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Self sufficient couple in Golden Bay take out national eat local prize

Submitted by on May 4, 2015 – 6:33 pm
Hayley and Steve at the Sandcastle, Pohara, Golden Bay.

Hayley and Steve at the Sandcastle, Pohara, Golden Bay have won the Happyzine Eat Local Challenge. Photo credit: GB Weekly

Ten teams around New Zealand are breaking out the lentils and tucking into the chocolate right now after living for 30 days on nothing but locally grown food.

The Happyzine Eat Local Challenge, where people ate food sourced from within a 200 km radius through April, has drawn to a close.

Hayley Gale and Steve du Feu of the Sandcastle Accommodation, Pohara, Golden Bay stuck to the rules of the challenge through the month, which involved exceptions such as five percent of each meal being sourced elsewhere, and one grain sourced from outside the zone.  The couple, plus their teenage son Sam and one WWOOFer (Willing Workers On Organic Farms) replaced sugar with honey from their own bees, ate “tonnes” of blueberries, and nearly stripped their large garden of food, said Hayley.

They also traded for food including avocados and lemon verbena.

Hayley said one of the key reasons she took part in the blog was to “try to make a point that we, as a society,  take the ready availability of food sourced from all over the world completely for granted.”

She said the harvest month of April was an ideal time to take the challenge, “when there was so much abundance, especially in Golden Bay.”

“Our garden was overflowing with tomatoes, courgettes, capsicums, pumpkins, apples and feijoas. It would have been so much more difficult to eat locally in October or November.”

She said it was a challenging month.

“There were certain foods we really missed, such as chocolate, cheddar cheese, oats, rice, bananas and even the humble lentil.”
Hayley had thoroughly planned her first evening meal on May 1st, which was dahl and rice, with sliced banana on the side, “followed by yummy chocolate pudding with chocolate sauce.”
The family have won Kiwi made food from companies all over New Zealand such as Barkers, Kervella Cheese, Golden Bay CSA, Te Mania and Richmond Plains Wines. They’ve also won a seed pack from Koanga Gardens and copies of the Whole Food Handbook.
The other teams have also won spot prizes.
To read the blogs of the other contestants around New Zealand who are based in Hawkes Bay and the Auckland region click here.




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