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The mighty quince

There’s a garden in my neighbourhood with a quince tree on the front lawn. At this time of year it’s festooned with fat golden quinces.

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

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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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