Asparagus: love it while it lasts

It’s the middle of the brief local asparagus season. We’re incredibly lucky to have superb local asparagus at the Waikato farmers’ markets. Bill and Irene Cummings of Greenfern-Les Asperges have been growing their certified organic asparagus since 2003. And they also...

O is for organic

This post is about a subject that’s very close to my heart. Food quality! Good food that’s fresh, high in nutrients, and free from toxic spray residues. Sadly, these are things we can’t take for granted in our world of industrial agriculture. And the main way we have...

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A handful of raspberries

Today I picked a handful of raspberries to have with my breakfast. This gives me an amazing feeling of wellbeing. I haven’t always had raspberries in my life. I spent my childhood in Papua New Guinea, where we had wonderful tropical fruits galore:  fresh pawpaw,...

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Perfect 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...

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Buried treasure

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....

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Great 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...

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Why local food?

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...

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