A Quick Whip Around

There Is So Much Going On At The Moment

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 stacks of Passionfruit too – fill a bag for $5. And of course we have melons, blueberries, grapes, potatoes, carrots, lettuce, herbs and Microgreens. Come early and join the queue for fish and meat – have a coffee while you are waiting and listen to the music which is always rich and varied. Well varied anyhow!

Fill A Bag

This is Zoe who kindly allowed us to photo her complete with at least 6 of her capacious market bags all of which get filled up by the end of her Sunday Market shop. We were all dead impressed with her organizational skills but feel she really could do with a wheelbarrow.

Shelled Organic Macadamia Nuts

Chris is one very loyal stallholder who travels up to Cambridge and Hamilton markets every weekend all the way from Taranaki. He tells me his prices for shelled organic Macadamia nuts, organic chocolate bars and nut butters have not changed for 7 years despite his costs increasing. A lot of work goes into preparing the 50 or so kilos of Mac nuts which are freshly shelled for each weekend. The kernals are then are batch roasted and packaged. The nut butters are prepared on site and the chocolate bars are all made from scratch using organic chocolate imported from Europe.

When not farming sheep and beef or collecting Macadamia nuts from the plantation on the family farm, which has been in the Jury family for over 100 years, Chris rides the odd wave. If you need to talk surfing look no further. He is an experienced veteran from the Surfing Highway.

Beautifully Arranged Rows Of Pickles

Marilyn and David Ngan are occasional stallholders at the Hamilton and Te Awamutu markets. They often travel the country setting up at various food or music festivals. Their stall is one of the most eye catching at the market with their beautifully arranged rows of pickled onions, beetroot relish and preserved lemons to mention but a few of their handmade preserves, pickles and jams.

Using produce sourced locally and from the market, the Ngans are always experimenting with unusual flavours. They have a smoked eggplant pickle and more recently they tried pickling walnuts and eggs to appeal to the British amongst us. Take some time to examine the pretty array of jars and check out their succulent plants while you are at it.

Chilling At The Hamilton Markets

And finally here is Paul chilling out at the Hamilton Market having bought his 6 for $3 sweetcorn special. He is listening to the jazz guitarist Neil who delighted us all last Sunday morning with his extensive repertoire of laid back easy listening jazz.

If you’ve not been the markets in a while or have never been, make time to come and enjoy the atmosphere, the coffee and of course the fresh local produce.