Shandy’s, made up of Sharon and Andy Howard, started selling sauces, oyster mushrooms, elderflower cordial, pates and pestos in 2020. The mushrooms are grown at their Sheffield home and sauces handcrafted in their kitchen, with stunning views overlooking the Southern Alps.
It’s a warm, Friday, summer evening. Gabi and Doug Michael head to their local pub after work for a drink.
They sip on craft beer and smile to themselves, knowing they were a part of making that beer - and almost any beer crafted in New Zealand!
“Three Boys Brewery, Sawmill Brewery …,” Gabi starts to make a list of her brewers and then says it’s probably easier to list how many breweries they don’t supply their malt to - it’s a much shorter list!
Hop on your bike, grab a reusable container and head down to Robinsons Road to get your blueberry fix from Selwyn this summer. Having owned the orchard since 1992, Wendy and Don Babe love the experience of picking blueberries and being in the fresh country air.
Selwyn has over 20 honey producers, apiaries and beekeepers buzzing about. From Leeston through to Selwyn high country, you can find a variety of honeys, bee products and beekeeping services. Coalgate Honey Co. is one of Selwyn’s honey producers and Selwyn’s only business to win an award at New Zealand’s Apiculture 2021 competition.
Want to blow away a cold? Try a delicious mousetrap; a toasted slice of bread with gooey melted cheese and… purewasabi paste! Wasabi is generally served with fish or sushi, but Fenton Wood, owner of purewasabi by Coppersfolly, says not to knock this new combination until you try it.
Keeping the name, changing the farm and creating a baaa of soap
Thursday, 2 September 2021
Heather McMillan used to walk out of her back door in Upper Hutt to be surrounded by two and half acres of bush and the sound of native New Zealand birdlife. Now stepping out into her backyard of 35 hectares in Selwyn, she is greeted by Becky the dog and over 300 sheep.
What comes first, the chicken or the egg? For Dee Oliver and Brendon Albon, their chickens come first. Their small Hororata chicken farm, Little Red Farm is free-range and pasture-raised, meaning every week the sheds and chickens are moved and put on fresh grass.