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The Royal Visit

Cambridge Market relocates during 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 want to sneak at peak at Wills and Kate and the bubby but they won’t be around until late morning so plenty of time to shop first.

The Good Mousse – Dairy free, gluten free, egg free

Colleen Topham was giving out samples of chocolate mousse last week which I thought was a bit weird - she grows and sells avocados after all. I could hardly believe it when she said that the mousse was made entirely of ripe avos blended with cocoa powder, a little honey, a little almond milk and a dash of lemon and vanilla. It tasted impossibly decadent but it wasn’t. Here are the amounts:
1 medium ripe Avocado
¼ C Cocoa (more or less depending on taste)
2 Tbsp honey (or Agave)
¼ C Milk (or Soy, or Almond)
1 tsp Vanilla Essence
Dash of Lemon Juice
Blend all together and chill, serve and enjoy with your favourite fruit. It can be frozen as ice blocks too. Warning – it is very rich so don’t overdo it.

Lusty’s Grapes

If ever there was a special healthy treat which you feel you deserve, make it a bunch of Lusty’s hothouse grapes. These exquisite globes of sweetness are specially grown for the top end Japanese gift market. A bunch of perfectly symmetrical grapes in a flash presentation box can retail for $100 or more. However we lucky ordinary people get the not so symmetrical grapes which taste exactly the same for a fraction of the cost!

Hot Cross Buns

Oh yes - tis the season for suped up shiney currant and spice buns and you can get them at four different outlets at the markets – Bella Pane have a range of beautifully crafted gluten and non gluten HCBs, Volare have posh ones with nice thick crosses, Te Pateka have great value HCBs and Celtic Cuisine have handmade ones which vary in size, flavour and texture from week to week! Try them all and choose your favourite. Must be served warm with lashings of real butter and a cuppa tea.

Winter Planting

With Easter holidays just around the corner and the promise of a bit of rain to helped the parched gardens, more and more people are asking for winter seedlings. This week you will be able to get spray free seedlings of Rainbow Chard, Broccoli, Sprouting Broccoli, Cabbage, Spinach, Thyme, Coriander, Parsley, Chicory and the most popular veg of the moment – Cabello Nero or Palm Tree Kale. – Put it in your green smoothie, make dehydrated healthy chips out of it or simply boil it up quickly and eat it with Himalayan Mountain Salt and butter – that is after you have grown it.

The demand is for cut and come again vegetables and those that give best bang for your buck are the Cabello Nero, the perpetual spinach and the silverbeet or rainbow chards and the sprouting broccoli. You can pick and pick your own fresh greens for several weeks over winter from the same plants. Excellent idea.

Last Market of the Season at Te Awamutu

This Thursday the 3rd April is the last of the Te Awamutu Farmers’ Markets for the summer season as day light saving is coming to a close. Thanks to all the loyal customers at Te Awamutu who support this market on a Thursday afternoon. Those 6 months of day light savings went really fast this year.

Have a great week and see you at the markets.