The 2017 Farmers Market New Zealand Winter Food Awards were recently judged in Gisborne at the Eastern Institute of Technology. Tauranga's very own true Farmers Market scooped six producer awards, two of which were main category sections.
Entry numbers were high with 151 producers from member markets throughout New Zealand.
“It was exciting to have more of our local producers as winners in these awards,” says market manager Trixie Allen. “They reflect the diverse products and quality of fresh and artisan foods from this region.”
The Hungarian Artisan Company won the Tastiest Produce from the Butchery - Processed section with their Porcini Mushroom and Truffle Salami, but also took the Overall Winner from the Butchery. Atilla's inspiration originated from age-old family recipes.
Local Katikati artisan cheese producers Jill and Chris Whalley of Mount Eliza Cheese won the Creamiest Produce from the Dairy yet again, but this time with their Raw Milk Farmhouse Cheddar. They also received a Highly Commended for the Traditional Stilton.
Rachel Yeats from Grow Food Instead in Te Puna is a new grower to the market. Their entry of Baby Carrots, Radish and Turnips in Dirt on the Roots section was Highly Commended, with their popular Fancy Salad Mix receiving the Combo Runner Up in Dirt off the Roots.
Long standing tomato growers Lyn and Eddie Paul of Paul's Tomatoes in Te Puna took away a Highly Commended Award for their winter Truss Tomatoes.
A ‘Taste Sampling Saturday' to celebrate their producers' success will be held on August 19.