Awards for Otago produce

Rob Ottrey, from Cardrona Merino Lamb, at the Otago Farmers Market. Photo: ODT
Rob Ottrey, from Cardrona Merino Lamb, at the Otago Farmers Market. Photo: ODT
Otago's farmers' market produce showed it could foot it with the best of them at the Farmer's Market New Zealand Winter Food Awards in Nelson.

Three Otago Farmers Market stallholders won firsts in the awards, which attracted 137 entries from throughout New Zealand.

Cardrona Merino lamb ribs won the best of the butchery category.

In the organics section, Otago growers took the top three awards, with Wairuna Organics' parsnips and Brydone Growers' potatoes and yams joint winners.

Otago Farmers Market Trust general manager Kate Vercoe said the vendors from Otago were very happy with how well they did.

They had been required to send examples of their produce, as well as a recipe featuring that ingredient.

Farmers Market New Zealand chairwoman Maggie Asplet said it was "very pleasing'' to see entries being shipped up from Otago.

The awards were judged by Bill James, head tutor hospitality, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology; Kevin Hopgood, from Hopgood's Restaurant, Jason Smith, from Horteye, and food writer Nicola Galloway.

Other results:

Organics: Runner-up, NZ Nuts walnuts.
Dirt on the Roots: Runner-up, McArthurs Berry Farm leeks.
Dirt off the Roots: Highly commended, McArthurs Berry Farm Brussels sprouts
Creamiest product from the dairy: Runner-up, Evansdale Cheese smoked Tania; highly commended, Whitestone Cheese Vintage Blue Cheese.
Catch from the water: Highly commended, Wild Smokehouse smoked salmon.
Products from the kitchen bench: Highly commended, Revival Food Co. Compost biscuits.

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