Farm fresh in the fresh air…
Hello July. There’s a nip in the air and school holidays are approaching fast. This week we have a nifty idea for wrapping those school lunches and we celebrate the end of Autumn with Marlborough Farmers’ Market: The Movie! Keep warm people and don’t forget to visit us every Sunday morning because we have the freshest farm produce in town!
See you this Sunday from nine til noon at the Marlborough Farmers’ Market!
Highlights this Sunday
Look out for Annette & Cristina offering specialty breads – Italian ciabatta, muffins, cakes, seed bread and other goodies including special sourdough rye bread, cinnamon scrolls, chia seed & sourdough crackers, sweet citrus loafs, gluten-free cake and some other nice surprises.
NuggetyCreek will have a selection of Pork Bellies, Pork Loins and Boned Half Shoulder Roasts. Melvyn will also have a Half a Pig in a Box with him this Sunday at the Great Price of $9.75 / Kg (carcass weight). Plus their usual selection of Coarse Cut Pork and Sage Sausages, Pork Salami, Dry Cured Bacon, and their famous Liver & Bacon Pate’.
There’s an interesting new product at Traditional Country Preserves – a Feijoa Ginger to taste. The Cassis mixed berry jam is back in stock and there’s still a few specials available, plus some gift bon-bons and a gift basket (made to order from $30 up and can be sent anywhere in New Zealand).
Brunch out at Pedros with his Gourmet empanadas – Hot Smoked Salmon, Chilli and Garlic Prawns and Seafood Marinara. Or take home a pack of his fresh gluten free pasta – it’s delicious.
Our weekly Farmers’ Market regulars include … Harwoods Produce, Face-painting, Koromiko Eggs, Marlborough Nursery, Ngamahau Fish, Pedros, Peter the Swiss Butcher, Riverina, Spudz n Greens, Traditional Country Preserves, and Koffie or Ritual or both!
There’s plenty more stalls popping up through Winter too – look out for Premium Game, Seasons, Feast Merchants, Limrose, Garden Bees and Purple Patch.
Recipe of the week
I’ll never forget the day my daughter’s kindergarten started to make a plastic ball out of the glad wrap that came from the children’s lunchboxes – after two weeks it was enormous. These days a lot of educational educations consider recycling by encouraging ‘nude food lunchboxes’ and here’s a great recipe to help towards that. Visit Garden Bees to buy your organic beeswax.
Make your own beeswax food wraps
This environmentally friendly alternative to plastic cling film is easy to make at home.
Words: Janet Luke
Photos: John Cowpland
Wax food wraps are made by infusing a mix of beeswax and almond oil into cotton fabric – they are an easy-to-make, environmentally friendly alternative to plastic cling film. A wrap becomes sticky when warmed in the hands, which makes it easy to fold and seal around food or a bowl. Wraps can be washed in cool, soapy water and reused. As they can’t be washed in hot water, don’t use them to cover raw meat.
1/3 cup grated organic beeswax
¼ teaspoon of propolis (optional)
2/3 cup of organic almond oil
WHAT YOU NEED
3 x 30cm x 30cm pieces 100% cotton fabric, washed, dried and cut into squares with pinking shears to prevent fabric fraying
Clothes pegs for hanging waxed cloth
Add almond oil and propolis to a clean glass jar with a lid. Place on a sunny windowsill and allow to infuse for at least a week. Shake the jar daily.
Remove propolis from the almond-oil infusion. In a double boiler add the infused almond oil and beeswax. Heat slowly to melt the wax.
Lay cloth pieces flat on a clean baking tray and place in an 80°C fanbake oven for 10 minutes. Remove tray from oven and use the paintbrush to paint each piece of cloth with the hot wax and almond oil mixture.
Once painted with the wax-oil mixture, lay the fabric pieces on top of each other and return to the oven for a further 10 minutes for the fabric to become infused with wax.
Remove from oven and quickly hang each piece on the clothesline. Act fast to prevent the beeswax from cooling and sticking the pieces together (if this happens, reheat in the oven). After three minutes, the cloth squares can be removed from the line and used.
Beeswax is fat-soluble which means it quickly soaks up and holds onto chemicals. For this reason, we recommend using organic-certified wax or capping wax when making beeswax wraps
RECIPE COURTESY OF THISNZLIFE