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Perfect strawberries

strawberries

In my search for the perfect strawberry, I went to talk to strawberry growers Grant and Heather Kane, at their farm south of Cambridge.

Kane’s strawberries have a great word-of-mouth reputation. They are reliably excellent in quality and they are often sold out at the farmers’ market. At mid-week in early December they had a steady stream of customers dropping in to buy kilo boxes of berries for making jam.

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Buried treasure

heather potatoes

Just before the first new potato harvest, I paid a visit to Richard and Judy Cato, whose superb potatoes have been a highlight of the local farmers’ markets. (Sadly, they retired in mid-2016.)

We walked out into one of Richard’s potato fields on Kaipaki Rd, Ohaupo. They could do with some rain, he said. This has been a very dry year. 

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Great goats

Wairere goats

The latest news in my household is a bottle of delicious Wairere Goat Creamery milk. Up till now there’s been no goat’s milk for sale in local shops, and I’ve wondered why. 

I was delighted to speak with Claude Capon, the man behind this new Waikato business supplying fresh goat’s milk to the local market. The first milk went on sale three weeks ago, and business has been booming. “We’re just barely keeping up with supply,” Claude said.

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Why local food?

strawberries

It’s taken me a while to get around to writing this post, which goes to the heart of why the Waikato Foodbasket exists. 

Here are three big reasons why I think buying and eating local food is important:

1. Local food is generally the freshest in season, because it hasn’t had to travel far after being picked. This means better quality, flavour, and almost certainly nutrition as well.

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This is a blog about showcasing the delicious abundance of the Waikato region. Such wonderful food deserves celebration and appreciation.

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My name is Alice and I love local food. For more, see the "About" page.