Behind the Market

Words Denise Irvine, Images Whether you are one of the first at Cambridge’s Victoria Square, with your market bag at the ready, or one to lie in on a Sunday and roll on into the Hamilton Market for a coffee and peruse it can be easy to take for granted the work of the Waikato […]

Market Costs

Denise Irvine counts the benefits of farmers market shopping. I bought orange roughy from the Raglan Fish Truck at Hamilton Farmers Market a few Sundays back. And along with the fresh fillet – a species rarely in the regular line-up – I got a good tip on cooking it. Fish truck staffer Guy Noda-Bailey says […]

Certified Goodness at the Market

Words Denise Irvine Images Alex Spodyneiko Nothing prepares you for Earth Stewards Urban Farm in suburban Rototuna. You drive past pleasant houses and trim gardens and then there is Earth Stewards, a small but perfectly formed oasis of fresh produce – courgettes, kale, lettuce, butternuts, cavolo nero and the like – in an unexpected place. […]

Fish and Chip Burger

Fish and Chip Burger with Fresh Fennel Slaw and Tartare Fish and chips are a kiwi classic, so why not put the two in a burger? This burger is fresh, crunchy and zingy, perfect for a weeknight meal or make it into sliders for entertaining a crowd. Using a hotdog bun or baguette fits the […]

Waikato Farmers Market

Words Denise Irvine, Images, Images Alex Spodyneiko On Sunday mornings, I throw my sturdy jute shopping bag into the car and join the crowds at Hamilton Farmers Market. My bag is close to seven or eight years old, printed with a Waikato Food Inc logo and the message, Buy Local Eat Local. Which makes it […]

Spring at the Market

After a long cold winter, spring is always eagerly anticipated. And this is just as true for our growers and producers. As the days get longer and warmer, some seasonal favourites, like asparagus and strawberries, will start to pop up at the market. Irene Cummings from Greenfern Asparagus says, “Being a seasonal stall holder, I […]

MARKET FINDS

Words DENISE IRVINE | Images ALEX SPODYNEIKO I made a dish of soba noodles and stir-fried vegetables the other night and finished it off with a goodly glug of Sesame Rayu (Japanese chilli oil). As the label promised, it provided fire, flavour and a little bit of crunch, and my dinner bowl was delicious. The […]