Could you be a 'locavore'?

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14 years 7 months ago #73933 by maggies mum
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I dunno really, it depends how seriously we want to take it!
Perhaps I should go back to the original article and have another read!

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14 years 7 months ago #73959 by reggit
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If I had my garden up and running I would probably try whole hog, but that won't be for another year at least...:(

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14 years 7 months ago #73961 by The Kats Place
I'm interested in reading the article please MM.

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14 years 7 months ago #73969 by reggit
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The link is on the first page of this thread, TKP :)

They say they are "trying to live on a diet of food that is largely from within the area"...

On this thought...there was an article in the Waikato Times the other night about the fruit and vege shop on Heaphy Tce in Hamilton, they are now growing quite a bit of their produce locally as found that they couldn't get the supplies they wanted in any other way.

Will toddle down next week and find out whether they are labelling the locally grown stuff as this is close to me and a good source for a locavore challenge!

Farmers market on Sunday, of course AND there are several pick your own places near our block that I have yet to check out (tomatoes, corn etc when in season)

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14 years 7 months ago #73993 by eelcat
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the editor of the NZ Gardener aimed at spending $10 per week at the supermarket and growing and/or exchanging for the rest, for a year at her local growers market - she made it, then published a magazine/book with useful preserving recipes.

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14 years 7 months ago #73997 by hilldweller
I also need to have a read and a think. I don't see the point in trying to eliminate all non-local foods. To me that's just a step back to pre-industrial times, and if everyone did it it would be seriously detrimental to the NZ economy. I would like to eat more healthily though and I'm interested in getting better acquainted with my local farmers market. My vege garden is so far producing only lettuce leaves and parsley, so total self-sufficiency really isn't an option LOL.

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14 years 7 months ago #73998 by The Kats Place
Keep us posted on the pick you own place Tigger - would be interested in those.

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14 years 7 months ago #74005 by reggit
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Problem with the pick your own places is they only advertise in season so there is no way you can find them unless you are trolling round...I'll put the ones I find up here as I find them (and will note them for next season too) and if anyone else in the Hamilton/Cambridge/Matangi area could do that too I'd appreciate it!

I agree with HD that it would be a step back to do that with everything BUT I would like to support local growers if I can, since they are part of the community, and hopefully that means more money going back to them rather than to the middleman...wonder what percentage the growers get for stuff that ends up in the supermarkets? Anyone know? My guess would be well under 20% from what I've read about overseas markets...

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14 years 7 months ago #74030 by maggies mum
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OK so if we say then that, perishables such as fruit, veg etc to be locally produced. We have no veggie garden at the moment so we'll have to buy locally.

And try to support your local bakers, butchers(if appropriate) etc

It will be an interesting challenge and certainly a learning curve.

I suppose to we good trade with each other too. Eggs for honey, or cheese or the like.

How far away is HP I could go get some of his cheese!

Darn I've driven past them today coming back from Auckland!

The next thing is when are we going to do it? I think we need some time to research where we are going to get the produce etc.

We should share these sources on here, like tigger has so that others know where to go.

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14 years 7 months ago #74050 by Midge
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HD, am I right in thinking that the Dunedin Farmers Market starts at 7a.m.[?]

As it's supposed to be the best one in the Country, we're hoping to do a trip down to it sometime over summer. May have to come down the night before due to me being a night owl and not an early riser;)

Tigger, I'm 2 hours North of Dunedin and would love to meet you if you have time whilst down this way. No problem to make up the spare bed:)
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14 years 7 months ago #74056 by reggit
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I'm going to start gradually from here on in, building up my local buying as I go...if we all keep posting as to the small efforts we are making and what we are finding out about what is available in our areas it would be great...

Midge, I'll email you :D

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14 years 7 months ago #74061 by reggit
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While we are on the topic...can anyone tell me if there are rolled oats still made in NZ? I seem to remember that the only NZ made ones (porridge mix) was bought out by Aussies, the one with the little fella marching on the package (Captain Dan the Cremota man??)...does that ring a bell with anyone?

I'm a porridge brekky addict [:I] currently using Flemings out of habit...

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14 years 7 months ago #74078 by hilldweller
Yes Harraways, made in Dunedin :)

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14 years 7 months ago #74079 by hilldweller

quote:Originally posted by Midge

HD, am I right in thinking that the Dunedin Farmers Market starts at 7a.m.[?]

Not sure sorry. I would have guessed 8 but could be earlier.

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14 years 7 months ago #74081 by reggit
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Thanks HD, coincidentally have just been in to supermarket to pick up odds and sods and have a packet of Harraways now in my pantry :D

(had a heart attack over the cheese, now at $15 per 1kg block, $13 for plain pack brand, as a cheese addict that is quite scary! [:0])

'tis actually quite interesting seeing where stuff comes from, many of the processed foods say 'made in NZ from local and imported ingredients'.

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