Your Guide to the Marlborough Farmers’ Market…

It is the Winter Solstice. Did you know that in terms of daylight this day is 5 hours shorter than on December Solstice? So we can take heart that it will get brighter again from Sunday.

Matariki – the Maori name for the star cluster known as The Pleiades which has just become visible in our hemisphere – and commonly known as the Maori New Year is also in full swing. Will you be heading to any of the celebrations?

Do the winter temperatures and long nights influence what you are cooking? The market has all you need for hearty winter meals. One-pot stews make for easy, non-fuss dinners, along with slow cooked desserts to warm you and your family from the inside. We have a couple of recipe inspirations for you below.

Come along and browse the selection of stalls for your weekly meals and snacks. Have a bite to eat with a warming hot beverage, tapping to the busking tunes while you catch up with friends and family.

See you Sunday, 9 til noon, rain or shine

Market Highlights from our stall holders


Green Kiwifruit in season now… just picked!

Kiwifruit are nutritious and have a distinctive sweet and sour taste. They are renowned for their digestive benefits. Allow a few days to ripen (put in a bowl with an apple)

Only $2.50 per kg.

SPECIAL           SPECIAL           SPECIAL

Pacific Beauty Apples only $1.50 per kg


Marco has been inventive in the kitchen again after a stellar day at the market last week.

He’s bringing back the beetroot bread, pumpernickel and Spirulina, adding walnut bread and oat porridge pecan and maple syrup, of course all from sourdough. He’ll also have ginger and lemon sweet breads and perhaps a variation of it, coffee and chocolate chip, inspired by the many lemon trees and cafes in our region.

Pedros Empanadas

Pedro will have fresh gluten free pasta and large Empanadas at special price $3 each.

Homemade Kiwi

The Fruit & Veggie powders are proving very popular

Orange Peel Powder has so many uses. Just one teaspoon dissolved in a glass of warm water a day can help lower blood pressure, Alys says. Same dose can also help supress depression and anxiety. “Can also help with bad cholesterol and weight loss. Can be sprinkled over breakfast cereal or fruit”. Also available in capsules.

Alys advises Veggie Powder Capsules taken once a day can help to get your Mojo back. “Mojo is a fun word to describe vibrant health and relates to wellbeing, happiness and vibrance, effectively feeling comfortable in your own skin”. Each capsule contains Spinach, Kale, Carrots, Broccoli, Cauliflower and Orange Peel Powder (and no preservatives).

Long Acre Farm

That’s too much bacon said no one ever, right or wrong?

Long Acre Farm can help you out with the free range, hormone free pork variety, and if you would like to make the recipe below, they will be able to help you out.

Winter Warming Recipes

Chipotle pork, potato and capsicum tray bake

This Chipotle pork, potato and capsicum tray bake is perfect as a quick and easy midweek dinner, just meal prep and freeze on the weekend. Courtesy of

Pork cutlets, chorizo, garlic, onions, lines, honey, potatoes, capsicum and oregano sprigs are all available from the market.

Baked apples

Another easy recipe, quick to make, and very tasty without leaving you heavy.

4 braeburn apples, ½ tsp cinnamon, ½ tsp crushed cardamom seed, chopped nuts and raisins, 1tbsp butter, 30ml water

  1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees C.
  2. Scoop out the core from top of the apple, leaving a well. Stuff each apple with butter, nuts and raisins. Place in a shallow baking dish and sprinkle with cinnamon and crushed cardamom seed. Add the water to the tray. Shortcut: add the apples whole, sprinkle with the spices and water.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 30 – 45  minutes, until the apples are tender.
  4. Cool a little and serve au naturel, with a dollop of custard, yoghurt or ice cream.

Do you have a recipe using market ingredients? Email it to us so we can share it.

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