Market News #38, 2020

Helloooo Level 1 and Daylight savings, all in one, so put your clocks forward before sprinting to the market.

The QR scanner code for the NZ Covid Tracer App will still be up, but we are reverting back to two entrances. We will do our best to stay outside, keeping an eye on the weather forecast, but if it is really wet, we might find ourselves inside the sheep pavilion. We’re hoping to run the traffic in through Alabama Road and out through Maxwell Road, but this will depend on the ground conditions.

Dialling in some sunshine, stop by Traditional Country Preserves for a very special bee demonstration. Eleven year old Alice is a keen beekeeper and has been invited by Traditional Country Preserves to bring her display box featuring a frame of bees. Inside it you will be able to see how honey comb is made by bees doing their thing. She will also bring photos of bees doing interesting things and you will be able to sample honey to explore the flavours through the seasons.

Alice has her own hives, and was awarded Gold for her recent school science project at Tua Marina school. With her dad being the president of the local hobby beekeepers, Alice keenly accompanies him along to all the meetings.

Kids can pick up a colouring in sheet for our Bee Aware Colouring In Competition from Alice too or from the Community Stall. You can also download copies here.

Drop your completed artwork back to the Community stall the following Sunday (October 4) to be in to win.

Scroll below for some eggcellent specials and tips.

See you Sunday, rain or shine, from 9 til noon at A&P Showgrounds.

From our stall holders:

Look out for Devon and his cordials, and welcome Jasmin and Nicolai, the new owners of Hedgerows.

Wakame Grow

Spring has been warm so far and your garden will be starting to come alive. The days are getting longer, the soil is warming up and it’s the perfect time for supporting your plants with wakame grow, a natural fertiliser to give them the best start to the season.

Isobel Olives

We have a limited amount of bulk oil from 2018 season left which has now passed the best buy date and certification, but which is still an excellent oil for cooking.

All of our oils are kept in stainless steel tanks, have been decanted at least twice and covered with a layer of argon gas to protect from oxidation.

Fill your own special

This medium intense oil is a grove blend available as “fill your own” on special at $26/litre (down from $30/L) or bottled, or 2 x 250ml for $30 or 2 x 500ml for $40. Clean wine bottles are available for $2 and filled for $20.

But hurry, there is a limited amount left.

If you seek oil for dipping, marinades, salad dressings, pasta, steamed or roasted vegetables and soups, then choose from one of three oils:

  • Koroneiki – a single variety Greek olive (regarded as the queen of olives), a 2019 certified mild herbaceous oil, or
  • Robust 2020 – a certified intense oil high in polyphenols (the antioxidants offering wide health benefits) or
  • 2019 Medium oil for most uses.

These oils have silver medals and are available in 250ml and 500ml bottles and will make excellent gifts. At level 1 I can now offer tastings so you can choose to your liking.
Chris Piper

Here is a salad dressing for your summer salads:

6 Tbsp robust EVOO – extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp white balsamic vinegar or lemon juice
1tsp roasted sesame oil
1tsp Dijon mustard (maile brand smooth mustard will help emulsify the mixture)
1tsp honey
1 clove garlic crushed (optional)

Shake in a jar and refrigerate

Koromiko Free Range Eggs

We are running a few specials this week:

Pullet trays two for $8 and breakfast trays two for $15.

Be quick before they run out.

SharpAs Tool Tips

There are many tools in the kitchen that benefit from sharpening, mandoline food slicer blades, food processors, knives, even potato peelers.

On a bigger scale, blades like above used in the butcher industry for slicing and dicing.

If it’s got an edge that needs sharpening contact me at SharpAs.

cheers Ron

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