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Local and/ or organic food

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This is a post about two (related) questions. One, is there a shortage of locally grown food in the Waikato? Two, where is the locally grown organic food?

This post was sparked by two timely emails. The first was from Waikato Environment Centre co-ordinator Ruth Seabright. She suggested I write about the issues Ooooby, the local food box business, is having with finding enough local suppliers to fill their Waikato orders.

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The Great Pumpkin

Pumpkins are a great asset in the winter kitchen. I love transforming pumpkins into soups, salads and much more. They keep well in a cool dry place, and if you don’t grow your own, they’re not expensive. And they’re beautiful, both inside and out.  

Pumpkin seems to be “under the radar” as an ingredient in my house. When I buy pumpkin it often sits in the fridge or on the shelf until it’s my turn to cook. Oh well, that means I can plan my cooking ahead of time!

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Raglan Fish: The local catch

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Raglan Fish is great news for local fans of seafood. And you don’t even have to drive to Raglan. We can find Raglan Fish in three places: at Raglan Wharf, and at Cambridge and Hamilton Farmers’ Markets.

In my household we’re very fond of their excellent smoked fish and their beautifully fresh squid, just for starters. And it gets even better – most of the fish they sell is caught locally, by three fishing boats based at Raglan Wharf.

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Orange is for winter

Midwinter is a wonderful time for oranges and other citrus in the Waikato. There are trees laden with beautiful oranges, mandarins, tangelos and clementines in home gardens all over the place. We’ve been collecting clementines from a couple of neighbours who mostly leave the fruit to rot in piles under the trees. I guess people are so used to easy-peel, seedless mandarins, that they won’t bother with a freshly-picked clementine.

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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.