Labour weekend is fast approaching. The weather is looking good for outdoor activities and for entertaining.

Traditionally this weekend brings plenty of visitors to our region. If you have friends and family visiting, we would be delighted for you to bring them to the market. If, on the other hand, you are heading away, please travel safely.

Uncover the BBQ, and bring on the juicy strawberries, the peonies, asparagus wrapped in prosciutto, and sizzle a few sausages, pork chops and a bit of tempeh, all available from the market. And because it is still NZ Cheese month, make sure you go out of your way to buy locally made specialty cheeses this month, especially those made by artisan producers who hand craft every delicious cheese they sell, like Cranky Goat and ViaVio.

For refreshing non-alcoholic drinks , we recommend Drop the Beet cold pressed juice, Devon’s cordials and Eden Orchards sparkling cherry juice.

The popular T-birds will be entertaining. Steve and Dave will be playing a range of favourites from the 60s to modern day, So please soak up the atmosphere while browsing, shopping and dining with us.

Congratulations to the winners from our Bee Aware Month Colouring In competition. The winners have been drawn. Please take a look at the colourful entries.

All entrants receive a popular Farmers’ Market sticker and the six winners also two Koanga Garden’s NZ Heritage packets of seeds.

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

More News from our stall holders

Gourmet-Deli’s labour weekend specials

Gourmet Deli has been represented at the market for 12 years. All product is locally sourced where possible.

Try our breakfast/brunch cooked to order.
Cream cheese roasted strawberries French  toast rolls drizzled with our own honey, 2 for $6
Due to popular demand our coffee walnut cake returns bigger than life itself, $5 a slice
Mothers old fashioned fresh strawberry sponge cake glazed with quince jelly
Also comes in apricot halves and cream. $5 each portion.

The Purple Patch

Colin and I will be back at the market from Sunday.

At first, we will have mainly alstromeria and walnuts but the sunnies and callas are growing well.

Cheers, Judy and Colin Gray

Garden Bees

Photo Credit: Richard Briggs

Kevin brings you a labour weekend specials in 1 kg honey pots. Meadow. Multi (urban honey) and Bush. $15.00. Excludes Lavender.

Thanks, Kevin

Golden Mile Produce

Golden Mile Produce will be at the market this Sunday with all our usual goodies, pickled onions, garlic sauces, fresh greens, onions, shallots and of course the strawberries! 

They are BIG, red, juicy and full of flavour, so we look forward to seeing everyone and bringing a punnet of pure delight to your long weekend! 

Stephen & Sal

Isobel Olives

Photo Credit: Richard Briggs

With the onset of summer, we can look forward to salads and BBQs. This is now a good time to have extra virgin olive oil on hand and for special Christmas gifts.

Please come and taste my 3 oils of different intensities – mild (koroneiki), medium and intense (robust).

I recommend using a robust oil for making salad dressings that have strong flavours such as vinegar and mustard and for meat marinades – the oil will keep the meat moist and retain flavours while cooking. All three oils are certified with Olives NZ and all have been awarded silver medals.

Marinade recipe

1/4C lemon juice
1 tsp Boom chilli hot sauce
4 strips of lemon zest
3 cloves garlic crushed
1/4C chopped parsley
1/4C fresh basil, coriander, oregano or a mixture
1/2C Isobel Olives robust olive oil

Regards, Chris

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