Produce – Fruit, Vegetables & Eggs
Fruit & Vegetables
We are well known for our comprehensive supply of fresh certified organic fruit & vegetables sourced from many local and other small to medium sized growers throughout the South Island and of course our own Taste Nature garden in Waitati. Produce is also sourced from organic growers in the North Island and occasionally offshore for bananas and mangoes.
Understanding the seasonality of organic produce is very important in procuring fresh produce all year round, particularly down here in the south. Our seasons look a bit like this:
Summer (December to March) – this is our most abundant time for leafy greens, salad greens, stone fruit, berries, fresh herbs, tomatoes, capsicums, chillies and much, much more. A good time to be putting excess away for the leaner times.
Autumn (March to June) – time for pip fruit (apples and pears galore), brassicas (cabbages, cauliflowers), carrots, mushrooms, pumpkin, squash, woody herbs – rosemary, sage, thyme, mints etc. Definitely the time to preserve for the winter months ahead.
Winter (June to September) – root vegetables (potatoes, yams, beetroot, kumara, parsnips, carrots) and brassicas (cabbage, cauliflowers, broccoflower, kale, cavelo nero) are all going strong. Greens include silverbeet and spinach and pumpkins, squash and onions are at their height.
Spring (September to December) – known as the lean months as there is not a lot coming out of the ground but hopefully lots going in – look out for seedlings from now on. Always the staples available and anticipating fresh asparagus and spring greens coming in.
Eggs are always in hot demand and are sourced from as close to Dunedin as possible. We stock a good range from fully certified and non-organic free-range eggs from:
- Arnstead (Red Hen – link) in Waimate – both BioGro certified and/or non-organic options
- Bio Eggs through Ceres in Auckland – certified organic with AsureQuality. Intermittent supply.
- Hokonui in Balclutha – non-organic, fed conventional feed but free-range on pasture from mobile houses.