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!
Think eating locally needs to stop once winter comes? Not so! We often bemoan the lack of fresh produce at this time of year, but the truth is that despite the grey days and colder temperatures, winter boasts plenty of seasonal delights. By going to the Farmers’ Market, you’ll access some of the area’s freshest produce, finest foods and homemade treats. You’ll also get the lowdown from the passionate people behind these gastronomic joys. Meet the grower, producer or maker and talk with them about their products. See touch, smell and taste the goods, then buy knowing that they are fresh from the source. Enjoy this Queen’s Birthday Weekend and drop by the market on Sunday, we welcome back Katrina the Storyteller to entertain the kids and our busker this week is young violinist Kirk Simcic.
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!
Stallholders for our Winter Market ( from 12 June till end of September)
PRESERVES & CONDIMENTS – Garden bees, Traditional Country Preserves, Lusatori (from August onwards)
BREAKFAST OPTIONS / DRINKS – Pedro Empanadas, Thommys, Feast Merchants, Koffee, Ritual, Banjo Brews
SEAFOOD – Ngamahau Fishing
PLANTS, FLOWERS, SEEDLINGS – Purple patch, Marlborough Nursery
NUT PRODUCTS – Riverina, Nutt Ranch
BREAD/BAKERY ITEMS – Mississippi Herbs (first sunday each month)
EGGS – Koromiko Free range eggs
FRUIT & VEGETABLES – Spuds n Greens, Harwoods, Limrose Grove (till August)
CHEESE – Kaikoura Cheese
Feast Merchants – hot food for winter
It’s goodbye cold desserts and hello hot savoury menu options for Feast Merchants over the next few months as part of the winter indoor market. Top of the list is their famous ‘Royale Beef Sandwich’- if you haven’t tried one yet, make sure you drop by their stall to see what all the fuss is about!!! The Royale Beef Sandwich is deliciously tasty and is the perfect comfort food to enjoy while strolling round the market, it’s even been nicknamed ‘heaven in a sandwich’, so get in quick, avoid the queues!
5 Tips for Shopping the Winter Farmers’ Market
here are some ideas to make the most of your experience.
1. Let Go of the List
No, it’s not your typical summer market full of fresh abundance. That’s part of the fun and, admittedly, challenge of eating seasonally: working with what you have. Let go of your shopping list and instead draw meal-planning inspiration from what you see at market. Perhaps you’ll be drawn to a unique winter squash in a color and shape you’ve never seen before or splurge on some persimmons.
2. Ask Questions
Back to that unique squash: Be prepared to see some more unusual items at winter markets. Don’t shy away if something looks different; rather ask the farmer, producer or grower questions. The stallholders are happy to share recipes and cooking tips.
3. Start Winter Shopping
Winter farmers’ markets can be a shopper’s dream for unique gift items of the most practical, appreciated kind: food! From colorful pickled vegetables to jams and honey, hand-crafted foods offer a good way to start your winter shopping. Think about collecting a variety of items from different vendors to create food gift baskets with a multitude of locally made treats.
4. Shop Slow
Perhaps inspired by the dormancy of winter or that fact that we crave some foodie market company, folks seem to linger more at winter markets. We don’t have as rushed a schedule as in the summer and probably don’t have a long agenda of other activities for the rest of the day, so we can take our time and explore and chat a bit. Embrace the slowness and relax and linger to connect.
5. Give Thanks
Take a moment to give thanks to those farmer heroes who raise and craft the market’s bounty. As we enter the winter season, take any market opportunity to not just buy something from a farmer (although please do that, too), but to connect and thank those in your area supporting local and community agriculture and enter the new season on a good note!
Trillian Variety Bash 2016 – documentary on TV
We received an an email from the organisers of this year’s Variety Bash, thanking everyone for all the help in making it a success. Without the input from all over the country events of this will not take place . The annual charity roadtrip took place between March 11th-18th and they stopped by the Marlborough Farmers’ Market on the Sunday 13th of March.
The Variety Trillian Bash is a convoy of pre-1976 cars, fire engines and other vehicles which travels hundreds of kilometers… during one week in March each year fundraising for Kiwi kids, distributing grants, entertaining children and telling the Variety story.
Tomato, chickpea and noodle soup – recipe of the week
We are spoilt for choice at the farmers’ market, with such a variety of autumn/winter produce to purchase over the cooler months eg. Pumpkins, potatoes, onions, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, tomatoes, etc. They have so many uses and can be cooked in so many ways, such as stews, soaps, casseroles, pies, pasta bakes, roast dinners, winter salads, stirfries….so time to get out your slow cooker, crockpot, turn on the oven and cook you and your family a dish to warm your tastebuds.
Make plenty of this hearty tomato soup with Moroccan flavours for lunches during the week. The flavours continue to improve on standing and it will keep well in the fridge for four days., they have so many uses and can be cooked in so many ways:
|2 Tbsp||Olive oil|
|4 cloves||Garlic, crushed|
|1 tsp||Mixed spice|
|2||Carrots, peeled and chopped|
|2 stalks||Celery, chopped|
|1 can||Chopped tomatoes, approx. 400g|
|4 cups||Vegetable stock|
|1 can||Chickpeas, approx. 400g, rinsed and drained|
|1 cup||Spaghetti, broken|
|¼ cup||Fresh coriander, to garnish|
- Cook onion in oil over a low heat for 10 minutes or until soft but not coloured. Add garlic, spices, carrot and celery and cook for 5 minutes more, stirring regularly.
- Add tomatoes, stock and chickpeas. Bring to the boil, then simmer gently for 20 minutes.
- Add pasta and simmer for 10 minutes. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. Serve in bowls and top with coriander.