Better butter

Writing about butter is close to the top of my list of interesting things to do. After eating butter. It has always surprised me that the Waikato doesn’t have a premium iconic butter product. Our beautiful grass-fed dairy cows produce so much milk and cream, but up...

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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Eat your weeds

I have to admit that my garden contains more than a few weeds. I don’t like using poisonous sprays, and I’m always looking for better ways to manage all these uninvited plants. So when I heard that edible weed expert Julia Sich was running a workshop in my...

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In season: watercress

Fresh at the farmers’ market this weekend: wonderful, peppery wild watercress from the Roto-o-rangi free-range eggs stall. And there was also some in the Ooooby box, so we’ve had two watercress salads this week. Watercress is a cousin of garden cress, mustard and...

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Keeping kombucha

Kombucha is turning up all over the place these days. There are bottles of kombucha in the drinks chiller of the Hamilton East Binn Inn. (All the way from the United States!) But it’s easy to make it at home. And if you’re brewing it yourself, it counts as local...

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