Love Local

FRESH, LOCAL*, FRUIT AND VEGETABLES, DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR

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!

March 2018 Newsletter

SUPPORTING GOOD IN OUR HOOD!

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

MEET THE TEAM!

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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.”

WE MAKE BUDGETING EASIER!

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.

GIVE A LITTLE – HELP A LOT!

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.

LOVE FROM LAUREN

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.    lauren@lovelocal.org.nz

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT INVERCARGILL!

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 www.lovelocal.org.nz 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.

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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. 

 

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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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FEBRUARY 2018 NEWSLETTER

WHAT’S UP?

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.

MEET THE TEAM!

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.”

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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.

LOVE FROM LAUREN

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 lauren@lovelocal.org.nz

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DIACK'S FEBRUARY GARDENING TIPS

  • 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!

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT INVERCARGILL

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 www.lovelocal.org.nz 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: http://lovelocal.uservoice.com/forums/209643-general

We'd love to hear your thoughts! If you've any other feedback, please email info@lovelocal.org.nz, 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: http://www.lovelocal.org.nz/blog/2013/6/23/volunteers-welcome

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.

Arohanui!

The Love Local team,

Nathan, Sara, Scott and Rochelle

Launch - Press Release

 

PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE USE

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: info@lovelocal.org.nz, or fill the contact form on our website at www.lovelocal.org.nz/contact-us/.


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


ENDS


Press: For more information contact:

Nathan Surendran of Love Local on nathan@lovelocal.org.nz

Phone: 03 928 5073 or 021 209 6286

Web: www.lovelocal.org.nz or www.facebook.com/lovelocalnz

 

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 tickets@lovelocal.uservoice.com 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 *
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 *
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 *
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.