Five Canterbury stallholders received recognition in the
Taste Farmers Market New Zealand Awards recently.
Stewart Island Smoked Salmon Ltd won the ''freshest food
producer from the water'' category, while four other
Canterbury stallholders were highly commended in their
Westwood Free Range Chicken was highly commended in ''from
the butchery'' category, while Christchurch baker Bellbird
Baked Goods and Lyttelton restaurant Roots received highly
commended in the ''from the kitchen bench'' and ''innovation
from the kitchen bench categories.
North Canterbury vegetable grower Grown, which was featured
in Courier Country on August 21, was also highly commended in
the ''from the paddock'' category.
Steward Island Smoked Salmon Ltd was founded in 2010 by
Stewart Island couple Gary Huggins and Nic Banks, from the
salmon they smoked for their restaurant Church Hill.
Ms Banks' Christchurch-based daughter Amanda and son Matt
sell the salmon at the Christchurch, Lyttelton, Mt Pleasant
(in Christchurch) and Ohoka (near Rangiora) farmers markets
and at the Sunday market at the Riccarton Racecourse.
Matt Banks said his mother and Mr Huggins cured and smoked
the salmon themselves, over manuka. It was also sold at
farmers markets in Queenstown, Wanaka, Cromwell, Arrowtown
The salmon business had been so successful it had taken over
from the restaurant as the couple's main income source.
Westwood Chicken, of Darfield, has been owned by Pete McLeod
for 13 years. Jennifer and Grant Inch have been growing
free-range chickens for Westwood Chicken on contract for five
years and Mrs Inch has been selling frozen chicken at the
Christchurch, Lyttelton and Ohoka farmers markets for the
past four years.
Mrs Inch said they grew up to five batches of about 450
''genuine free-range chickens'' on a 16ha property. She said
450 was a small batch, as most big operators grew chickens in
batches of thousands.
''We call them genuine free-range because most free-range
chicken operators feed them the same antibiotics as the other
operators, but ours are chemical-free.
''We feed and water ours outside. I am like Mother Hen going
out and showing them how to get round and getting them eating
grass and bugs which brings out the flavour.''
Bellbird Baked Goods is a boutique bakery in the old tannery
building in Woolston, Christchurch, and sells baked goods at
the Christchurch Farmers Market. Roots is a restaurant on
Lyttelton's London Street, which also runs a stall at the
Lyttelton Farmers Market.
More about these stallholders can be found at: www.christchurchfarmersmarket.co.nz