Your Weekly Guide to the Marlborough Farmers’ Market…


Here’s a quick preview to what is on offer this week at the Marlborough Farmers’ Market!

It is the first week of Autumn;, the season when leaves fall from the trees, the days get shorter and colder and everything starts turning brown.  The fruit trees and winery grape vines are bursting with flavour and the vegetable gardens are overflowing with the Autumn harvest. The market has an adundance of regional seasonal locally grown produce, so time to stock up on your shopping for the week and catchup up with the stallholders – come down and see what they have to offer!


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


If you haven’t already, don’t forget to join us on FaceBook!

What’s in season this month?


Spudz n Greens – new season buttercup pumpkins and corn

Birchgrove –  corn, gala apples, leeks, plums

Windsong Orchard   plums

Field Fresh Produce – cherry tomatoes, cucumbers

Harwoods – beans, tomatoes, cucumbers

Northridge Estate – peaches, plums, nectarines

Community Stall – spinach, pears


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Cooking Demo this Sunday – with AHISMA at 10:30am to 11:00am


Ahimsa is a cooperative to promote a healthy lifestyle with a pure plant diet. Ahimsa is catering yum pure plant food at events and doing cook workshops.

Ahimsa is ancient sanskrit language translated into : non violating, non harming. We provide plant based, whole food, recipes and information and cook workshops in the near future on how to adopt a more healthy diet with pure plant whole food.


The dish we are going to prepare at the market this week is:    ***warm cale salad with miso dressing***


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Breakfast – most important meal of the day!!!



Sunday’s menu is:

Blueberry and strawberry pancakes $8

Chorizo sausage, ( homemade ) bacon, bubble and squeak with 2 poached eggs $12

Fresh Salmon Kumera cakes with poached egg $10

Pork Belly pie, pastie and FILO parcels served with tossed mixed salad

Blueberry and white chocolate bread and butter pudding with cream $6

Roasted Strawberry shortcake and cream

We provide tables, chairs, porcelain plates knives and forks


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Pedro will be at the market on Sunday for all you empanada fans, lots of choices available for you to choose from – guaranteed to satisfy your tastebuds.

An empanada is a stuffed bread or pastry baked or fried in many countries in Latin Europe, Latin America, the Southwestern United States, and parts of Southeast Asia

The name comes from the Galician, Portuguese, and Spanish verb empanar, meaning to wrap or coat in bread. Empanadas are made by folding dough or bread with stuffing consisting of a variety of meat, cheese, huitlacoche, vegetables, fruits, and others.


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Go nuts!!!

For all you nut lovers out there, we have a great range of  nut products for you to sample at the market and also to purchase to enjoy at home.  They make healthy snacks, great in salads, stir fries, in spreads, etc.

Pinoli – pinenuts

Riverina – almonds (roasted & plain), candied nuts, almond butter, almonds (smoked & salted)

Nutt Ranch – hazelnuts (both raw & roasted), hazelnut paste, hazelnut flour, hazelnut butter, cold pressed hazelnut oil, hazelnut dukkah, selection of flavoured roasted nuts.

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Pinoli pine nuts (Mediterranean Pine Nuts grown and processed fresh right here in Marlborough)!  Did you know that pine nuts actually grow on a pine nut tree (Pinus Pinea) inside a pine cone? The pine nuts grow inside a hard shell, tucked inside a cone. We pick the cones when they are closed then dry them out to get the seeds out. The hard shells are very hard to crack-like stones. Then the factory process begins. We have imported machinery from Spain in order to process our pine nuts fresh and bring them to you to enjoy. Our pine nuts look different from the pine nuts available in most supermarkets. Ours are longer and thinner (Mediterranean shape) and have a different taste from the imported (mostly from China) tear-drop shaped pine nuts currently available in supermarkets. We are the only commercial growers of Mediterranean pine nuts in NZ.

We are at the Farmers Market on Sunday mornings from 9am-12.

To toast: place pine nuts in a dry (no oil) frying pan on top of a medium heat, move continuously by shaking the pan every 20 seconds or so. Pine nuts will toast quickly, remove from heat when golden and place on a cool plate to stop the pine nuts cooking any further.

Pine nuts taste great with couscous, lamb, stir fries, pasta, eggs, yoghurt, ice-cream, fruit salad & fruit tarts. They elevate any dish to a gourmet level! Enjoy.


Some of our favorite recipes below.  More on our website


Pinoli pine nut pesto

(Probably the most well-known recipe to use pine nuts. A classic Italian sauce that pairs well with pasta, grilled meats or baked fish)

¼ cup (75 g) Pinoli Pine nuts, toasted 2 packed cups of fresh basil leaves 2 large garlic cloves, peeled and sliced ¾ cup good quality olive oil ¼ cup parmesan cheese Salt and pepper to taste

Dry-toast the pine nuts in a pan without oil for five minutes over medium heat, watching and shaking frequently, until just lightly brown and cool to room temperature on a plate. Puree all ingredients in a food processor to form a smooth paste, or pulse for a chunkier pesto. Store in the fridge or freezer in small containers.


Blue cheese and Pinoli pine nut spread

200 g strong blue cheese 100 g low fat cream cheese (omit if the blue cheese is a creamy one) ¼ c (75 g) Pinoli pine nuts, toasted 2 small cloves garlic minced 2 teaspoons olive oil 2 teaspoons brandy

Process all ingredients in a food processor, chill for at least an hour for flavours to blend. Serve with crackers or a crudite platter, wonderful with crisp fresh apple!


Roasted Pumpkin Salad with Feta and Pine nuts

(quantities are very flexible – adjust to taste and appearance) Fresh pumpkin in 2 cm cubes A splash of olive oil A few cloves of garlic, chopped Sea salt Freshly ground black pepper Feta cheese in 1 to 2 cm cubes or roughly broken into pieces A good handful of Pinoli pine nuts lightly toasted in a dry frying pan until golden. Chopped chives


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 Information Stall – market merchandise for sale!


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Karen has a great selection of goodies for you to buy either for yourself or for an ideal gift for someone, drop by and say hello!  At the Information Stall, she has Eftpos available:  to pay for your purchases and/or get cash out.


MFM - EFTPOS AVAILABLE HERE signCelebrate Marlborough Sauvigon Blanc Cookbooks (Jan Bilton) – $20.00

Marlborough Farmers’ Market  tea-towels –  $15.00

Marlborough Farmers’ Market shopping bags – $6.00

Straw hats (S,M, L,XL, XXL) – $18.00

Marlborough flaky sea salt – $5.50

Milestones calendars (all proceeds go to Cancer Society) – $20.00

Two Short Dogs Olives – $ 7.50

Sunday Times newspapers – $3.20


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