Taro time

As the weather warms up, I’ve been watching the taro plants growing in the southeast corner of the garden. Although they’re in a sheltered spot, they usually die down for the winter, and grow back in spring. I’m very fond of my taro plants. They came from my friend...

Raw milk: the road gets longer

I’m sad to report that we picked up the last delivery of raw milk today. We’ve been happily drinking Right Choice Live Milk for the last couple of years. We’ve paid for it in advance and it has been delivered once a week to our local Gouda Cheese Shop. However, this...

Perfect beets

  For the last few weeks there’s been plenty of beetroot at Hamilton Farmers Market. So it must be in season.  A couple of the things I especially like about beetroot: that amazing colour. And, I can get two or three different vegetable dishes out of one bundle of...

Real food in real time

One of the interesting food events in Hamilton this weekend is the local Weston A Price group’s monthly Saturday afternoon meeting. This month’s theme is “Real Food on a Budget”. Group organiser Marea Smith says, “If you have decided to limit junk and processed food...

Beer and cheese to celebrate

Craft beer and superb artisan cheeses are riding a wave of popularity in the Waikato local food scene. This Saturday October 1st there’s a chance to check out some award-winning cheeses, and the burgeoning range of local craft beers, at Hamilton’s first ever...

Jersey Girls: legends in the milking

When I first moved to Hamilton I wondered why the Waikato – the land of dairy farms – didn’t have its own iconic milk brand. Now it does, and it’s called Jersey Girls. Most Sundays I bring home a couple of bottles of wonderful Jersey Girls milk from the farmers’...

Winter fruit

When you eat locally, you become very aware of what’s in season. Right now, in mid-September, there isn’t much fruit at the farmers’ market.  There’s a new stall selling excellently ripe oranges grown at Ohinewai. There are plenty of lemons, and there are apples that...

Duck egg omelettes

The top favourite breakfast in my household is duck eggs. We’re lucky to get them from Ian, who has a property down Matangi Road, not far from where we live. Ian has a small flock of Buff Orpington ducks – free-range, of course.  When he has spare eggs to sell,...

A new home for the market

The Hamilton Farmers’ Market has recently moved to its new permanent home in Claudelands Park. The stallholders say they’re happy to be in a covered building. There are stalls outside as well, but it will definitely give the market more options in bad weather.  Market...

Mizuna, mizuna

We bought some beautiful feathery red and green mizuna from David of Suncakes Gardens at the Farmers’ Market. When I seized it with enthusiasm, David asked me how I was planning to use it.  Mizuna is a mild-tasting member of the mustard/cabbage family. It thrives in a...