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Grilled Beans with Stone Fruit

Finally summer is here! Let's dust the barbecue and get cooking. This recipe goes well with any grilled meats or sausages, but it also is a great meal on its own. I was lucky to get some apricots from the market for my version. Unfortunately it was a very short apricot season, but plums are great for this recipe, too. From the market: - stone fruit - variety of green beans - macadamia nuts - potatoes - garlic - parsley From the pantry: - salt - pepper - olive oil - Sherry vinegar Grilled Bean...

February 23, 2017

Oyster Mushrooms and Cauliflower Tortillas

Not so sure what to do with oyster mushrooms? If you are like me and don't like them soggy, try this recipe! The trick it to sear them in a frying pan and then finish them off under the grill. The ingredients listed are for 4 large corn tacos. Please down- or upsize to your needs. From the market: - 1 bag oyster mushrooms - 1 head cauliflower - 2 spring onions - 1 stalk spring garlic - 2 bell peppers - 1 lemon - cilantro From the shop/your pantry: - 4 large corn tortillas (e.g. Tío Pablo) - ...

December 2, 2016

Oven-roasted Asparagus & Leek with Lemon Vinaigrette

It's asparagus season! This meal tastes of spring and is especially delicious when you oven-roast young asparagus just until browned and still slightly crunchy in the centre. Yum! Ingredients (per person, upscale to your family size): MARKET - 6 asparagus spears - 1 baby leek - 1 lemon - smoked salmon (optional) ADDITIONAL - chilli (fresh, flakes or sauce) - 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil - salt and freshly cracked pepper - rice noodles Directions: Wash and trim asparagus and cut in thirds...

October 28, 2016

Frittata with Avocado Salsa

Pick up the following ingredients this month and create a meal entirely sourced at the Farmers' Market! Frittata with Avocado Salsa - Tomatoes - Avocados - Lemon - Baby leek - Spinach - Potatoes - Eggs You have to upscale the amounts according to your family size. This is for one person: 1. Wash 1 potato and boil until al dente. 2. Dice an avocado and 2 small tomatoes. Chop 1/4 of a baby leek. Toss the avocado, tomatoes and a bit of leek into a bowl and drizzle with 2 tablespoons o...

October 5, 2016

The Farmers Market Concept

Farmers Markets, while having a resurgence in the last 20 years; have in reality been around for as long as there have been farmers and villages! In Medieval times Farmers would bring their wares in to town to hawk. There probably would have been live as well as slaughtered animals, breads, fruits and produce, herbs eggs and fish. Then we got supermarkets (ok so there is quite a bit of history in between but work with me here) and convenience won over quality. We started to stop caring where ...

August 6, 2015

Hard Working Quarter Acre

Spring has sprung! And as is fairly typical of this time of year the weather is pretty unpredictable- but on the upside the grass is growing, the tanks are filling up and the seasonal stall-holders are trickling back into the markets. In case you've been away enjoying the temperate climes of another country or have been dark on news the Hamilton Farmers' Market is on the move- you can download one of our info flyers below and or read the previous blog for more details on how our move c...

October 2, 2014

The Constant Trickle Of Water!

Did you know that the Hamilton Farmers' Market is the home of not one but two award winning honey stalls?Natures Country Gold are the recipients of a 'Highly Commended from the Kitchen Bench' Award. Farmers' Markets of New Zealand had this to say: "...Natures Country Honey - Natures county gold shows us how Mother Nature  knows best when it comes to real food". Be sure to offer your congratulations this Sunday to Lania, Adrian and Anke at the Natures Country Gold stall for t...

August 7, 2014

Riding With A Sow

One of the things that makes my job as market manager a real pleasure is meeting those of you who attend the markets regularly. It's also what makes our stall-holders buzz and why they keep getting up in the cold at nearly ungodly hours to make sure that their produce is the best it can be. Thanks for making the market community what it is- without you we'd just be a bunch of producers in a square or car park! We hope you enjoy this update of the market blog- it seems that en...

July 24, 2014

Cornstarch Lids....Really!

Incase you've yet to read the last blog where I outlined how stall holders join the markets, I'll give you a quick précis about the markets. The aim of the Waikato Farmers' Markets is two fold, to bring you fresh local produce and to support local Waikato producers. As such from time to time the Market Trustees have to make decisions to uphold those values, and this past month has seen such a decision made. You may notice this coming weekend that Pataka, the Auckland ba...

July 9, 2014

The Story Behind The K Drive Bakery

You may have wondered how the Waikato Farmers' Markets work...well here is the abridged version.The markets are run by a trust, made up of stallholders and a couple of non stallholders who offer unique skills or were previously stallholders. The trust has the usual structure- chairperson, secretary, treasurer and they meet monthly to discuss applications made by new stallholders who want to come to the markets and to pay bills and make plans for the future of the markets.When a new stallholders ...

June 26, 2014

Lentil Soup For The Soul

We've been so very fortunate with the weather so far this winter. We've had the odd shower and gust of wind  while the markets have been on, but not enough to deter our fantastic buskers including local Cambridge muso Scott Armstrong who serenades us with his extensive repertoire. If you or someone you know would be keen to get some exposure, and not just from the cold, please contact the market manager to discuss a busking slot....

June 19, 2014

The Low Down On The Lettuce Man

Those of you who attended the markets this past weekend would have heard the operatic talents of Katie Trigg in Cambridge and first timers to the Hamilton markets local duo 'Looking For Alaska' comprising of Amy and Aaron, we really were treated to a winning performance by them! ...

June 12, 2014

Stunning End To May

What a stunner of an end to May and start of June we had this past weekend! The sun was out and so we’re many of you, which meant that many of our stallholders sold out of their delicious fresh produce at the markets! This here is my first entry as blogger for the Waikato Farmers Markets. Meg Daly, the original market blogger has set the bar high, and as such it's likely I'll head in a different direction rather than try to emulate her blog style. I've got a number of ideas for the blog inc...

June 5, 2014

Is There A Dr In The Markets?

I took this photo last Saturday 10th May. It shows the early morning sun piercing the fog that surrounded the market, lighting up the gazebos in an ethereal (love that word) haze. I actually sent this one in to weatherman Jim Hickey on the urging of the few customers I showed it to but sadly the quality wasn’t good enough for national TV. Still - you can enjoy it right here....

May 15, 2014

Everything For Mum

Mothers’ Day is always celebrated in NZ and America on the second Sunday of May which is coming up rapidly this Sunday he 11th May – just in case you haven’t noticed all the TV advertising. But you know, all Mum really wants is to be appreciated by her kids for the brilliant 24/7 job she does and that can be done with a hug and a kiss and a big thank you and that costs nothing at all. However if you really want to treat Mum this year, leave her snoozing in bed on Sunday morning, rush ...

May 9, 2014

Autumn Is Upon Us!

Autumn is a really gorgeous time of year –bountiful, misty, bracing and colourful with the occasional clear blue dome day thrown in just to make one feel good. Autumn at Cambridge Market is particularly delightful as we are situated right underneath the mature deciduous oaks and limes in the corner of Victoria Park. These trees which shield us from the blaze of the summer sun, turn into glorious shades of reds and yellows just for such a short time and then right on cue, drop their leaves allo...

May 1, 2014

Easter Sunday Downpour

What an Easter Sunday downpour that was! The above photo was snapped by Steph Lynch from Sweetree Honey last Sunday just as the market was deluged by one of the most intense cloud bursts ever experienced. It’s hard to believe from that picture which was taken around 11am on the 20th April, that the first 3 hours were perfectly dry and sunny and the market was thronged with people given that it was the only place other than corner dairies a...

April 24, 2014

Yes We're Operational On Easter Morning

Yes we are operational on Easter Morning – Always were, always will be – we have official permission as we are classed as an Event. So rock on up for your Easter Buns and get something healthy and local for a nice Easter dinner....

April 17, 2014

Cambridge Market In Leamington This Saturday

Announcing…….. their Royal Highnesses – Tomatoes, Rock Melons, Grapes, Pumpkins, Carrots, Beetroot, Fennel, Kale, Eggplant, Nashi, Apples, Pears,Passionfruit, Capsicums, Potatoes and Garlic. We are honoured with the appearance of these highly esteemed locally produced gastronomic treasures and we invite you for a walkabout at the Cambridge Market to be held at the Leamington Domain this Saturday, to meet and greet (and eventually eat) their Roya...

April 10, 2014

The Royal Visit

With the Royal Visit set to challenge the routine at Cambridge on the 12th April the market has been requested by the council to relocate for that day only to Leamington Domain where it will run between the usual times of 8am – 12pm. It will probably be quite difficult to get across town and the High Level Bridge work continues to cause delays but for those customers who can’t do without their weekly market purchases we will still be there….. just somewhere else. We will understand if you ...

April 3, 2014

The Boys Are Back In Town!

The two likely lads above would like to formally welcome you to ‘Pommie Corner’. Jono Walker of Soggy Bottom Holdings grower and maker of the finest free range pork products in these parts is pictured on the left. He hails from Worsop in Yorkshire which accountsfor his quirky accent, his wicked sense of humour andprobably his bald head. Neil MacArthur on the right is from Cornwall which makes sense given that hespecialises in making the only genuine Cornish Pasties in the North Island. In f...

March 29, 2014

CYCLONE SURVIVORS

For those of you who, last weekend, ignored the dire warnings about the impending cyclone “Lusi” and came out to support the brave handful of stallholders who turned up at Cambridge market - a big THANK YOU! We were ready for the worst but, well, it turned out to be a bit of a fizzer didn’t it? There was a reasonably healthy turnout of stalwart customers before the warm rain and whipping wind became uncomfortable towards 11.30 so we got to pack up and go home early. The market has only bee...

March 20, 2014

Autumn Bounty

I have never seen so many tomatoes for sale at the market as are being offered at the moment. Outdoor tomatoes are available in truckloads. Great nutrition, taste and cheap as chips. I scored a few bags at the end of one or two markets which I promptly turned into herby tomato sauce and as a result, my freezer is fair bulging with flat pack zip lock bags filled with the best of the red stuff. I’ve also been freezing bags of Passionfruit pulp as well as home grown purple beans which annoyingly ...

March 14, 2014

A Dash Of The Exotic

Cilantro’s part owners Monica and her husband Marco bring a dash of the exotic to Hamilton and Cambridge Markets. Originally from Brazil, this couple have lived all over the world but are now proud to call Hamilton their home. Monica is a scientist who had dabbled in cheese making as a hobby but when the threat of redundancy loomed she partnered up with a work buddy Jenny, to start Cilantro – an artisan goat and sheep cheese company making small amounts of both hard and cream cheese specifi...

March 6, 2014

A Quick Whip Around

Just a quick whip around the stallholders today – so much is going on at the moment and I don’t want to miss anyone out. Bob Teal is pictured above with his autumn raspberries. He also has Luisa Plums although these are fast coming to a close. Right now there are simply masses of tomatoes at the market, beans, corn, cucumbers, capsicums, garlic zucchini and an incredible deal on eggplants – fill a bag for only $3. You won’t find that kind of value in the supermarkets. There are stack...

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