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Why Farmers Markets Matter!


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Did you know the Farmers’ Market movement is about building and strengthening local communities, supporting local food related businesses and giving consumers access to regional food.
One of the great things about the Nelson Farmers Market is all produce and artisan products are grown or made locally by the person selling it to you. This enables you to talk to the producer and find out what is in your food and what has been put on your food. It also ensures your food is fresh, it hasn’t travelled a long way and hasn’t been sitting on a shelf for days. So please pop on down and see what’s fresh this week. We are open Every Wednesday in Kirby Lane from 8.00am to 1.30pm.

STALLHOLDER PROFILE: Mighty Mushrooms

Brian from Mighty Mushrooms grows oyster which he sells fresh or pickled in a range of flavours. Recently he has introduced Tom Yum soup to his range and in winter he has shitake and enoka mushrooms

Brian joined the Nelson Farmers Market in 2020 and has been growing mushrooms for around 18 months. Brian has been a chef for 26 years and whilst in London he was inspired by the range of mushrooms that were available and that people would forage for them. When he returned to New Zealand there was nothing like this available.

The desire for a change of pace and his experiences in London inspired Brian to start growing his own mushrooms. Initially he worked part time while setting up his mushroom business and in mid 2020 took the leap to working full time.

Brian really enjoys the opportunity to talk with people at the Nelson Farmers Market. He enjoys interacting with customers and explaining the different ways that mushrooms can be used. Brian senses there is a bit of ‘fungi-phobia’ in New Zealand so really likes being able to educate people about mushrooms. He really enjoys knowing that he is growing something that is good and healthy for people.

Welcome to Caramandel

We are very pleased to introduce our newest stallholder, Caramandel. They make a range of handcrafted high quality chocolate truffles in a variety of flavours, including gluten free and vegan options. They also make large cholcate hearts and baked almond crescents. Pop along this Wednesday, say Hi and give these delicious morsels a try.

Congratulations to Viavio Cheese

A massive congratulations to Viavio Cheese who won THREE gold MEDALS at the Outstanding New Zealand Food Producers Awards for their sheep milk pecorino, their A2 milk yoghurt and their mascarpone.

Click here for a silky smooth Tiramasu recipe using their mascarpone.

Farewell to FRUT 4 U Lowes Orchard

Sadly FRUT 4 U Lowes Orchard have decieded to call it a day and are no longer attending the Nelson Farmers Market. They were one of the original stallholders when the Market started in 2005 so this is a sad loss for us as the Farmers Market community. We wish Sue and Andrew all the best as they continue to restructure their business.

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