Our first outdoor market was a stunning success. We had a big turnout with our regulars but also lots of out of town visitors, thanks to the many events our region hosted over the weekend.

We are looking forward to more market goodness this Sunday.

October is an exciting month. Not only for the cheese lovers, who can pick up real bargains as Cranky Goat celebrate New Zealand cheese month, but also for the seasonal delights. Strawberries are going fast, as is asparagus, and Verve’s stunning tulip bouquets.

Sadly, Feast Merchants will be away, but read on for the Gourmet Deli menu.

We are looking forward to cooking tips at the fortnightly cooking demos. If you know of a professional chef, talented home chef or foodies who would like to give it a go, give them a nudge to contact us.

The recipe this week is saffron tea provided by Saffron Marlborough.

Come early

Walking through the market last Sunday, many stalls had only crumbs left on their table by 11.30am. If you fancy a Mabel’s Pork Pies, drop by Marsley’s stall early so you’re not disappointed by missing out. Marsley can hold them in her chilly bin for you while you shop.

Lolas French Bakery

The ever popular French bakery will spoil on Sunday as Morgaine is bringing back both the “Bichon” (turnover stuffed with caramelized custard) and the “Kouign Amann” (sweet caramelized bun from Britany). So come to enjoy those delicious genuine French sweet treats.

Pedros Empanadas

Pedro will have fresh gluten free pasta this Sunday.

Cranky Goats

NZ Cheese Month is in full swing and Cranky Goat has even more specials for you all to enjoy! This week The Lynton, Pelorus Pearl and The Nanny are on special for $7 each reduced from $12.

Helen’s Garden Plants

Will be back at the market again this Sunday with her usual selection of vegie and flowering plants.


Minghettis is coming to the market with their popular range of Sourdoughs. Last week’s new new products Pumpkin Seed Bar and Dark Rye & Quinoa Sourdough Bread will be back.

Traditional Country Preserves

Special treats are duck eggs and the sales table.

Saffron Marlborough

Did you know Saffron adds fantastic flavour and a vibrant yellow colour to rice? Did you know that you can drink saffron tea or saffron and cardamom coffee? It’s also good for baking and saffron bread (made by Minghettis). Sip on saffron and honey milk to help soothe and relax.

Saffron is available from Jen. She is located between Pedros and Rituals.

Scroll down for the saffron tea recipe.


Available this week, “ Dehydrated Stir Fry Packs” made with a variety of freshly dried vegetables. Simply rehydrate in hot water, drain and add to your stir fry pan with other ingredients such as chicken, beef, noodles, rice etc.

If you haven’t tried Alys’s dried Mandarins yet, then now’s the time. They are sweet and crunchy and preservative free. Alys dries them with the skin on as there is as much, if not more, goodness in the skin as there is in the fruit.

Also popular, health food bars “Vegan Hemp Protein bars” and “Crunchy Seed Honey Bars” both gluten and sugar free.



One of the most hardworking tools in the kitchen is the Food processor / blender.

The blades in these machines are subject to a lot of hard work and the edges of the blades can become very dull and blunt.

Sharpening these blades gets the machine back to like-new performance, giving a better cutting action and taking the stress off the food processor.

Remember if it’s got an edge to sharpen bring it along to the SharpAs site at the Market.

Remember to transport responsibly!

Brunch at the market

Gourmet Deli

Back with all the favourites for a relaxed brunch.

Breakfast / brunch Menu

Smashed avocado, crumbled feta, grilled bacon and two poached eggs $12

Steamed chicken coriander dumplings served on brown fried rice with chilli sauce $10

Extremely popular last Sunday 

Vegan stuffed purple Kumara $8

Blueberry and apple shortcake with cream $8

Recipe of the week

Saffron Tea is a mood lifting, refreshing herbal beverage full of anti-depressants. All you need is hot water, saffron threads, sugar and a few spices to make a cup of saffron tea.

According to Neha, Blogger & recipe expert behind WhiskAffair, the health benefits of this tea are uncountable. Saffron is the “sunshine” spice, Neha says. For the recipe please head to WhiskAffair.

See you Sunday, 9 til noon, rain or shine

PS: If you haven’t already, don’t forget to join us on FaceBook.

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