Te Awamutu Market 20th December

Te Awamutu Blog 17th Dec 2012
Belated apologies to those who were disappointed that the TA Market was cancelled on Thursday Dec 6th. Believe it or not this was only the second time in the history of all three Waikato based Farmers Markets that a decision was made to cancel due to extreme weather. Let’s face it the weather that day was indeed extreme  - extremely bad with the Auckland Tornado killing three unfortunate people. Those hardy, brave and loyal customers who did turn up were greeted with two equally brave and loyal stallholders. All I can say is ‘ Respect’.  However please don’t think that a little bit of rain or wind will stop the market from going ahead in the normal course of events. We stallholders are pretty good at battening down the hatches and the Te Awamutu site is pretty prone to wind blowing down from Pirongia.

And so back to business – fresh food, grown, preserved, pickled baked reared or caught by the people selling it direct to you – this is the essence of an Authentic Farmers’ Market. ‘From Gate to Plate’ as they say. More and more people are supporting their local growers and reports are that they are delighted with the top quality and freshness of the produce available. Te Awamutu on Thursday afternoon is the first of the three weekly markets attended by most of the stallholders (others being Cambridge on Saturday mornings and Hamilton on Sunday mornings). This year the layout of the market has been changed to make it more use friendly – stalls are closer together and there are tables and chairs in the middle for a welcome rest and an opportunity to lick a freshly made raspberry or blueberry icecream from the Big Berry and Monovale Blueberry stalls respectively. Mmm those school children know exactly what they want after a long hard slog behind the desk  - a cone of ice cream with fresh berries whipped through. For a hard working Mum or Dad an extra special treat would be a freshly cooked waffle with delicious Blueberry sauce and dollops of organic cream. Oh yes, everything on the Blueberry stall is organic. How cool is that?
Enough has been said about Christmas I think and with this market on the 20th Dec being the last TA market before Christmas, it only remains for me to wish all of you loyal readers (especially Cliff, Craig and Grace) warm Season’s Greetings. I hope you will be spending Christmas in the company of friends and loved ones.

Since vegetables don’t stop growing over the Christmas period there will be a market on the Thursday after Christmas (27th).

All the best to you and see you in January!!
Meg Daly
Celtic Cuisine