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Organic kiwis in season

kiwifruit salad

I’m delighted to report that we can now buy locally grown kiwifruit at Hamilton Farmers’ Market. And it gets even better – it’s superb, certified organic green and gold kiwifruit, at a very good price. This is kiwifruit as it's meant to taste. Try it and you'll see what I mean.

Peter and Dyan Downard, who are local organic sector veterans, are at the farmers’ market “until the kiwifruit is finished”.

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Autumn kitchen


The kitchen is full of autumnal produce. In the vege box there are plenty of pumpkins. Also beets, bok choi, feijoas, apples, nashi, and persimmons. Great potatoes, but this year’s kumara harvest is just about finished. A few sun-ripened outdoor tomatoes, eggplants and peppers are still available.

When you eat local, you get used to eating with the seasons.

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Easter eggplants

There were eggplants galore at Hamilton Farmers’ Market this morning. David from Suncakes Gardens was selling excellent spray-free aubergines grown in Whatawhata, and there were eggplants on a couple of other stalls as well.

Eggplant is the name most often used for this beautiful purple vegetable/ fruit in New Zealand, Australia and North America.

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Champion hot cross buns

Celtic Kitchen hot cross buns

This morning my favourite local baker, Meg Daly of Celtic Kitchen, was selling superb hot cross buns at the Hamilton Farmers' Market.

The spicy raisin buns were topped off with a glaze of cider and whisky.

I managed to get a photo shortly before the last one vanished under a layer of melted butter. We won’t see these again until next Easter. 

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