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Markets bring the story of the food into focus for Eat Local participant

April 16, 2015 – 7:09 pm |

By Jana Harrison of team ‘Janabanana’, Auckland
Kiwis eating food grown and produced within a 200 km radius for 30 days of April in theHappyzine Eat Local Challenge.
To market, to market, to buy ….lots of yummy …

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She’s loving the people behind the local food, but she’s stumped on breakfasts.

April 17, 2015 – 12:10 pm |

Kiwis eating food grown and produced within a 200 km radius for 30 days of April in theHappyzine Eat Local Challenge.

By Sophie Austin

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Its been a steep learning curve to source all my food, but a real joy getting along to my local market each week! But I’m still a bit stumped for a really good breakfast, what’s everyone having? (been eating my wild card Quinoa porridge or fruit and the occasional egg).

Easter was the biggest challenge for the first weekend, right when I was sick of garden salad and quinoa 3 times a day! I had already planned to make my own chocolate for Easter eggs before I signed up to eat local so theres no harm making them right? Accept I couldn’t NOT lick the spoon!  I’ve factored in Organic Fairtrade cocoa into my 5% for the occasional treat… but that doesn’t include the hot cross buns which just fell in to my mouth on Easter Sunday….!

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So the most exciting thing I’m finding about this challenge is talking to all the growers and sellers, hearing about where their produce is from and their passion behind cultivating it. I’m pretty stoked to have got all the same and even more varieties of veg that we would get from the supermarket so I’ve managed to get my husband in on the local veg portion at least. He’s not allowed my dairy products as they cost a million dollars!

I found a great web page for local milk producers and drove out west to get my goats milk!  Such a treat to pull it out of the fridge with the actual goats in the field behind! Talk about paddock to plate! I’m pretty impressed with the variety of small dairies in and around Auckland, but the economies of scale of these smaller enterprises are burning a hole in my pocket! On the flip side, knowing the name of the person who literally milked your milk, and seeing the beautiful creatures wandering the fields is absolutely priceless.

http://www.cottagecrafts.co.nz/dnn/MilkMap [1]

PS. Tip for any tea drinkers with Hamilton/ Cambridge in your radius, the Zealong Estate is New Zealand’s only tea plantation!!

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Green team: Day 12 and 13

April 17, 2015 – 11:00 am |

By Jizzy Green, Katikati, Bay of Plenty
Kiwis eating food grown and produced within a 200 km radius for 30 days of April in theHappyzine Eat Local Challenge.
Note: Jizzy and her partner Mike will be eating local …

Eating local brings a tummy bug to Sarah the Gardener and her Reluctant Diggers

April 16, 2015 – 5:20 pm |

By Sarah O’Neil of team ‘Sarah the Gardener and her Reluctant Diggers’ – based in Waikato.

Kiwis eating food grown and produced within a 200 km radius for 30 days of April in theHappyzine Eat Local …

The hunger of eating local sets in, and here’s how Mel from Tukurua deals with it

April 15, 2015 – 6:00 am | One Comment

By Melanie Walker, Tukurua
Kiwis eating food grown and produced within a 200 km radius for 30 days of April in the Happyzine Eat Local Challenge.
 

I’m hungrier.  Between meals. When all the food is made from scratch …

Here’s why Natacha Lee is deeply grateful for her local farmer’s market

April 15, 2015 – 6:00 am |

By Natacha Lee, Gisborne 
They are Kiwis eating food grown and produced within a 200 km radius for 30 days of April in theHappyzine Eat Local Challenge.
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Not everyone has a garden to supply them with their …

Why eating local means supermarket visits are easy (for Hayley)

April 15, 2015 – 5:03 am |
Why eating local means supermarket visits are easy (for Hayley)

By Hayley Gale, Pohara, Golden Bay

Hayley and her partner Steve are Kiwis eating food grown and produced within a 200 km radius for 30 days of April in the Happyzine Eat Local Challenge.
Supermarket shopping has never …

Four uses for localy grown apple at Carrie’s place in Uruwhenua

April 14, 2015 – 4:27 pm |

 

An afternoon of gathering apples from our neighbours apple trees.  We have dried them with cinnamon, stewed them, eaten them whole and used them as a yummy sauce for roast pork.
It was a lovely visit to our …

Christine and her cat face challenges as they eat local for 30 days

April 13, 2015 – 11:22 am |

Christine Paris is eating food grown and produced within a 200 km radius for 30 days of April in the Happyzine Eat Local Challenge.

Sam the cat and I had a slip this week.
Sam ran out …

Green team: Day 5 and 6 Eat Local Challenge

April 13, 2015 – 10:25 am |

By Jizzy Green, Katikati, Bay of Plenty
They are Kiwis eating food grown and produced within a 200 km radius for 30 days of April in theHappyzine Eat Local Challenge.
Note: Jizzy and her partner Mike will be …

Green TeamL Day 7 and 8 Eat Local Challenge

April 13, 2015 – 9:26 am |

By Jizzy Green, Katikati, Bay of Plenty
They are Kiwis eating food grown and produced within a 200 km radius for 30 days of April in theHappyzine Eat Local Challenge.
Note: Jizzy and her partner Mike will be …

Green Team – Eat Local Challenge Day 3 and 4

April 13, 2015 – 8:23 am |

They are Kiwis eating food grown and produced within a 200 km radius for 30 days of April in the Happyzine Eat Local Challenge.
Note: Jizzy and her partner Mike will be eating local in Fiji …

Meet the Happyzine Eat Local Challenge participants!

April 10, 2015 – 6:30 pm |

So this is it – the beginning of the Happyzine Eat Local Challenge (here are the official guidelines) where people try to eat food grown and sourced within a 200 km radius for 30 days …

She couldn’t resist the bunny in the freezer, but Ooooby saved the day

April 10, 2015 – 3:01 pm | 6 Comments

By Jana Harrison of team ‘Janabanana’, Auckland
They are Kiwis eating food grown and produced within a 200 km radius for 30 days of April in theHappyzine Eat Local Challenge.

What a terrible terrible week on the …

Mel’s Easter lamb meal sourced within 10 metres

April 8, 2015 – 8:41 pm |

By Melanie Walker, Tukurua – pictorial essay
Melanie and parnter Gerard are eating food grown and produced within a 200 km radius for 30 days of April in the Happyzine Eat Local Challenge.
Lamb meal to celebrate Easter …

Do you know who I am? Warm blooded human seeks to challenge assumptions in kickstarter funded film

April 8, 2015 – 6:00 am |

By Sam Orchard.
It happens everyday, in multiple ways.
Walking down the street, buying coffee, heading to work.
We look, we judge, we make snap assumptions about people.
For Philip Patston it’s, perhaps, even more apparent. People make snap …

Takaka Carrie’s man says buying local food’s easy!

April 7, 2015 – 5:49 pm |

By Carrie Dobbs, based in Takaka.
Carrie is eating food grown and produced within a 200 km radius for 30 days of April in theHappyzine Eat Local Challenge.
I’m Carrie and my family are supporting, though not taking …

Sarah and co. fall off the local food wagon. With good reason.

April 7, 2015 – 6:00 am |

Local Lo-carb
By Sarah O’Neil of team ‘Sarah the Gardener and her Reluctant Diggers’ – based in Waikato.

They are Kiwis eating food grown and produced within a 200 km radius for 30 days of April in …

Ashley’s local cheese victory and banana pangs

April 6, 2015 – 6:00 am |

By Ashley S. of team Eats in the Bay – Bay of Plenty
They are Kiwis eating food grown and produced within a 200 km radius for 30 days of April in the Happyzine Eat Local …

Jizzy gets into detail on day two eating local

April 3, 2015 – 10:45 pm |

By Jizzy Green, Katikati, Bay of Plenty
They are Kiwis eating food grown and produced within a 200 km radius for 30 days of April in the Happyzine Eat Local Challenge.
Note: Jizzy and her partner Mike will …

Jana’s Falafel flop on the Eat Local Challenge

April 3, 2015 – 10:06 pm | 2 Comments

How hard can it be to make falafel, my mother says its easy.
By Jana Harrison of team ‘Janabanana’, Auckland
They are Kiwis eating food grown and produced within a 200 km radius for 30 days of …

But why? Asked the man who makes the coffee at Simply Fresh

April 3, 2015 – 9:59 pm | 2 Comments

By Jana Harrison of team ‘Jaanabananaa’, Beach Haven Auckland.
They are Kiwis eating food grown and produced within a 200 km radius for 30 days of April in the Happyzine Eat Local Challenge.
The man who makes the …