Gisborne grows quality produce

Local growers turn heads at Farmers Market Summer Taste awards.

Local growers turn heads at Farmers Market Summer Taste awards.

TASTY GROWERS: Gisborne Farmers Market came home from the New Zealand Farmers Market Summer Taste Awards with a swag of accolades. From left are some of the winning stall holders Gary Griffin (Sunrise Orchard) Best Citrus with Tuckerbox (Delise and Andrew Ellmers absent from picture), Robbie and Sharon Baker (SH Dods and Co) Best melons and runners up with their beetroot and highly commended with kumara in the dirt on the roots section. Geoff Meade (Bruce Estate) Highly commended for pip fruit with nashi. Andrew Teesdale (Teesdale Orchard) best pip fruit with his George Wilson plums. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell

WAYNE and Lynne Norris of Hexton won the supreme taste award at the Farmers Market Summer Taste awards and several other Gisborne stall holders were among the prize winners. The awards were held in Dunedin last week.

New Zealand Farmers Market chairwoman Maggie Asplet said the Otago Farmers Market and the Gisborne Farmers Market should be very proud of their efforts, along with the Marlborough Farmers Market doing well with their only entry.

“The quality of produce being sold at markets throughout New Zealand is of a very high standard — well done,” she said.

“Again, a very big thank you to Otago Polytechnic for their support by providing the premises, and assistance throughout the process.

“Farmers Markets New Zealand looks forward to working with you again in 2018 when Dunedin will host the winter awards, conference and awards dinner.”

Pip fruit: Wayne and Lynne Norris, Gisborne, New York Muscat grapes, 1; Teesdale Orchard (Andrew and Joanne Teesdale), Gisborne — royal gala apples, 2; Bruce Estate (Geoff and Raewyn Meade), Gisborne — Kosui nashi, highly commended.

Stone fruit: Teesdale Orchard (Andrew and Joanne Teesdale), Gisborne, George Wilson plums, 1; Earnscleugh Orchard Co-op (Stan Randle), Otago, Venus nectarines, 2; Willowbrook Orchard (John Gilchrist), Otago, Summer Bright nectarines, highly commended.

Melons: S H Dods and Co (Robbie and Sharron Baker), Gisborne, honey dew melon, 1.

Citrus: Tuckerbox (Delise and Andrew Ellmers), Gisborne, Barnfield summer oranges and Sunrise Orchard and Irises (Garry Griffin), Gisborne, Gisborne late navel, 1=: Sunrise Orchard and Irises (Garry Griffin), Gisborne, meyer lemons, 2.

Dirt on the Roots: Ettrick Gardens (John and Heather Preedy), Otago, red fantasy potatoes, 1; S H Dods and Co (Robbie and Sharron Baker), Gisborne, beetroot, 2; Ettrick Gardens (John and Heather Preedy), Otago, shallots and S H Dods and Co (Robbie and Sharron Baker), Gisborne, kumara, highly commended.

Dirt off the Roots: Kakanui Produce (Chris and Vivienne Larcombe-Scott), Otago, nigella cocktail tomatoes, 1; Janefield Paeonies and Hydroponics (Rodger Whitson), Otago, Bouquet of fresh herbs, 2; Pinoli Premium Pine Nuts (Zoe Thompson), Marlborough, pine nuts, highly commended.

Organic: Wairuna Organics (Shaun McVicker), Otago, carrots, 1; Brydone Growers (Nigel Clarke), Otago, red onions, 2; Waikouaiti Gardens (Mark and Lynley Hunter), Otago, Scotlands yellow tomatoes and Otago Organic Group (Alice Baird), Otago, organic salad mix, highly commended.

Ugly is Tasty: NZ Nut Co (Valda Muller), Otago, black krim tomatoes, 1.

Free-Range Eggs: Agreeable Nature (Michelle and Tony Pringle), Otago, 1; Waikouaiti Gardens (Mark and Lynley Hunter), Otago, leghorn organic eggs, 2.

Overall supreme winner: Wayne and Lynne Norris with their delicious New York Muscat grapes.

WAYNE and Lynne Norris of Hexton won the supreme taste award at the Farmers Market Summer Taste awards and several other Gisborne stall holders were among the prize winners. The awards were held in Dunedin last week.

New Zealand Farmers Market chairwoman Maggie Asplet said the Otago Farmers Market and the Gisborne Farmers Market should be very proud of their efforts, along with the Marlborough Farmers Market doing well with their only entry.

“The quality of produce being sold at markets throughout New Zealand is of a very high standard — well done,” she said.

“Again, a very big thank you to Otago Polytechnic for their support by providing the premises, and assistance throughout the process.

“Farmers Markets New Zealand looks forward to working with you again in 2018 when Dunedin will host the winter awards, conference and awards dinner.”

Pip fruit: Wayne and Lynne Norris, Gisborne, New York Muscat grapes, 1; Teesdale Orchard (Andrew and Joanne Teesdale), Gisborne — royal gala apples, 2; Bruce Estate (Geoff and Raewyn Meade), Gisborne — Kosui nashi, highly commended.

Stone fruit: Teesdale Orchard (Andrew and Joanne Teesdale), Gisborne, George Wilson plums, 1; Earnscleugh Orchard Co-op (Stan Randle), Otago, Venus nectarines, 2; Willowbrook Orchard (John Gilchrist), Otago, Summer Bright nectarines, highly commended.

Melons: S H Dods and Co (Robbie and Sharron Baker), Gisborne, honey dew melon, 1.

Citrus: Tuckerbox (Delise and Andrew Ellmers), Gisborne, Barnfield summer oranges and Sunrise Orchard and Irises (Garry Griffin), Gisborne, Gisborne late navel, 1=: Sunrise Orchard and Irises (Garry Griffin), Gisborne, meyer lemons, 2.

Dirt on the Roots: Ettrick Gardens (John and Heather Preedy), Otago, red fantasy potatoes, 1; S H Dods and Co (Robbie and Sharron Baker), Gisborne, beetroot, 2; Ettrick Gardens (John and Heather Preedy), Otago, shallots and S H Dods and Co (Robbie and Sharron Baker), Gisborne, kumara, highly commended.

Dirt off the Roots: Kakanui Produce (Chris and Vivienne Larcombe-Scott), Otago, nigella cocktail tomatoes, 1; Janefield Paeonies and Hydroponics (Rodger Whitson), Otago, Bouquet of fresh herbs, 2; Pinoli Premium Pine Nuts (Zoe Thompson), Marlborough, pine nuts, highly commended.

Organic: Wairuna Organics (Shaun McVicker), Otago, carrots, 1; Brydone Growers (Nigel Clarke), Otago, red onions, 2; Waikouaiti Gardens (Mark and Lynley Hunter), Otago, Scotlands yellow tomatoes and Otago Organic Group (Alice Baird), Otago, organic salad mix, highly commended.

Ugly is Tasty: NZ Nut Co (Valda Muller), Otago, black krim tomatoes, 1.

Free-Range Eggs: Agreeable Nature (Michelle and Tony Pringle), Otago, 1; Waikouaiti Gardens (Mark and Lynley Hunter), Otago, leghorn organic eggs, 2.

Overall supreme winner: Wayne and Lynne Norris with their delicious New York Muscat grapes.

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