Your Weekly Guide to the Marlborough Farmers’ Market…

At the market on Sunday we have Katrina the Storyteller back again to entertain your kids between 10:00am-10:30am, guaranteed fun for kids of all ages.   PLUS we have a visiting Chinese film crew to film what we do at the market, the range of stalls we have etc.  So pop on down we would love to see you!

See you this Sunday from 9am – 12pm at the Marlborough Farmers’ Market!

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“Lights, camera, action…” – Chinese film crew in town

A Chinese film crew from CCTV are touring around the country and will be visiting the market this Sunday  to shoot footage as part of a promotional tv programme called “Glamorous New Zealand” to be aired on Chinese tv.   Having the crew here would ‘absolutely’ help bring Chinese tourists to New Zealand and Marlborough.  China is a key international market for New Zealand and the resulting coverage will raise our  region’s profile and New Zealand as a great destination to many more potential visitors.

MFM - Chinese film crew

 

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Community Stall – SPINACH

Fresh New Zealand spinach now available at the market, drop by Sigrun’s stall and say hello!!!.

The New Zealand spinach (Tetragonia tetragonioides) or tetragon is a native to the coastal parts of New Zealand. Today it is cultivated in many regions of the world including Australia, Chile, Japan and Argentina.

The Maori were the first to discover the New Zealand spinach; they referred to it as kokihi or rengamtu. Many coastal parts of New Zealand were home to this creeping plant prior to the colonial period. It was in the late 1700s, when this plant captured the attention of Captain Cook. Cook instantaneously recognized it to be a nutritious vegetable and gathered it for his crew members. Its tender stems and leaves can be prepared in the same way as that of spinach. Serve it steamed, sautéed or slightly braised, raw mixed with other salad greens or in smoothies.

MFM - spinach

 

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Spudz n Greens

Get your fresh grown corn, parsnips and butternut squash this Sunday as part of your weekly produce shopping.  Did you know that parships have some great health benefits? you will be surprised!

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RECIPE for the WEEK

Sweet Corn and Parsnip Chowder | Ingredients for 6-8 portions

2 ½ Tbs. of butter 1 cup of diced onion 1 celery stalk chopped 5 garlic cloves smashed 3 sprigs of fresh parsley 1 bay leaf 3 cups (1 pound) of sweet yellow corn kernel (5 to 6 ears) ½ pound of parsnips, peeled and coarsely chopped Coarse sea salt Freshly ground white pepper 6-7 cups of milk In a soup pan let the butter melt over medium heat. Sauté the onion, celery, garlic, parsley and bay leaf until the onions are soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in the corn, parsnip and salt and pepper to taste. Sauté until the parsnips are tender, 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in the milk and bring the mixture to a simmer. Simmer for 30 minutes. Let it cool down. Process in a blender and strain it. Since the corn has a lot of fibre, the straining can take a while, but it’s worth it. Heat it and serve hot.

MFM - Recipe for the week

 

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Sommerville Orchards –  quench your thirst!

Sommerville have a great range of fruit syrups to purchase at the market. You are spoilt for choice, as you can choose from four great fruity flavours: Lime, Lemon, Strawberry and lemon & Lime – nothing like a nice cool fruit drink to chill with this summer.

MFM - Sommerville Orchard Fruit-Syrups

 

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Field Fresh Produce

New stallholders Vic and Joy have some great produce for you to select from: very popular are their cherry tomatoes which did very well at last week’s market, they also have cucumbers available which are also great in salads.

MFM - Field Fresh Produce - tomatos and cucumbers

 

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Birchgrove

Come and get your Royal Gala apples, deliciously crunchy and soooo good for you.  Great to pack in your kids lunchboxes, in your picnic hamper, an ideal snack on the run or for in-between games on the playing field.  Birchgrove also have corn, so add that to your shopping list this week.

MFM - Birchgrove apples

 

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Feast Merchants

Drop by their stall as they have great seasonal fruit options for a treat or dessert, fresh and handmade they have a variety of sorbets and ice creams for sale.

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