, but you could dip Snail House sourdough or superseded slice also.

Cheers, Sigrun

Away this week

Just to let you know Three Cats will be missing in action this week, as will be young Devon.

mā te wā.

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