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Markets: Cambridge 22nd & Hamilton 23rd June

WHY I AM NOT GOING TO MENTION THE BAD WEATHER.
I am not going to talk about the weather because it is on everyone’s mind. So I won’t allude to the miserable wet weekend we have just suffered. I won’t even go near the fact that every gazebo at the market was soaked making packing up at the end of the morning very unpleasant indeed. No, I will stay absolutely quiet on the subject of the rotten winter weather and stare at the above picture and mentally will the sun to come back….
QUICK RUN DOWN OF MARKET HAPPENINGS
Okay so – here’s a quick run through of the latest winter holiday departures – Marilyn and David Ngan from Mel’s Preserves are off to Europe for 8 weeks so stock up on your chutneys, preserved lemons, pickled onions and walnuts, jams and spreads. This coming weekend -22nd and 23rd will be their last until September

Also Ian Dunn from Granny Dunn’s Preserves is going to be closing up shop in Hamilton as he is getting ready for a major shoulder operation and the medics are forbidding him stirring the preserving pan contents and carrying heavy boxes for a while.  However, his stocked products will continue to be on sale in Cambridge thanks to the help of Margaret from Cardalue Nurseries. Nice one Margaret!

Ian and Denise from Organic Herbs and Seedlings are also finished for the remainder of June, July and August but they will be back with the start of September with early Spring seedlings. Always a hopeful sign!

Chris, the Macadamia and Avocado man is also off for 2 months to sort out his sheep, his fences and pick up and process several tons of Macadamia Nuts for the coming season.
And finally Anne Scarrow tells me that she is also bringing her and her late husband Eoin Scarrow’s Dig This stall to a close at the end of June after 6 years at the market. She has reduced her quality shrubs and plants yet further. She has good size Box Hedging for only $4 a plant, some lovely coprosmas, both shrub and ground cover and an unusual Buddah’s Hand citrus for only $17.00. She also has some well grown native trees.
WOOFAS GOURMET DOGGIE TREATS
And now for some good news. Meagan Austen from Woofas Doggone Treats has revamped her range of gourmet Doggie Treats with bright new labels and she has introduced some new flavours which sound good enough for humans – take for example her Fresh Salmon and Barley Flour bikkies – Low allergen, high in Omega 3 and gluten free. Meagan uses only the best ingredients in her doggy products including free range eggs and fresh chicken and meat. She has dried Liver and Heart strips which dogs love to chew on and a new range of Dog Chips combining cereal bikkies and dried meat strips – what dog could resist? If you are trying to train your dog to fetch the newspaper from the mailbox or return your errant golf balls, reward them with one of these gourmet dog treats and you will have a canine slave for life!
BLOOD CHORIZO AND MID WINTER CHRISTMAS PUDS
Jono Walker from Soggy Bottom Holdings has a new Blood Chorizo sausage. Always one to try out something new, Jono spotted this type of chorizo sausage on offer at a market in London. Spicy with a deep colour when cooked, this sausage would enhance a winter meat stew with flavour and, well, extra iron I suppose. His pork pies continue to please. Remember they should be eaten cold with pickles and a pint of ale for authenticity and I see he has mid winter Christmas Puds on sale again. If you want to put on a mid winter Christmas, Jono is the one to see about a ham too.
PUMPKINS AND GARLIC
Cato’s pumpkins always pack a punch. As well as crown pumpkins, Richard has butternut and buttercup pumpkins and a large deep orange heritage pumpkin, cut, if required, into sensible useable pieces. A customer told me that Richard has warned him that the heritage pumpkin was only good for soup but this gentleman had ignored that advice and had lightly steamed his orange pumpkin and it was apparently delicious, garnished with salt and pepper and a knob of butter. Also this is garlic-planting time but really, Richard is the King of the Garlic so I wonder if you could be bothered really, when he has a selection of fat NZ garlic available all year around?
WINTER FLOWERS TO BRIGHTEN THE DREARINESS
Margaret from Cardalue Country Nurseries is selling miniature daffs right now and the first of the scented orchids. I don’t know how they get the daffs to grow so early in the season. My daffs are just poking the tip of a green spear through the muck right now although I noticed a flowering bunch of Earlicheer under the trees last week alongside some snowdrops. Always a mood lifter.
LEAFY GREENS AND SPICY REDS
Clif’s Gardens has a big line in freshly harvested leafy veggies, bok choy, silverbeet and spinach and these usually sell out, whatever the weather so get in quick. His radishes are delicious – big, red and crisp with just a hint of spice – not the mouth burning variety. The French eat radishes sliced up and eaten with buttered baguette. Try this with some Volare Turkish Pide or Sourdough.

FROM GATE TO PLATE – THE SUNDAY DINNER
It is ‘roast dinner’ time of year and Wholly Cow / Wholly Lamb have the quality meat cuts you are looking for. There are plenty of  roastable root veggies – carrots, beetroot, turnips, parsnips and freshly dug late season potatoes – Desiree and Agria for roasting and comforting Apple Turnovers and fruity Eccles cakes for pudding – all locally produced and available at the Hamilton and Cambridge Farmers’ Markets.

PS Raglan Fish is doing a special on snapper and their super fresh gurnard makes the perfect fish fry with homemade Agria julienne potato chips with kale mesclun from The Lettuce Man, lightly stir fried in sesame oil , on the side.

Keep fighting the good fight. See you hail, rain or shine next weekend.

Meg Daly
Celtic Cuisine