Despite the cooler winter temperatures, we have had very busy markets in July. Thank you for buying local, thank you for supporting our stall holders.

Buying from the local Farmers Market has so many benefits. Did you know, on average, people who shop at farmers’ markets have 15-20 social interactions per visit compared to only 1-2 per visit to a grocery store. So you could say then, that Farmers’ Markets support healthy communities in more than one way.

You may have noticed an increasing range of products at the community stall. We are expanding our offerings of artisan products complimentary to our market stall holders. Next time you are at the market, or taking advantage of the eftpos, come and take a look.

See you Sunday, 9 til noon, rain or shine

Market Highlights from our stall holders

Feast Merchant’s handmade udon noodle dish with bacon sounds devine, inspired by Fran and Rory’s recent trip to Japan.

Minghettis

The bacon theme continues with Minghettis, who will be bringing a tasty Bacon and Herbs sourdough and a Walnut bread, as well as their usual favourite sourdoughs : Saffron, San Francisco, Multigrain, Ciabatta, Olives, and Light Rye.

Homemade Kiwi

Featuring this week: Homemade Kiwi Pickled onions. Made with a special old recipe that’s been handed down through the generations. Alys will have free tastings of these on Sunday.

Oh so popular are our dehydrated soup packs, “Curried Parsnip”, “Welsh Leek and Potato”, “Creamy Roasted Garlic & Cauliflower” and “Curried  Pumpkin and Celery”. Try the Welsh Leek and Potato Soup, for sale by the cup or as a free tastings.

New this week: Dehydrated Stir Fry Veggie Pack which includes Alys’s very special Kaffir Lime Powder.

Community stall

Home to local artisan producers to complete your shopping spree.

New to the market: Eden Orchards Cherry Juice. Sparkling juice available as well as pure cherry juice.

Eden Orchard’s 100% pure cherry juice is a delightfully refreshing drink, with no added sugars or preservatives. A daily 50ml-100ml serving may assist with sleep, gout, joint pain and inflammation, among other things.

Your spray free winter greens are here too: Nutrient dense Chickweed (read on for a recipe) NZ Spinach, crisp and juicy Miners’ lettuce, colourful Swiss Chard, and. All great for winter stews, salads and smoothies.

Green Tonic Soup Recipe

Winter is a time when our bodies need extra boosts of antioxidants.

Vividly green in colour, this super green tonic packs a whopping punch of antioxidants in one delicate, lusciously smooth soup.

The chickweed gives the soup an extra vibrant green colour, and is rich in vitamins, B complex (including B12), C (150-350 mg per 100gms), D and minerals including iron, copper, calcium, sodium, manganese, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium and silica Herb Federation New Zealand.

Ingredients

3 cups of green veggies (Spudz n Greens, Stephens, Community Stall)

2 big handfuls of chickweed  or parsley (Community Stall)

1 clove Marlborough Black Garlic (Community Stall)

½ tsp Marlborough Sea Salt (Community Stall)

¼ lemon or lime (Lime Grove)

½ avocado to make it creamy (optional)

pepper to taste.

Method

Chop the greens and steam for 10 minutes in a little water. Meanwhile, blend the chickweed, salt, garlic with the citrus (rind and pits ok), topped with water. Blitz until all ingredients are combined. Blend the steamed veggies with their water in a blender or with a stick blender. You may need to add a little more water. Combine the two blends. Adjust seasoning, add more water if necessary. Enjoy.

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