MEET YOUR FARMERS!
Buying at a farmers' market is the best way to connect with where your food comes from. Talk to farmers and learn more about how your food is produced. Find out about sustainable farming practices that these small producers use and that make them so different from large commercial farms.
Let us introduce you to a few of our stallholders to give you an idea of who to expect to meet at the farmers' market:
White Rata Foods (facebook.com/whiteratafoods) offers a range of tasty dry-age Angus beef and selected Romney lamb cuts. They breed their own animals on their sustainable farm Te Akatea Station, Waingaro, just north-west of Hamilton, and each animal is born and finished on the farm. Rosalie Hodgson is the proud face of the family business: Her grandfather established the farm in 1958, and Rosalie and her brothers and sisters grew up with a strong connection to the near 1,000 hectares of farmland, virgin native bush, reverted bush and forestry planting. Farming has always been done without herbicides, pesticides or artificial fertilisers and Te Akatea Station was one of the first certified organic beef and lamb farms in New Zealand. Today, they do not have an active certification but their farming methods remain the same.
Meet Rosalie and her father John at the Cambridge Farmers' Market on Saturdays. Her brother Daniel usually accompanies her to the Hamilton Farmers' Market on Sundays. Rosalie says their beef steak, dry-aged for flavour and tenderness, is their bestseller and most delicious. She encourages customers to give the more economical cuts a try. They are, when prepared correctly, extremely tasty. Rosalie is always happy to talk to you about her animals, cooking methods and recipes. Stop by for a chat!
David Ruan has had his market stall Suncakes Gardens for the last two years at the Hamilton and the Cambridge Farmers' Market. He provides beautiful spray-free vegetables and loves to experiment with seasonal varieties to produce a great selection year-round. David is a truly local farmer, located between Hamilton and Whatawhata, and enjoys being part of the local farmers' market community. He loves meeting people, exchanging ideas and discussing less known produce. He recommends trying the tasty choy sum and the trendy cavolo nero this season!
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ENJOY UNIQUE PRODUCTS
We are proud to have local businesses at the market that offer a great variety of natural products, always having your health, the environment and the support of local farmers in mind.
Alan Alexander founded The Muesli Company 8 years ago in Cambridge and joined both our markets last year. Although he successfully sells his gluten-free mueslis and muesli bars to local health food stores and cafés, coming to the farmers' markets now is an essential part of his business. He thoroughly enjoys the interaction with his customers, is always happy to answer questions and eager to receive feedback or to dive into an enthusiastic conversation around healthy eating and living gluten-free. Alan points out that he also gets a lot of encouragement from the camaraderie between the stallholders who are, like him, proud small business owners in similar situations.All of Alan's products are gluten-free, natural and without artificial additives. His signature products are Macadamia Gold gluten-free muesli and Low Glycemic gluten-free muesli bars. The fruity Raspberry Road muesli is the latest addition.Have a muesli snack right at the market: The popular Muesli and Yoghurt to Go with organic blueberries and organic Greek yoghurt is freshly prepared for you.
It didn't take Craig Bell from Raglan Pie Co long to establish himself at both our markets: He has only joined the Hamilton and the Cambridge Farmers' Market two months ago, and already he has an enthusiastic patronage for his hand-made artisan pies. To try one of his delicious pies featuring local meats and vegetables, you have to be early: Most Sundays Craig pulls out his "Sorry, Sold Out" sign before 11 am. Apart from the farmers' markets, which Craig loves for the atmosphere and the chance to chat with plenty of people and where he also does his shopping for the week, he is often present in Raglan and has a few stockists in and around Hamilton. He encourages customers to check his active Facebook site https://www.facebook.com/Raglan-Pie-Co-1475459519406714/ for details on where and when to find him. Craig is always experimenting with new pie creations and loves to discuss options. His motto is: "Got a pidea? Let me know and I might make it!"
Local Produce For Local Shoppers- Supports Waikato Businesses
The Hamilton & Cambridge Farmers' Markets were set up so local growers and food makers could sell direct to local shoppers, enabling small farming to become sustainable and providing a fresh quality choice for consumers.
When you shop at our farmers' markets you're supporting Waikato businesses and food entrepreneurs, keeping your dollar in local circulation while getting fresher, tastier food.