It feels like the city is picking up its pace again after a quiet January. Students are busy arriving and settling into their new abodes and families are rushing around getting ready to begin the school year. At the market there hasn’t been a sense of “quiet”. It has been humming along all January with people coming down to purchase the seasonal stone fruit and wide array of summer vegetables that we all love at this time of year.
The stone fruit at the market is a far superior product to anything I have ever seen at the supermarket. It is very affordable and most often you can buy tree ripened fruit as well as fruit to ripen in the bowl. Many vendors too will provide seconds (you may need to ask them) for jam and chutney making, as well as box lots, if you intend preserving or freezing any. The supermarket, on the other hand, has fruit as hard as rocks and with little in the way of flavour. This fruit has been picked green because it is easier to transport that way and to my mind has none of the taste of summer to it.
What I love at the market is seeing the broad array of vegetables available now. Vendors have got really creative with diversifying their product line. There are many different sorts of tomatoes – big ones, little ones, yellow ones, black one, acid free ones, oval, round … they look and taste gorgeous combined in a salad. Also we now have different types of aubergine – white ones, skinny ones, fat ones …you get the picture! New season’s garlic is a taste sensation that I just can’t get enough of. It is so juicy and pungent and easy to peel!! If you grew garlic this year now is about the time to harvest the crop.
See you Saturday.
This Week in the kitchen
Nickee from The Port Larder one of our regular market vendors, is in the market kitchen on Saturday morning putting together wonderful rustic, tasty home cooked recipes for you. Find her in the market kitchen from 8am for tastings & tips.
Amazing Vendors This Week:
Beano’s Bakery Pane Maggia Sourdough – PANZANELLA (Summer Peasant Salad)
Kakanui Produce Tomatoes - PANZANELLA (Summer Peasant Salad)
Dunford Grove Lemon Infused Olive Oil - COURGETTE, FETA AND CHICKPEA SALAD
Whitestone Cheese Fuchsia Feta - COURGETTE, FETA AND CHICKPEA SALAD
Te Mahanga Orchard Courgettes - COURGETTE, FETA AND CHICKPEA SALAD
Port Larder Kasundi - VENISON & BEEF MEATBALLS BAKED IN TAHINI AND SERVED WITH RICE & KASUNDI SAUCE
Leckies Butchery Vension Mince – VENISON & BEEF MEATBALLS BAKED IN TAHINI AND SERVED WITH RICE & KASUNDI SAUCE
Hammer Head Foods Satan’s Breath Moonshine Cream - GINGERBREAD AND MIXED CURRANT COMPOTE
Beano’s Bakery Gingerbread Loaf - GINGERBREAD AND MIXED CURRANT COMPOTE
New season’s Organic Fruit this Saturday.
–We are happy to offer you our very first apples of the year. These are early McIntosh ( the ones the computer was named after). They are crisp and crunchy and just slightly tart. Come and try!
-Our little cherry plums are also delicious. Come and try a $2.00 snack bag.
Also broad beans are back . This is the first of our second crop and they are just as fresh and delicious as those we offered in the spring.
Well, I'm always surprised and gratified by how many of you read, and then comment on, what we say in the Market Newsletter. I especially like hearing about what you're doing with our fine products, a very nice lady in Arrowtown loves our Olive Salt on avocado, she's right, delicious!
Did you know?
Most nuts have a high fat content so will go rancid quite quickly (6-8 months) so we should think carefully about the supply chain and where our nuts come from! Freezing will preserve nuts very well but not indefinitely. We take extra care with our Hazel Nuts to make sure you are getting the best possible product.
Ettrick Gardens Market Specials
FRESH IN SEASON NOW!!!!
FRESH LARGE JUICEY & SWEET STRAWBERRIES, RASPBERRIES, TAYBERRIES, BOYSENBERRIES & BLUEBERRIES.
CHERRIES, PLUMS & NEW SEASONS APPLES.
TOMATOES, CHERRY TOMATOES.
BEETROOT, DAIKON, RED CABBAGE.
NEW POTATOES, BROCCOLI, CAULIFLOWER.
BROAD BEANS, LARGE LETTUCE.
SPRING CARROTS, COURGETTES.
SPRING CABBAGE & KALE.
Crunchy Royal Gala, Granny Smith & Pink Lady Apples.
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Come and take a walk inside the human body this Saturday, as the South Island’s giant inflatable bowel makes a public appearances at the farmers’ market.
The bowel features interactive information panels to share the bowel health message with people of all ages.
You can also find out more about the Southern DHB’s National Bowel Screening Programme, which has already led to the diagnoses of 145 cancers and more than 1100 cases of polyps, which can turn into cancer over time.