Midweek spring rain will keep the outdoor grown produce in excellent condition for a sunny market on Sunday.

Congratulations to Isobel Olives, who have won Silver for two of their oils. Look out for more strawberries, with Golden Mile joining the fun. Cranky Goat and Fund Food have been collaborating with local flavours. Cranky Goat bring back the Lynton Noir and promise it will be better than ever. Found Food are offering a smoked tempeh with Boom spice rub.

Popular Spring vegetables are asparagus, pumpkins and shallots, living lettuce, and New Zealand Spinach.

The recipe this week is a Honey and Oat Banana Bread provided by Isobel Olives.

See you Sunday, 9 til noon, rain or shine

Silver for Isobel Olives

We are excited to announce that Isobel’s 2019 Koroneiki and 2019 Medium Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil received Silver Medals at the Olives New Zealand Awards last Saturday night. The Silver Medal Koroneiki is available for tasting at the market every Sunday.

Don’t forget to bring a clean bottle so you can fill your own Isobel Olives Extra Virgin Olive oil. This is a beautiful grove blend. If you forget your bottle, Chris has 750ml bottles available for $2.00.

Highlights from our Stallholders

Found Food

Loyal fans will recognise all these vegan tempeh flavours, found at Found Food:

  • Split pea 
  • Chickpea
  • Lentil, brown rice and sunflower seed
  • Adzuki bean, quinoa, seaweed tempeh
  • and after receiving great feedback, Matt and Tatjana are bringing some more of Smoked tempeh with Boom spice rub.

Limited stock.

Cranky Goat Cheese

Each year Cranky Goat Cheese releases a new cheese for you. This year they have decided to break tradition and bring back the very popular Lynton Noir! It’s back for the whole season and it’s better than ever!

The Lynton Noir is a beautiful white rind with a layer of Marlborough produced black garlic!


It’s Christmas cake time again! Alys’s cakes are well known in Marlborough. They are traditional fruit cakes, rich in flavour and texture. They are available in a variety of sizes from very small to very large and can be either round or square, iced or glazed. Christmas Mince Pies will also be available closer to Christmas or you can order them now.

Planning a tramp? She still has some dehydrated soup packs available while the weather is a bit cool still, but keep an eye out for some more exciting dehydrated Smoothies.

Everything here is handmade in Marlborough with love and care.

Snailhouse Bakery

Annette visited the Dunedin farmers market in the pouring rain and ice cold southerly last week! She will be pleased about a little Marlborough sunshine this Sunday.

See her for slow fermented sourdough rye and country loafs, Brezeln, superseeded loafs, and adventure loaves without wheat. Breadsticks, crackers, cinnamon snails, Babkas and popular cherry pie.



Did you know, cleaning your good kitchen knives is best done by hand in warm soapy water.

This is because knife blades go through a heat treatment process to achieve the hardness required to hold a good cutting edge.

Dishwashers can get to a high enough temperature to take that hardness out of the knife and ruins its ability to retain a sharp edge. Wooden handled knives suffer badly in dishwashers, heat also dries out and cracks the handle to the extent the handle needs replacing.

Community Stall

On the community stall this week Jill will be selling Red Hippeastrum Plants with flower stems, Orchid Plants, Flowers, Orchids spikes, Alstroemeria stems and potted plants.

Also you can find a NZ Spinach and other spray free greens here this week.

We also have several artisan products. Marlborough Garlic Noir is popular with locals and visitors. Did you know, it does not need cooking and stores at room temperature? Enjoy it as a snack, slice and add to salads or use to top a variety of dishes from pasta to steak to fish.

Brunch at the market

We love having you over for brunch, feasting from our food trucks. The Gourmet Deli, Long Acre Farm, Peter the Swiss Butcher, Pedro and Boom will be serving hot food.

A particular popular item last week at the Gourmet Deli was the blueberry and apple shortcake.

Away this week

Nut Ranch will be coming fortnightly to the market and will therefore be back Sunday 27. Saffron Marlborough and Minghettis are also away.

Recipe of the week

Healthy Honey and Oat Banana Bread

Inspired by food blogger MELANIE LIONELLO

Ingredients marked with an asterix * are available from the market.

2 very large Ripe Bananas mashed

1/3 cup of Isobel Olives Delicate Extra Virgin Olive Oil*

½ cup of honey*

½ cup rolled oats (plus extra for topping)

1 ¾ cup Wholemeal Spelt Flour

2 Koromiko Free Range eggs

¼ cup of milk (try Goats Amore. Robyn says plant based almond milk works too)

2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla essence

Pinch of Marlborough Sea Salt*


Pre-heat oven to 160°C Fan Bake

Combine honey and Isobel Olives Extra Virgin Olive Oil with a whisk. Add eggs, milk, and bananas and combine. Add all remaining ingredients. Combine well. Pour batter into baking paper lined loaf pan. Top with extra banana and oats.

Bake 1 hour or until skewer comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 15 minutes then turn out onto cooling rack.

Enjoy right away. This recipe can be sliced and frozen too.

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