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Sunday stroll

It’s all go at the Market as the weather warms up and we race towards Summer. Beautiful red strawberries, bunches of asparagus, new season potatoes – plenty to fill a basket with.
If it’s wine you’re after, there’s something new to try. Rainer Eschenbruch of Lane’s End Wine has collaborated with three Waikato winemakers to combine Cabernet fruits to create a uniquely Waikato Cabernet Franc. This superb wine has been created for easy drinking. Rainer is at the market on the first and third Sunday of the month.
Blackwood’s Bakery is introducing a range of new products over coming weeks.
The first are two types of garlic bread – one of which will be a gourmet version, baked as a square loaf.
“We put garlic and olive oil into the bread, so even without our 100% New Zealand butter, mixed with garlic, it just tastes outstanding. The other one will be bigger, and good for everyday,” says baker Paul Whiteford.
Another first will be bread rolls for summer. A number of flavours are planned including plain, sesame, poppy seed, parmesan and rosemary. Baps will also be added to the menu.
Bella Pane produces a fine range of gluten-free loaves and pastries, including panini and pizza bases. If you get to the market early enough you will find the bread still warm from the oven.
At Celtic Cuisine, Meg has been using her recent trip to England and Ireland to research cakes and biscuits from the old countries. Her own hand-made Celtic products outshone the mass-produced ones over there hands down. Her usual great selection of old favourites includes Welsh cakes, potato bread, oatcakes, health bannocks, and butter shortbreads in lemon, lavender and original varieties.
And there’s much, much more on offer at the Market – go for a stroll, meet friends for brunch and enjoy the ambience.