If you want to buy some top quality organic feijoas on Sunday morning swing by Windsong and don’t miss their Country Calendar episode on Sunday. Check out the Cooking Demonstration – inspired by our seasonal produce Annette’s talking about health and fermentation. There’s some nice new additions to produce and brunches this week – ornamental kale and winter warming barley soup. We look forward to seeing you soon.
See you this Sunday from nine til noon at the Marlborough Farmers’ Market!
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Don’t miss Country Calendar this Sunday 6 May at 7pm on TV1 – it’s Bob & Jennie Crum at Windsong Orchard and their plum pickings!
Episode 9 – The Plum Life
Bob and Jennie Crum are orchardists on a mission – to elevate the humble plum to the top of the fruit tree.
They started growing plums on their small property in Renwick near Blenheim 20 years ago, aiming to grow the tastiest and best organic ones for the local market.
“We grow more than 20 varieties,” Jennie Crum says. “One of our favourites is the Luisa which I describe as the plum for people who don’t like plums. It looks like a mango and it’s sweet and luscious.”
When Bob Crum met Jennie in 1981, he had no idea about growing anything.
“Coming from a small town called Los Angeles there were not many farms around,” Bob says. “I just became fascinated with horticulture and the novelty’s never worn off. There are so many varieties of plums, so much colour. I’m still experimenting with new varieties.”
Their favourite variety is their beloved Luisa.
“We can feel the ripeness coming through when we pick them,” Jennie says. “They’re like velvet. You hardly ever see them in the shop because they bruise so easily, so it’s an ideal fruit for a small grower to specialise in.”
The couple sell most of their plums at the farmers markets in Nelson and their local one in Blenheim, which they helped start.
For Jennie, the markets are the best opportunity to get people to taste their crop.
“They’re not aware they’re going to taste the best plums ever! I love watching their faces when they try them and go ‘Wow.’”
Bob loves farmers markets as they help small growers like them stay in business.
“If it wasn’t for farmers markets, small growers like us wouldn’t be able to survive,” Bob says. “It’s also important that people know where their food is coming from. We have lots of regulars and tourists who want to taste the local food.”
They say eating local is also better for the environment because it keeps food miles down.
“We hope that more people will do a bit more growing for their local communities instead of importing stuff from all over the world.”
Traditional Country Preserves is starting to sell Mississippi Muffins – so you can still enjoy your favourite muffin’s from Leah’s Mississippi Herbs’ recipe every Sunday. Check out Margaret’s specials table too while you’re there.
Beautiful ornamental kale has just come into season at Purple Patch – treat yourself to a just-picked bouquet.
Check out Peter the Swiss Butcher’s winter warmers – Swiss barley soup and Hot Dogs. Grab a back of his European sausages or cured meats while you’re there.
Feeling peckish? Here’s the ever-so tempting Gourmet-deli breakfast menu this Sunday…
Fresh salmon omelettes and grilled tomato $12
Sausage, bacon, poached eggs, and sauté potatoes breakfast $12
Steaming hot porridge with poached apples, figs, honey and cream yumo! $8
Fresh roasted fig shortcake and cream $6
You can also look forward to …
Pumpkin, feta and spinach pie – Bacon egg quiche tart – Smoked fish pies – Spinach and feta quiche – Tomato, bacon and sausage pie – and Chickpea frittata
Cooking Demonstration – Baker Annette Michna-Konigstorfer
Join us at the mobile kitchen (next to the Busker Gazebo) from 10.30 to 11.00am for our weekly Cooking Demonstration.