Thanks to all the dads and their families who joined us for a brilliant market last Sunday.
We are soooo excited, because this weekend we are joined by Hedgerows Hydroponic Strawberries and Verve Flowers. A sure sign that summer is around the corner. Mississippi Herbs, Devon and Keep N it Fresh are among the 34 stalls on site on Sunday.
September is also Bee Aware Month. We have much to thank our little buzzy bees. They have a critical role to play to keep us fed. New Zealand honey is 2nd to none, and similar to wine, the flavour varies from region to region, and from “vintage” to “vintage”. Our bees keep our crops and forests going, while producing delicious honey. When the bees are doing well, nature is doing well. Without them most of our crops would not get pollinated.
If you are looking for a unique taste of honey, explore your options at the Marlborough Farmers’ market. Talk to our honey stalls about their honey and check out the New Zealand Honey Story. By the way, did you know we have three stalls producing and selling honey?
For the kids we have a #beeaheroNZ colouring in competition. For details and to pick up your bee colouring in sheet come and see us at the community stall.
Below we feature stall holder Golden Mile Produce. Steve and Sally grow a wide range of veggies and greens that are great for bees too.
See you Sunday, rain or shine, from 9 til noon at A&P Showgrounds.
Stall of the Week – Golden Mile Produce
An interview with Stephen Harnett
Q: How long have you been down at the Marlborough Farmers’ Market (MFM)?
A: Over 12 years
Q: What products does Golden Mile Produce offer?
A: Seasonal fresh local delicious produce, including strawberries, Asian greens, living lettuces, eggplants, chillies, spaghetti squash, orange squash, pumpkins, kamokamo, courgettes, cucumbers, spinach, herbs, walnuts, garlic, shallots, onions, capsicums, watermelons & rockmelons (to name a few!). Garlic sauce and pickled onions were our original products at the MFM
Q: What do you love most about working at the Marlborough Farmers’ Market?
A: Connecting with our customers. Being able to share great produce with great people and helping them understand how to get the best out of our products, from growing tips to storage advise and even the odd recipe. Also encouraging others to become part of the MFM as new stallholders. If you have a great Farmers’ Market product, share it, we’re all here to help and encourage you.
Q: What made you decide to choose this lifestyle?
A: Being able to produce fresh, local, delicious products (it’s hard work 24/7) but the reward is customers being excited about fresh produce and appreciating our commitment. Also the opportunity for Sally and I to work together, it’s awesome!
Q: What is the strangest job you’ve had?
A: Retrieving wayward parachute jumpers off the onion packhouse roof in Mercer! We were next to the Mercer Jump School (parachutes) and more than once we would get calls that some had got off course and had landed on our packhouse roof!
Q: What are you passionate about?
A: Growing the best produce, wine, cheese & pickled onions, promoting the region I live in and Sally (but definitely not in that order!)
Q: Do you have any hobbies, or are you involved in any local groups?
A: I’m part of Allium NZ committee / Horticulture NZ. Now part of the MFM committee. I undertook a cheese making course about 15 years ago an enjoyed that and I’ve always thought I’d like to read a book one day! Love gardening.
It’s all about crisp, crunchy greens this week
With our temperatures exceeding 20°C this week and the days getting longer, it’s time to start putting some crispy fresh crunch back into your day with delicious lettuces.
Freshen up your dining
Nothing heralds the onset of summer like the opportunity to freshen up our dining with gorgeous salads. But keep it simple…a Caesar salad with our cos, Isobel Olive oil, Koromiko free range eggs, Le Posh French bread, Marlborough sea salt from the community stall, a splash or Worcestershire sauce, a squeeze of Darren’s lime juice, don’t forget cheese from one of our amazing cheese producers, a couple of cloves of garlic and a few anchovies (but we prefer a few strips of crispy Long Acre Farm bacon crumbled through!).
Or how about Shanghai Pak Choi with garlic, toasted sesame seed and a good splash of oyster sauce? Handy hint…try cutting Pak choi into quarters then charring and wilting a little in your sandwich press, too easy!
If you have been lucky enough to try some of Fran, our BOOM man’s dynamite kimchi, he uses our wonderful Wong Bok, which also works well fresh in a coleslaw! How about Meatless Monday, brilliant idea, so I’ve twisted Stephen’s arm to special the Wong Bok again this Sunday for $2 each so you can give Meatless Monday a go!
See you Sunday at Golden Mile Produce. Stephen and Sally
Here’s a reminder of how we are operating at Level 2
- We’re outdoors and have spaced out the stalls.
- There is hand sanitiser at each stall.
- There is one entrance way into the Market Arena, adjacent the Maxwell Road park entrance.
- We are contract tracing. One queue for manual tracing and one for the app.
- Vehicle traffic flow is one way: Enter via Alabama Road and Exit via Maxwell Road out past the toilet and administration block.
- Tables will be out but limited to one party per table.
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See you Sunday!