In the spirit of Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week), we welcome you to the maakete (market) this Sunday.

It’s a happy place for your weekly fresh, seasonal huawhenua (vegetables) and huarākau (fruit), miti (meat), kai moana (seafood) and more.

The warmer spring weather is calling the gardeners back outside. It’s an ideal time to get fertiliser advice from Clive Baker, our local seaweed expert and chat to Leah from Mississippi Herbs about the best herbs to plant now.

Last week we welcomed Little Beauties to the market. Some of you may already have tried the beautiful specialty dried fruit treats from SunGold Kiwifruit and Boysenberries, grown in the Nelson region. These Little Beauties are free of preservatives and presented as 100% natural product or paired with chocolate, so you can enjoy the unique taste and goodness of iconic New Zealand fruits all year round.

Another newcomer is Sharp As. It is a basic requirement for chefs and growers to have sharp tools. Having recently encountered mainly blunt knives on holiday, I know how frustrating it is to prepare food with inadequate tools. Ron Floyd promises his sharpening skills to be both interesting and entertaining to watch.

Our stall holder highlights below will give you some more reasons to join us at the market this Sunday.

See you Sunday. Bring your knives, and blunt loppers, browse the stalls, catch up with friends while feasting on brunch and coffee, and entertain the tamariki (kids) with cool face painting.

Highlights from the stall holders

Feast Merchants

This week’s special:

Free Range Pork Belly Burnt Ends, Corn bread, Smoked Koromiko Free Range Eggs, Charred Broccoli Salad.

And of course The Royale Beef Sandwich and other yumminess.

Wakame Grow

Spring is here and the young man’s thoughts now turn to the Garden. Clive has collected and processed new season seaweed in anticipation for the spring planting.

Seaweed products are renewable, sustainable, biodegradable and non-toxic and non-hazardous to humans, animals or birds plus they improve the growth and health of garden plants and fruiting trees.

It’s a gift for your garden. It’s Clive’s first time back since autumn. Please make sure to say hello.

Mississippi Herbs

Planting time…Mississippi Herbs will be back at the Marlborough Farmers’ Market this Sunday with some herb plants and cut herbs. Just the hardier varieties – it’s a bit early for basil but thyme, parsley, sage and the like can be planted out now to get established for the summer. Cut herbs like chives, coriander and Italian parsley are on the menu too.

Harwood

Asparagus is in hot demand. You may need to be there early, to ensure you don’t miss out.

Pedros Empanadas

Pedro is back to the market this Sunday with fresh pasta and yummy empanadas.

Homemade Kiwi

Alys is taking orders now for Christmas cakes! It may seem early but Alys says she always begins making them in October so they can mature nicely by Christmas. “I use a wonderful old traditional fruit cake recipe (laced with brandy) and make several sizes both round and square. They can be Glazed or Iced”, she says.

Alys already has got quite a few orders for this year, so best you see her at the stall on Sunday, where she will have a price list and all the sizes.

Sharp As – NEW to the market

Professional Sharpening Service now available at the Marlborough Farmers’ Market.

Do you have Chef Knives, kitchen knives, hunting knives, secateurs, hedge trimmers, pruning saws or scissors that are frustrating to use? Bring them to the market and get them sharpened so they are a delight to use again.

Minghetti

Minghettis will come to the market with the usual range of Sourdough and the Amaranth Sourdough. Amaranth is a nutritious food that cointains easily digestible protein and iron, rich in fiber. It has a porridge-like texture with a mild nutty taste. Not adventurous? Stick to Minghetti’s best sellers, Pumpernickel and the Fruit Loaf.

Snailhouse Bakery

Feeling like apple strudel this weekend? Annette is making it from an original Austrian recipe created by an Austrian Chef. Could, cherry pie be equally tempting? Annette is also promising to bring the usual favourites.

See you Sunday, 9 til noon, rain or shine

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