Love Local


Love Local is a charitable trust sourcing and selling seasonal fruit and vegetables. These will be sourced locally wherever possible. Customers purchase from a range of boxes for a fixed price through an on-line ordering system. If you'd like to try us out, just visit our store!

Recipe of the week

Kale and cheese muffins

1 ½ cups finely chopped kale

1 tbsp chopped capsicum

¾ cup grated tasty cheese

2 cups plain flour

4 tsp baking powder

¼ tsp salt

1 beaten egg

50 g melted butter

½ cup milk

2 tbsp pesto (optional)

1 tsp mixed herbs (optional)

Put kale, capsicum and cheese into a bowl.  Sift flour, baking powder and salt into the bowl.  Stir to combine.  Quickly stir in egg, butter and milk.  For more flavour add pesto or mixed herbs.  Do not over mix, or muffins will be over-firm.  Spoon mixture into greased muffin tins.  Bake at 200 degrees Celsius for 15 minutes or until golden.  Makes 12. 



Recipe of the week

Carrot, coconut and coriander salad

4-6 carrots

½ cup coconut flakes (or shredded coconut)

¼ cup cashews (substitute peanuts for a more cost-effective option)

2 tbsp edible seeds (whatever you have on hand i.e sesame, sunflower, pumpkin)

Fresh coriander to taste

1 tsp olive oil

Juice of ½ orange

Coarsely grate carrots and place in a bowl.  Add coconut, cashews (or peanuts), seeds and coriander (roughly torn).  Mix together.

Combine olive oil with the orange juice then toss through to dress.  But remember, drizzle – don’t drown!

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Welcome to the first ever Love Local newsletter.  We have decided that providing a monthly newsletter is a great way of keeping you up to date, as part of the Love Local community.  We have had a great start to 2018 and hope you have too!  Community funding has enabled us to start the year with two new staff members, Louise Duffy as Operations Manager and Shelley Smith as Service Co-ordinator.  Combining their skills and fresh ideas, along with Riki (Packaging Supervisor) and the trustees’ experience and enthusiasm, we are looking forward to a great year.  Louise and Shelley are learning the ropes and looking forward to growing Love Local, enabling us to help more people in need.

Most recently the team have been at SIT O-Week, encouraging students to sign up to eat more local fruit and vegetables.  We ran a giveaway over this period, so congratulations to Pratibha Sharma, who will this week enjoy a free vegetable bag, as our lucky winner.  As SIT is a hub for weekly drop-offs, it is cost effective and convenient for students to sign up, so spread the word to any students that you know.  

We have really enjoyed being out in our community, spreading the message that Love Local is good for you and good for our community, so be sure to let us know of any upcoming events that you would like to see us at.

We have also been fortunate to move into new premises, so are thankful to the Southland Table Tennis Association for their support in providing a venue from which to conduct our packing activities.

We hope you enjoy browsing our first newsletter and until next month – stay healthy.

   Students signing up for their Love Local fruit and vege bags at SIT O-Week.

Students signing up for their Love Local fruit and vege bags at SIT O-Week.


Each month we will be introducing you to one of the dedicated team behind Love Local.  This month we are catching up with trustee Cam Richardson.

Where were you born?  A town literally called ‘High Point’ in North Carolina, USA.

What are your hobbies? Coming up with detailed start-up ideas, singing/guitar/drums, mountain biking, public speaking and social sports.

What is something people are surprised to find out about you? Throughout high school, I was fairly well-known because of my ability to beatbox – if you don’t know what that is… Google it!

What is your role at Love Local? I’m a trustee with my wife, Lauren, and specifically interested in the digital, scalable and marketing functions of Love Local.

How long have you been involved? One year now! Wow!

What lead you to be involved? Lauren and I have had a dream for a while now to deliver products that make healthy eating easier and cheaper. She has serious skills in nutrition and dietetics, and I like developing organisations. When we found Love Local, we knew it was a great fit!

What is the biggest challenge in being part of the Love Local team?  So many ideas and opportunities, so little time.

What is the most rewarding? We love getting a bag each week, and knowing similar bags around the city are helping people to eat more healthily, and in some cases – actually having a decent meal. That’s cool!

What is your favourite quote?  “Act local, think global.”


A FRIENDLY REMINDER for our happy and healthy customers to make sure that you leave your empty Love Local bags at your collection or drop off point on Wednesday mornings.  That way we can collect them and replace them with ones laden with fresh fruit and veges!!  Love us… love the environment.


Hey, I’m Lauren! I trained as a dietitian with the hope that I would be able to make a positive impact against this obesity epidemic we find ourselves in. That might be a bit too intense and ‘big picture’ for the average Joe, but I seriously believe making fruit and veges more affordable and available on a local scale is part of the answer! By receiving Love Local bags, you are already doing something right – together we’re eating and learning to better prepare local produce! With this brief article, I hope to share with you:

  •          Nuggets of knowledge I have gained in my research
  •          Nutrition tips that won’t break the bank
  •          A dietitian’s spin on topical issues

 As an introductory week, I thought it would be a good opportunity to let you know why you have made an excellent product choice from a dietitian’s point of view. Southlanders (and Kiwis in general for that matter) eat quite a bit of meat. In fact, if meat-eating were an Olympic sport, we would only just miss out on a podium finish. The meat itself does have good nutrients (iron, zinc, B-vitamins and protein) for us, however we do need to be mindful about how much we are eating. Meat contains a lot of saturated fat (the ‘bad’ fat that can contribute to heart disease), so eating too much can put you at risk for heart disease. There is also evidence to show eating too much meat can contribute to certain types of cancer. How much is too much? The World Health Organisation has recently recommended 455g of red meat per week – at the moment we’re eating about 3x that! I’m not saying you need to be vegan or vegetarian, but by aiming for even one or two meat free days a week, you are making a positive difference to your health. Another bonus to meat-free meals is you don’t have to worry about getting the meat out of the freezer - what a win! Hopefully you’re getting an idea about why this is such a passion point of mine. Feel free to email me with dietitian-related questions or something you’d like to know more about at



  • Veges are ready to go in for winter maturing. Cabbages, cauliflowers, broccoli and silverbeet planted now will give you plenty to eat for the winter.
  • Time to dig your potatoes and store them for the winter.  Hessian bags make excellent storage bags as they breathe and keep the light out.
  • Fruit trees are starting to ripen. Pick the fruit before it falls or the birds will get to it before you do!


Love Local delivers locally sourced (where possible) fruit and vegetable bags to customers in Invercargill. This is super convenient and great value for our customers. Our primary charitable activity is our 'Healthy Whanau' scheme, which supports families with access to below cost fruit and vegetables.

Buying your fruit and vegetables from Love Local puts money into local businesses and provides healthier outcomes for those in our community that most need it. This will grow in proportion to your support!

If you are not a customer yet and would love to join Love Local, you can order directly from our website or phone us on (03) 928-5073.

 Fresh, healthy produce bags ready for delivery across Invercargill.

Fresh, healthy produce bags ready for delivery across Invercargill.

Recipe of the week

Plum and Apple Crumble

3 apples

4 plums

1 tablespoon water

1/4 cup rolled oats

1 tablespoon coconut

2 tablespoons flour

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

25g butter

Peel and dice the apples into 1-2cm cubes.  Leaving skin on the plums, also dice into 1cm squares.  Put diced fruit in the base of an ovenproof dish.  Add water.  Combine oats, coconut, flour and cinnamon in a bowl.  Melt butter and add to the dry mix, rubbing through until the mixture is like coarse breadcrumbs.  Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the fruit.  Bake at 180 degrees for 30 minutes, until golden brown on top.  Serve with cream or ice cream.  (Just don't tell Lauren.)


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Recipe of the Week

Garlic and Lemon Broccoli

 1-2 heads of fresh broccoli cut into florets (as pictured)

3 tablespoons of olive oil

5 garlic cloves finely chopped

Juice and zest of 1 lemon

Salt and pepper to taste

Bring 5cm of water to the boil in a saucepan fitted with a steamer attachment.  Add broccoli, cover and steam until tender, 3-5 minutes.  If you don't have a steamer attachment, simply boil enough water to cover the broccoli, then add the broccoli direct to the boiling water for 2-3 minutes.

Heat oil and garlic in a frying pan over medium heat, stirring occasionally.  Cook until garlic is fragrant and just starting to brown.  Scrape garlic into a large bowl and immediately add lemon juice, zest and salt and pepper. 

Stir the broccoli into the lemon mixture and stir to coat.  Serve hot and enjoy! 

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Ideas for where we go with this!

We've put in a lot of effort to get where we are, but we haven't stopped moving.

We want to be responsive to our community of customers and volunteers ideas, to help us identify and shape future changes we make.

To assist us in that process, please submit your ideas and vote for others via our ideas management portal here:

We'd love to hear your thoughts! If you've any other feedback, please email, or call us on 03 928 5073 (local call) and leave a message.

Christmas pause, and Southland Express article

We're featured in the community section of the Southland Express this week! Check out the article here: entry on Page 7 of December 12, 2013 issue of Southland Express

We're taking a break over the Christmas period, as we're not able to sustain deliveries with our current volunteer base. If you know anyone who'd consider volunteering with us on the deliveries side (there are a few benefits!), then please get them to fill out the volunteer form here:

Next Wednesday will be our last delivery for 2013, with deliveries recommencing starting the 29th Jan, and are looking forward to supplying you with in-season, locally grown fresh produce from our local growers!

***Existing Customers: Please ensure you pause your Automatic Payments for this period!***

***New Customers: Please do not select a delivery date before the 29th Jan! You can create a new order in our store at any time, and payment is one week in advance, meaning the money must be in our account by close of business on 22nd Jan.***

Blessings for a great summer break, and Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.


The Love Local team,

Nathan, Sara, Scott and Rochelle

Launch - Press Release



Thursday31st Oct 2013

Love Local Charitable Trust Launches Fruit and Veg Box Scheme in Invercargill

Love Local is, you guessed it, a local initiative! It's a charitable trust that delivers fresh fruit and vegetables to your door. Not only that, it support low income and unwaged families by providing fresh fruit and vegetables at a subsidised rate.

Nathan Surendran, a spokesperson for the Love Local Trust board, staffed by the founding volunteers, said “The Trust was born from a group of friends wondering how to do something in Southland that would be of benefit to the community. We discussed encouraging healthy eating and fruit and veg box schemes were brought up”.

“We then found there is not a lot of fruit and vegetable grown to supply the local markets in Southland” says Mr Surendran. “The growers we have identified are pleased to find there is another route to the local market for their products; however we are always interested in hearing from more growers”. The Trust's goal is to have 50% of all produce from local producers within the first year. “It’s an ambitious target but we will be giving it our best shot” says Mr Surendran. “Longer term, we want 100% local, and this will involve more growers into the marketplace, particularly to produce over the winter months under cover.”

Love Local is a community program and is reliant on support from you as a customer, and potentially as a volunteer, or even a grower, to generate the benefit to the community that they believe possible. “When you look at the global picture, it's clear that we're not doing anything novel or controversial. There's a huge shift towards communities participating more in their local food supply, with a proliferation of food box schemes, community supported agriculture cooperatives, etc."

If you would like to buy a box on a one off or regular basis, to volunteer with Love Local – primarily to help pack and distribute boxes, or if you're a grower interested in supplying us, contact us on 03 928 5073, via email:, or fill the contact form on our website at

You are also invited to help spread the word via social media – please like and share Love Local's Facebook page at


Press: For more information contact:

Nathan Surendran of Love Local on

Phone: 03 928 5073 or 021 209 6286

Web: or


Southlanders welcome!

We're just starting out, based in and focused on Invercargill. However, we want to be able to support communities across Southland.

If you're a Southlander who would like to start and help co-ordinate a delivery route to your area / town / social club / whatever, please contact us at and we can help you to set up a run. As a thankyou, organisers / co-ordinators get a good discount on their own boxes.

We generally need at least 5 boxes for a new delivery route to be sustainable from an administration point of view. Get your friends interested!

If you want to arrange a drop-off location in town - e.g. your workplace or that of a friend who lives near you, then you're welcome to do that. Just put that address when ordering.

Name *
Please add the name of your area / town / social club to the end of the subject line:
Please include the number of boxes you have interest for, and the day that someone from your area comes into Invercargill to allow us to investigate a dropoff / pickup location. Please also include contact phone number so we can call you.

Growers welcome!

We're keen as to get local producers supplying us to give us the best shot at meeting our goal of 50% of produce from local suppliers within 1 year. However, we're still working through our management of this side of things. If you're a grower in Southland and would like to express your interest please register your interest below:

Name *
Please provide some detail on the scale of your operation - both current size, and what you'd aspire to if you could grow with us! Please provide a contact phone number.

Volunteer With Us!

I want to help by volunteering some time / skills.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of a charitable trust, and we'd love your support in this way.

First and foremost, we need volunteers to help with packing our bags, and delivery runs as our volumes grow. We'd appreciate hearing from you even if just getting the word out through sharing information about us is all you can offer!

We'd also love to hear from people with skills in social media, financial administration, public relations, marketing, business administration. 

If you have some time or skills you can offer, let us know! Send us your details and availability / skills by filling in the form below: 

Name *
Let us know any specific skills you offer, and your availability. Also tell us what you are interested in doing for us. Please don't forget to include your contact phone number.