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Nearly officially summer – Nelson Farmers Market

Could I have 15 seconds of your time please? I’m trailing a new way of letting you know who is at the Market this week. Let me know what you think. We are open at 23 Halifax Street from 8am to 1pm. I hope to see you there.

Welcome to our ‘nearly officially summer’ E-Newsletter. After a never-ending long slow winter and spring, finally, there is lots of good news to share with our seasonal stall holders starting to return and the first of our summer fruit and vegetables being available. All these stalls are detailed in the articles below.

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There is a lot of discussion in many media channels about the rising cost of living. Did you know that at Farmers Markets, most of the stallholders hold their prices constant? For example you will pay the same for a punnet of strawberries at the start of the season, the week before Christmas and the end of the season. This makes us truly unique and it is much easier to budget when you know prices are constant. I heard one of our stallholders mention a while back that he hadn’t put up his prices in six years! The E-Newsletter also contains an article on the importance of buying local or lose it. As I state – you can’t get more local than a Farmers Market with EVERYTHING being grown or produced locally.

We have been in our new location at 23 Halifax Street for over a year now (yes, we missed our own first birthday!) and this is still proving a convenient site with parking nearby and easy access. So please pop on down and see what’s fresh this week. We are open every Wednesday at 23 Halifax Street from 8am to 1pm.

New Potatoes Stall
How versatile are new potatoes. Eat them hot or cold. In salads, as a side, or the base or many wonderous dishes. Last week Paul and Adrea started at the Nelson Farmers Market with their Highlander new potatoes. I was not overly familiar with this variety but they were fantastic. They are a new stall to the Nelson Farmers Market and incredibly passionate about what they do. Please pop on down and say hi.

Jo Smith Paeonies joins the Market
We are very fortunate to have Jo Smith Paeonies join the market for the final 3 weeks of their season. They have a variety of paeonies in different colours as well as soap made using paeony root. There are now only two weeks left so please pop on down and enjoy this stunning flower while you can.

Romano’s is Returning
Bettina from Romano’s will be back at the Nelson Farmers Market on Wednesday 23 November with her wonderful array of Mediterranean vegetables including lebenese cucumbers, fennel, basil and flavorino tomatoes. Capril will be arriving within 2-3 weeks. Please pop on down and see what’s fresh this week.

Welcome back to Colourfields
After a short break, Keaton from Colourfields Farm is returning to the Nelson Farmers Market on Wednesday 23 November. Initially he will have his wonderful array of salad mixes and microgreens. Moving forward he will have a wide selection of vegetables as they come available.

Spring Grove Strawberries
Spring Grove Strawberries have been back at the Nelson Farmers Market for 3 weeks now, spreading joy with their mouth watering strawberries. I have had a stall beside Valerie for the last two weeks and it is heartwarming to hear the feedback from her customers around the flavour and quality of these strawberries. Come give them a try for yourself. Valerie also has free range eggs, lemons and flowers.

Organic Vege Co-Op Stall
We have created an Organic Vege Co-Op Stall. to increase the range of fresh produce available at the Market. This stall is designed to bring you fresh organic vegetables from local growers who don’t have enough surplus produce to come to the Market in their own right. We are super excited to have welcome Tasman Organics to the Organic Co-Op Stall and for a few weeks now have been bringing you their super vibrant greens, lettuce, beetroot, rhubarb, etc. Keep your eyes out for beans and cucumbers which should be arriving shortly. Last week we were also incredibly fortunate to have Veda Organics strawberries at the Organic Co-Op stall. Their sold faster than hotcakes. Please check in regularly to see what is available this week.

The Importance of Supporting Local
During the week I posted a link on our Facebook page to a great article by Neil Hodgson, a long time supporter of the Nelson Farmers Market. I totally support his statement to shop local or lose it. I noted how tough it had been for our permanant stallholders over the winter and the fact that many of our seasonal stalls were beginning to return (as evidenced by this E-Newsletter). I also noted that you can’t get any more local than an authentic farmers market where EVERYTHING is locally grown and produced. Please click here to read the full article.

Cherries are Comming!
That’s right – cherries are coming. Hopefully this week but if not then next. Stay tuned for more information and check our Facebook page for updates.

Mighty Mushrooms has left
We regret to inform you that Mighty Mushrooms Motueka has left the Nelson Farmers Market. Brian has been a valuable member of the Nelson Farmers Market for a couple of years and we are very sad about his departure but unfortunatley rising business costs have meant it is not longer tenable for him to continue. He has taken on a full time job during the week. The good news however, is Mighty Mushrooms is continuing at The Nelson Market on a Saturday so please support him there.

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