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!

June 2018 Newsletter


The year is racing by and June has also brought with it, some fabulous frosty mornings, which will be adding to the sweetness of many of our local vegetables.

We have enjoyed a busy June with involvement in some brilliant local events.  We were delighted to be invited to the Access Ability/Autism NZ Southland Family Fun Day.  It was a great chance for families to enjoy some fun activities and each other’s company.  It was also a great chance for us to fly the Love Local flag.

Love Local is a member of the Local Good Food Network, who hosted an informative evening in conjunction with Love Food, Hate Waste week.  This featured a “Learn to be Waste-Free with your Food” session by Kate Meads, as well as  screening “Edible Paradise” a documentary on the birth of the food forest movement in New Zealand.  It was fantastic to network with members of our community who are just as passionate as Love Local about developing a more sustainable food system in Southland.  We have also been presenting at some social agencies across Invercargill and look forward to adding to our network of hubs for Healthy Whanau Bags.

June has been a successful month for our resident Table Tennis guru, Shelley Smith.  She competed at the South Canterbury Open in Timaru on Queen’s Birthday Weekend, coming home with a gold, silver and a bronze medal.  I would also like to acknowledge Love Local Trustee, Lauren Richardson, on completing the Queenstown to Invercargill Chopper Appeal bike ride, at the end of May.  This is an amazing fundraising event that has contributed significantly to our local rescue chopper services.  A fantastic achievement Lauren, both personally and socially.  Well done!

Thanks to those of you that have been sharing the love for us!  We have had a number of new customers signing up for our service, many of whom have been referrals from positive feedback from our current customers.  We really appreciate your support!

Stay healthy!

Louise Duffy,

Operations Manager

 Trustees Cam and Lauren Richardson celebrating Lauren's successful completion of the 250km bike ride from Queenstown to Invercargil, raising funds for the Westpac Rescue Chopper Appeal.

Trustees Cam and Lauren Richardson celebrating Lauren's successful completion of the 250km bike ride from Queenstown to Invercargil, raising funds for the Westpac Rescue Chopper Appeal.


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

What is your role with Love Local? Volunteer delivery driver and helping with ordering produce.

Where were you born? North Shore City (Auckland)

What are your hobbies? Watching movies, cooking, playing board games and very occasionally, mountain biking.

What is something people are surprised to find out about you? I seem very laid back but I can be very competitive when I am playing a game of something.

How long have you been involved? Since Love Local started in 2013.

What led you to be involved?  I wanted to help our community.

What is the biggest challenge in being part of the LL team? None.

What is the most rewarding? Knowing I am helping people in my community and working with the Love Local employees and volunteers whom I admire for their many talents.


 Love Local volunteer, Sara Westbury.

Love Local volunteer, Sara Westbury.

Love Food, Hate Waste Week

Love Food, Hate Waste Week ran from 17-23 June. In New Zealand around $870 million worth of domestic waste is thrown away uneaten each year, so it makes sense to spend some time thinking about how we can reduce the food related waste that we produce.  This equates to over 120,000 tonnes of food per year.  Wasted food is also a major contributor to climate change.  Food waste in landfill sites rots and releases methane, a damaging greenhouse gas.  The food we throw away is also a huge waste of the energy, water and packaging used in its production, transportation and storage.

Love Food, Hate Waste week in Southland was supported by WasteNet and included a range of events across the region.  WasteNet is the Southland based Councils' shared service that works to reduce waste to landfill and encourage the uptake of actions to improve use of resources.  Check out their website for some great tips on reducing, reusing and recycling ( 

I was fortunate to attend a Love Food, Hate Waste week event which included a short presentation by New Zealand’s well-known waste warrior – Kate Meads.  I was pretty gobsmacked to hear that bread is our most frequently chucked out item, with 20 million loaves a year going down the gurgler.  This doesn’t mean that we are throwing away whole loaves necessarily, but when you consider the crusts, or a few stale/mouldy slices we each dispose of, it adds up.  Kate’s top tip for bread storage - keep it in the freezer.  Other items high up the list of wasted foods were, leftovers, apples and bananas. 

Love Food, Hate Waste is a national initiative that addresses the issue of food waste.  It offers practical tips about a range of food-saving measures, from planning to portion control, as well as smart shopping and using leftovers.  You can check out their website for ongoing ideas to help get on top of food wastage (


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 Go Grainy!

I often find people telling me they have cut out bread, rice, pasta and cereals in order to lose weight.

While it may work for some people, it isn’t necessary and does actually mean we miss out on important nutrients for good health!

In fact, experts tell us we should be having 4-6 serves of breads and cereals each day. It’s only the refined ones like white flour, white rice and pastas, baking and confectionery that we should limit or replace with whole grain alternatives.

Nutritionally, wholegrains contain carbohydrate, protein, fibre and a wide range of minerals and vitamins such as magnesium, iron, iodine, zinc, B vitamins (folate, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin) and vitamin E. Wholegrains provide great benefits including:

  • Reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.
  • Protection against heart disease and stroke.
  • Improved bowel health.
  • Lower cholesterol and blood pressure and protection against some cancers.
  • Helping you manage your weight.
  • Improving your blood sugar control, creating a feeling of fullness and discouraging overeating.
  • Helping to fight fatigue and boost concentration.

To get a good daily dose of wholegrains, ensure grainy bread, wholemeal flour, brown rice and oats are staples in your house, as well as trying some other fun varieties such as barley, millet, quinoa, buckwheat, polenta, semolina and soba noodles.  If none of that floats your boat, yes, popcorn does count as a wholegrain - just make sure it’s plain!


Feel free to email me with dietitian-related questions or if there’s something you’d like to know more about.


May 2018 Newsletter


The Love Local team have been busy during May.  We have celebrated turning five with the addition of many new customers. We have also attended some great events in Invercargill, such as the Community Expo and Southland Interagency Forum.  It has been fantastic to network with other like-minded agencies in Invercargill and spread the Love Local message. 

A big thank you to everyone that came along to celebrate our fifth birthday with us.  It is a fantastic milestone and wonderful to see such strong public support.  Thanks also to The Pantry for hosting us.  It is a pleasure to be able to work alongside a fellow Invercargill social enterprise.  If you are currently a Love Local customer and would like to be able to source other grocery items from a supplier that supports our community, please check out The Pantry on Grace Street.  A special thanks to Taylor Made Cakes for our yummy cake!

I would also like to acknowledge the founding trustees (Scott and Sara Westbury, Rochelle Francis and Nathan Surendran) for having the vision to establish Love Local five years ago.  It is a fantastic organisation, one that we are all proud to be involved with as well as having a great positive impact on our community.

Stay healthy!

Louise Duffy,

Operations Manager


  Founding trustee Rochelle Francis cuts the cake, celebrating 5 years!

Founding trustee Rochelle Francis cuts the cake, celebrating 5 years!

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 Trick or Treat?

The weather has certainly cooled down, and I know we human folk are inclined to ‘insulate’ ourselves with a bit more than a blankie during this season...! Obviously we can all have treats - they give us pleasure and are great for celebrating. However, it is very easy to overindulge. This month’s column includes some tips to help you be treat-wise.

Everyone has their own version of a treat...some think of a carrot as a treat as it is nourishing their body! In this column, when I use the term ‘treat’ I am referring to confectionery, baking, ice-cream and desserts. But the tips can be equally applied to all of the foods we know aren’t everyday foods.

Tips for healthier treating:

·         Save your treats for the very special occasion. There are more events and social occasions than ever. Try to be mindful of how many treats you are having.

·         Share with a friend (potentially halves the price too if you’re eating out!)

·         Savour the mouthfuls (eat a little slower) - you will find you are satisfied after eating less!

·         Ditch the guilt - if you are going to have a treat, let yourself enjoy it. This also helps with being mindful of your treat habits.

·         Have your treats when you are with friends. Try not to ‘solo treat’.

Just a wee note on the healthier treats and raw food slices and bliss balls that we are seeing more often. While there are more beneficial nutrients in these treats, they still should be regarded as treats, as they can have the same, sometimes more calories than their alternatives.

Happy treating!

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Recipe of the Week

Broccoli Soup (Blue Cheese optional)

2 tbsp butter (or olive oil)

1 large onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, crushed (or 2 tsp pre-crushed garlic)

1 large head broccoli, chopped (include the stalks to save waste and add flavour)

1 large potato, peeled and diced

1 ltr chicken stock

150 g blue cheese (optional)


Melt butter (or heat oil) in a large pot.  Add onions and garlic and cook until soft.  Add broccoli, potato and chicken stock.  Bring to the boil, then simmer until vegetables are soft.  Blend until smooth.  Crumble the cheese and stir through the soup.  (If you don’t like blue cheese, just omit and serve as broccoli and potato soup.)  Delicious served with a dollop of sour cream.

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April 2018 Newsletter


Firstly, a BIG congratulations to our Service Co-ordinator Shelley Smith.  I mentioned last month that she was off to represent New Zealand in Table Tennis at the New Zealand Veteran Champs.  She has done a fantastic job with a bronze medal in the over 40's teams and was part of the winning New Zealand team against Australia.  This has secured Shelley a spot in the
NZ team to travel to the Australian Veteran Champs in October. Great work Shelley!

The team at Love Local are delighted to confirm the recommencement of delivery of our charitable bags to support the Bluff community.  We would like to thank Tyron Strongman, the team at Bluff Bus Service and the Eagle Hotel for working with us to help make this happen.

May is also going to be a big month for Love Local, as we will celebrate our fifth birthday.  We are proud to have been helping the Invercargill community for five years, so are holding a celebration.  This will be a family friendly, community event - so please join us at The Pantry on Sunday 20 May, between 1-3pm.  We are running a children’s colouring competition alongside this event.  If you know someone that would like to participate, entry forms can be downloaded at or email if you would like the link sent direct.

We would also like to celebrate our fifth year, by expanding the good that we do in our community. If you love your Love Local delivery, please tell your friends and share the love.

Stay healthy - Louise


  Service Co-ordinator Shelley Smith, second from left, representing New Zealand in Table Tennis

Service Co-ordinator Shelley Smith, second from left, representing New Zealand in Table Tennis


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

Where were you born?  Wyndham

What are your hobbies? Dog agility, taking my daughter horse riding and following my partner’s musical endeavours.

What is something people are surprised to find out about you? As a young child, I had an imaginary friend.

What is your role at Love Local? Operations Manager

How long have you been involved? Three months (since Jan 2018)

What led you to be involved?  I saw the role advertised on Facebook and it looked like a great organisation to be part of.  Luckily for me, the interview process showed we were a great fit for each other.

What is the biggest challenge in being part of the Love Local team?  Achieving all of our aspirational goals in a short time, with a small budget.

What is the most rewarding? Achieving all of our aspirational goals in a short time, with a small budget.  It is also a great feeling to be able to apply my previous business experience to an organisation that is focused on improving outcomes for the community, rather than profit.

What is your favourite quote?   “Not my circus, not my monkeys.” A Polish saying that is a great reminder to avoid unnecessary drama.

  Operations Manager, Louise Duffy

Operations Manager, Louise Duffy


The Fab Four!

As we’ve had a bit of an Antarctic blast lately, I thought it would be a great time to discuss what you can eat to help keep the bugs at bay for you and your family over the cooler months. I present to you ‘the Fab Four’ - a few key nutrients that can lessen your chances of catching a cold or flu.

Vitamin C must be the first thing we all think of when we’re sick - plenty of fruit and vegetables!  Your body doesn’t store vitamin C very well, which is why it is so important to eat your 5+ a day, each and every day. Including plenty of coloured fruit and vegetables in our diet is one of the best things you can do to prevent illness.  These foods have antioxidants that are important for fighting infection.

 Zinc is one of the most important nutrients for optimal immunity. To boost your zinc levels, you could increase your intake of lean meat, chicken and seafood and/or eat more healthy dairy products, eggs, nuts, seeds and leafy green vegetables.

Vitamin D is the sunshine vitamin.  As the sun will be more scarce over the coming months, it pays to choose foods with vitamin D, such as dairy products or oily fish, like salmon and sardines.  It may also pay to look into a vitamin D supplement.

Probiotics are important for our gut health.  This plays a role in our overall health and immunity. Fermented foods like sauerkraut, kombucha and kefir can be good, but plain old natural yoghurt does the trick too!

So, when the shivers or sniffles start to arrive, I hope you’re reminded about ‘the Fab Four’ - giving health to your core and helping you do more!

 Feel free to email me with dietitian-related questions or if there’s something you’d like to know more about at


We are going to be celebrating five years of providing easy access to fresh, local fruit and vegetables for the people of Invercargill. Everyone is welcome to mark this special milestone with us.

Sunday, May 20th
1pm - 3 pm
The Pantry, 133 Grace Street.

This is a free event with child friendly activities. Fun for all!


Recipe of the Week

Cinnamon Apple Cake

500 g apples (or pears)

125 g butter

¾ cup sugar

1 egg

1 ½ cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1 ½ tsp cinnamon

½ tsp all spice

Peel (optional) and chop apples (or pears).  Melt butter in a large saucepan then add fruit and sugar.  Stir together until sugar dissolves.  Beat egg then add, while quickly stirring the fruit mix.  Sift remaining dry ingredients and stir into the fruit mixture.  Try not to overmix.  Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 35 minutes.


March 2018 Newsletter


Wow, I can’t believe March is almost over.  Although, after such a super summer we can’t begrudge the shift to autumn temperatures.  If your vegetable patch is starting to slow down with the cooler temperatures, then it is a great time to increase your Love Local delivery.

Love Local has had a fantastic month.  A couple of highlights have been working with the
Red Cross Invercargill branch to provide a welcome pack of Love Local fruit and vegetables to new refugee families; as well as starting collaboration with Awarua Whanau Services as a distribution hub for our Healthy Whanau bags.

I would like to thank the many customers that provided feedback on our upcoming price change.  This will come into effect on 28 March 2018, affecting the prices of bags delivered from 4 April 2018.  It was positive to hear that you will continue to see great value in our produce offering.  While it is always regrettable to pass an increase onto customers, following five years of operation at the same price point, it is a step we needed to take to ensure our sustainability.  We appreciate your understanding.

Also, on a personal note, I would like to wish the best of luck to our Service Co-ordinator Shelley Smith.  At Easter she heads to Taupo to compete in the New Zealand Veterans Table Tennis Championships. She is representing New Zealand in a test match against Australia and will be competing in the individual events as well.  She has been training exceptionally hard and I know she will do us proud!         

Stay healthy - Louise Duffy, Operations Manager



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

Where were you born?  I was born in Auckland and moved to Southland in 2006.

What are your hobbies?  Competitive Table Tennis, collecting everything and anything interesting, home renovating and classic cars.

What is something people are surprised to find out about you?   When I was a teenager, my family entered the ‘Black Object’ competition with Radio Hauraki. We made a massive papier-mâché Gorilla that stood over 6 foot tall. We won a $25,000 jet boat for our efforts! 

What is your role with Love Local? Part Time Service Co-Ordinator

How long have you been involved?  Since January 2018

What led you to be involved?  When I saw the Love Local role advertised, I did some research and instantly knew that I wanted to be a part of this wonderful team.  I also have my own Mortgage Advising company in Invercargill (Shelley Smith Mortgages).  My two roles go hand in hand as I know I can make a difference in people’s lives in more ways than one.  Helping to put a roof over people’s heads, and providing affordable healthy food to my awesome community!

What is the biggest challenge in being part of the Love Local team?   No challenges, just exciting opportunities waiting to happen!

What is the most rewarding?  Being able to support local businesses and helping to choose the healthy produce that goes into the Love Local bags.

What is your favourite quote?  “Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then they beat you with experience.”


Buying a Love Local bag is a great way of budgeting as you will know exactly how much you spend each week!  With constantly fluctuating fruit & vegetable prices, we do the price control for you. 

As you may already be aware, effective 28 March 2018 (for deliveries on 4 April) there will be a price increase as below:

Fruit bag:              $11.50
Small bag:             $19.50
Regular bag:         $29.00
Large bag:             $39.50

If you have an automatic payment set up, can you please amend your payments from 28th March.  If you ever need to cancel an order, or put your order on hold over a holiday period, please let us know at least a week before your scheduled delivery date.   As well as weekly orders, we also have fortnightly and monthly orders available.


As well as providing customers with healthy fruit and vegetable bags, Love Local collaborates with local charities such as the Red Cross.

   “Every time you spend money you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.”

“Every time you spend money you’re casting a vote
for the kind of world you want.”

Such partnerships enable us to provide fresh fruit and vegetables to people in need in our community.  One such initiative is providing free fruit and vegetable bags to new refugee families to Invercargill.

If you would like to support this initiative, donations can be made to: Love Local (Kiwibank) 38-9014-0854331-03, with the reference Red Cross.


The Healthier Choice

Healthy eating can be hard. Especially when there are a million messages flying at us from all directions about what we should be eating. And how. And when. And where.  I thought this month I would share with you the “Healthier Choice” initiative I am currently working on. This is a small label for cafe owners to place next to food items that are healthier with the aim of making healthier eating easy. The key to this is in the word healthier. “Healthier” menu items may not necessarily tick all of the boxes of being the perfect food to eat for good health. However, the menu item may be slightly healthier in the way that it was cooked or the ingredients that were used. Being humans and eating everyday (hopefully!) means that the healthy changes we make to our eating and drinking do make a difference, but on the other hand can lead to weight creeping up on us!

In broad terms, when I look for healthier foods I am looking for more fruit and vegetables, more whole-grains, more nutrient rich foods, and less sugar, salt and fat.

Healthier habits:

·         Choose a grainy bread.

·         Swap from white to brown rice.

·         Add an extra vegetable to the meal.

·         Have a fruit based dessert or piece of baking.

·         Use a little less oil when cooking (a good rule of thumb is 1 tsp per person.)

·         Switch from coconut cream to coconut milk or a ‘lite’ version.

·         Enjoy two pieces of chocolate instead of six.

·         Have a small handful of plain nuts instead of a muesli bar.

·         Halve the amount of muesli you usually serve yourself and use plain oats or Weetbix to make up the volume.

These are just a few examples of many! If you have any healthier tips that you would like to share, I would love to hear from you.


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.

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Recipe of the week

Yummy stirfry

1 chopped onion

1 tsp crushed garlic

1 tsp grated ginger

500 g chicken breast or beef schnitzel (cut into strips)

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 splash of sesame oil

1 tsp fish sauce

2 carrots, sliced

1 cup broccoli florets

½ capsicum

¼ cabbage, sliced

¼ cup cashew or peanuts to serve

Fry onion (until clear) in a large non-stick frying pan or wok.  Add garlic, ginger and meat, quickly fry until the meat is browned.  Add soy sauce, sesame oil and fish sauce, quickly stir through.  Add vegetables and cook until heated through (or longer if you prefer softer vegetables).  If you need a little more liquid to steam the vegetables add ¼ - ½ cup of water or chicken stock.  Sprinkle with nuts to serve.  Serve with rice or noodles.


Recipe of the week

Courgette Fritters

½ cup plain flour

½ tsp baking powder

1 tsp mixed herbs

½ cup milk

½ onion

1 cup grated courgette

¼ cup grated cheese

1 egg (beaten)

2 tbsp olive oil

Combine flour, baking powder and herbs into a bowl.  Slowly add milk, mixing to a batter like consistency.  Finely chop the onion, then add onion and courgette to the fritter mix.  Stir through.  Beat egg and mix into the fritter mixture.  Finally, add the cheese and stir lightly through.  Heat oil in a frying pan, up to a moderate heat.  Drop tablespoons of the fritter mixture into the pan.  Cook until golden on one side, then turn and cook the other side.  Serve hot. 

These are a great lunchbox filler with hummus, or a nice chutney, or add a side salad for a tasty meal.  You can replace the courgette with any other vegetables, or a combination for variety.

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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.