Your Weekly Guide to the Marlborough Farmers’ Market…

Hello autumn. It’s the season for pip fruit, stone fruit, a late flush of blueberries and figs! We have them all for you at the market. Juicy. Tree-ripened. Unbruised. handled with care.

It’s time for the grape harvest also. Town is busy with tourists and an influx of harvest helpers. We look forward to welcoming them to the market this Sunday. This weekend you can leave your rain umbrellas safely at home. We will be back on the grass enjoying the usual Marlborough sunshine.

Autumn is generally a very settled time of the year, great for a garden party. We’ve included some ideas for you in this edition.

See you Sunday, 9 til noon, rain or shine

From our Producers

Frut4U

We will have the last few nectarines for the season…

We are also starting peacharines (we’ll actually have a few of these this weekend). They are Sue’s favourite.

Riverina

The hot summer is ripening the figs at Riverina early. There will be some at the market for you this Sunday.

With an age-old reputation as a sustaining and nourishing food, figs are friendly to the digestive system in either fresh or dried form.

According to Incredible Edibles, this is because they contain an enzyme called ficin that helps the digestive process by soothing your gut. They are also mildly laxative. Dried figs are a rich source of fibre, iron, potassium and calcium, making them a useful food for people with high blood pressure.

Weight for weight, a fig contains more fibre than most other fruit or vegetables, so they’re great for your bowels and your cholesterol levels. They’re also high in polyphenol antioxidants, which can make them a valuable food for cancer prevention. The instant energy they provide and their ability to prevent cramps make them ideal for athletes, too.

Windsong Orchard

You can taste the summer maturing at Windsong Orchards stall. Plums include the huge Freedom, red-fleshed Elephant Heart and Omega and prunes. They will have plenty of blueberries as well, as their late variety is flushing. All certified organic. 

Heavent’s cent

Heaven’s Scent

Heaven’s Scent will be back at the Market this Sunday with Spray Free Akane, a firm white flesh juicy medium sized apple with the refreshing flavour of the old Jonathan apple. The Akane was developed in Japan in the 1930’s.  It is good as both an eating and drying apple.  You will be welcome taste before you purchase.

Snail House Bakery

Annette is back with sourdough bread, the white and super seed loaves, adventure bread (wheat free), crackers, Linzer Tart, and Windsong Orchard organic plum cake, perhaps some organic blueberry muffins as well and one or two other recipes.

A smorgasbord of snack ideas for your next garden party this autumn

#1 flowers for the day

The most epic garden parties show off with an abundance of flowers and greenery. Think gerberas, sunflowers, or statice for your botanical banquet. Alternatively, add bouquets of herbs, such as parsley, mint, or lemon balm for greenery.

Pick up affordable flowers from the market.

#2 a smorgasbord of snacks

When it comes to laying out a spread, the Marlborough Farmers Market has you sorted. Create your own epic charcuterie platter by starting with some prosciutto and other cured meats. Balance the flavours with some tree ripened fruit, olives and some preserves, add some cheese and you’re good to go.

Pack the picnic basket with cured meats from Peter the Swiss Butcher and Nyama, French pates from Craft, a selection of cheeses from Cranky Goat, Kaikoura Cheese, Little River or Thorvald.

For preserves check out Three Cats (they are back this week), the community stall and Traditional Country preserves. We have plenty of tree ripened fruit (peacharines, plums, blueberries, raspberries, melons and blackberries to name a few), and of course you might need a few nuts to sprinkle in the gaps of your platter. Riverina, the Nut Ranch and Pinoli can help you out with those.

For dessert add a few French pastries from Lolas French Bakery (they are back this week). Or perhaps add a dollop of artisan honey from Garden Bees and River Gold Honey to a freshly baked bread from Snail House Bakery’s or to a Goats Amore ice cream?

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