JUNE 2019 NEWSLETTER

CRUNCHING THE NUMBERS!

Celebrating our 10,000th delivery with a carrot and apple cake. Homemade with delicious  Wilson’s Veges - Farm Fresh  carrots and  Te Mahanga Orchard  apples.

Celebrating our 10,000th delivery with a carrot and apple cake. Homemade with delicious Wilson’s Veges - Farm Fresh carrots and Te Mahanga Orchard apples.

Love Local started in May 2013 from small beginnings and this week delivered our 10,000th fresh fruit and vegetable bag into the Southland community.  This seems like a great time to reflect on the Love Local journey. 

Love Local Charitable Trust was founded by two like-minded couples who were keen to give back to the community.  They had a focus on helping those in need and sustainable food systems.  Around this time government funding for an existing scheme that made fresh produce available to those in need was being removed, Love Local worked with them to pick up their customer list and Love Local was born.  Six years on, we are made up of a mixture of paid staff and volunteers, who are committed to providing a quality service and supporting our community.

Love Local is a charity that operates a social enterprise business model, which gives us an income stream to help support our charitable work.  What this means is that the general public sign up as customers to receive our subscription service of fresh, locally grown (where possible) fruit and vegetables.  The proceeds from this helps us make low-cost fresh fruit and vegetables available to low-income households.  We are proud to buy our produce locally, supporting local businesses and a more sustainable food system.

As a social enterprise our values drive our business decisions.  Some of our values are:

·         Relief of poverty through the provision of low-cost fruit and vegetables to those in need;

·         Improve the health of Southland residents by encouraging them to eat more fruit and vegetables;

·         Educate in the preparation of fresh fruit and vegetables for consumption;

·         Protect the environment, minimising our carbon footprint by purchasing produce that is grown locally, wherever possible.

We collaborate with local social agencies to enable us to reach households that could benefit from our low-cost produce and endeavour to make the consumption of fresh produce easier by providing meal plans and recipes utilising the contents of our mixed produce deliveries.  Anyone with a Community Services or SuperGold Card is eligible for our low-cost produce. 

We are extremely thankful for the support we have had from customers and our community to be where we are today.  In order for Love Local to continue to thrive as we head towards our next 10,000 deliveries we rely on support from our customers, community and volunteers.  If you are wondering what you can do to help us have a positive impact on our community and environment, visit www.lovelocal.org.nz  or contact us to find out more.

Stay Healthy!

Louise Duffy, Operations Manager

Carrot and Apple Cake

3 eggs

½ cup oil

2 cups flour

¾ cup brown sugar

3 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp all spice

¼ tsp ginger

3 medium-large carrots

¾ cup stewed apples (cold) or 2 apples grated

Beat eggs and oil together.  Sift dry ingredients into the egg mixture and stir until just combined.  Grate carrots (and apples, if required) and mix through the cake batter until just combined.  Try not to overmix and this can cause the cake to become dense.  Place in a greased round baking tin (approx. 20-25cm).  Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 45 minutes.   Ice with a delicious cream cheese icing.  Enjoy!

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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 lauren@lovelocal.org.nz

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FEBRUARY 2019 NEWSLETTER

FEBRUARY FRENZY!

Love Local Volunteer Wendy Bailey and Service Co-ordinator Shelley Smith at SIT O-Week. (Photo courtesy of SIT).

Love Local Volunteer Wendy Bailey and Service Co-ordinator Shelley Smith at SIT O-Week. (Photo courtesy of SIT).

February being a few days short of your average month has had me feeling like I have been on the back foot.   That is, at least until I sat down to reflect on the month and write this newsletter piece, as even with February being a short month, the Love Local team have achieved a lot.

February started off with us attending the SIT O-Week Markets.  We always enjoy attending and supporting this event, as SIT is such a large part of our community.  The excitement and enthusiasm of students either returning to, or commencing study is also rather infectious.  We had a fantastic few days spreading the Love Local message and making sure students are aware that they are entitled to low-cost fruit and vegetables, thanks to the charitable arm of our operation.

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We were saddened a few months ago with the cessation of the Bluff bus service.  This was a fantastic community initiative that had also been providing a transport solution for Love Local produce to Bluff.  Pleasingly, this month we have been able to connect with Bluff Couriers, who are providing a door-to-door service to the residents of Bluff.  While there is a small charge to customers for this, we are delighted to be able to extend our support to the residents of Bluff, while supporting another local business.  The door-to-door service is an even better solution for those that may have transport or accessibility challenges.  Please help us by spreading the word to your Bluff based friends or family.

We are also excited to add another hub to our list of collection points, with the addition of Windsor Church
on Windsor Street. This is in a great location, with good parking, so is a great collection point for anyone in the Windsor area.

As we are extending our reach, this is a great time for a reminder of our core services.  Love Local is a social enterprise operated by the Love Local Charitable Trust.  We offer a retail priced delivery service, of fresh, local (where possible) produce, that now includes a meal plan and recipes each week.  Proceeds from our retail model help us to provide low-cost fruit and vegetables to residents in need.  We primarily extend the low-cost service to Community Services Card holders, but also work with other agencies in the region to extend our support to others that need it.  We are committed to growing our positive footprint across the region, so feel free to contact us if you know of agencies we should partner with, or other areas that would benefit from our service. 

We thank everyone for their support that has contributed to our success thus far.  It is pleasing to report that thanks to the support of the Southland community, this week we will celebrate a record number of bags delivered, since the creation of Love Local.  

Thanks everyone, we couldn’t do it without you!

Stay Healthy

Louise Duffy, Operations Manager

SHARING THE LOVE WITH THE TAKITIMU COMMUNITY!

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Further expansion has occurred in February, with the commencement of deliveries to Ohai and Nightcaps townships.  An approach was made to us by Honorlea Mangion, the Community Worker for the Takitimu Community Development Committee, to see if it was possible to extend our service to her area.  After researching the delivery options, we have secured ACE Couriers to provide a door-to-door service in the Ohai and Nightcaps townships.  This is a user pays service, but one that aims to ease the transport burden on Takitimu residents.  We launched the service on a grand scale, providing a shared lunch at Te Oruanui Marae in Ohai.  Approximately 30 residents of Ohai and Nightcaps attended and were treated to several different dishes that were created using the contents of our Love Local fruit and vegetable bags, utilising recipes and ideas from our meal plan and recipes service.  With raffles and giveaways, a great day was had by all.  We would like to sincerely thank Honorlea (pictured top right) for her passion for her community that has led to this great collaboration, as well as to all of the residents that have supported our launch into their area.

LOVE US…. LOVE THE ENVIRONMENT!

We would like to thank our customers who regularly leave out their empty bags for us to collect. If you have some Love Local bags around home or work to return to us, can you please leave them out at your usual drop off point.  Then we can wash and reuse them and keep sharing the love!

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT SOUTHLAND!

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

January 2019 Newsletter

LOVE LOCAL HITS THE GROUND RUNNING!

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Happy New Year!  It feels like we have only just rung in the new year, but January has almost passed us by, so I think we may be in for a speedy 2019.

The Love Local team is back refreshed and ready to go.  We love this time of year as some of our key local suppliers that take a break are returning to harvest, which provides an even better range of locally sourced produce.  It is great to have Te Mahanga Orchard back, bringing Central Otago fruit and courgettes and we look forward to other produce as the summer progresses.  By the time I write my next update, we will also have Wilson’s Veges back to weekly supply.  

Following significant positive feedback, we are delighted to confirm that our meal plans and recipes service will be continued indefinitely.  We hope that by providing some ideas on how to put together tasty, nutritious meals from the contents of your Love Local bag, we are making it easier for you to eat well and reduce waste.

We thank everyone who took the time to provide survey feedback at the end of 2018.  Congratulations to Marcus Tuwairua, the lucky winner of one month’s worth of free Love Local deliveries as part of our survey promotion.  We are compiling the feedback and will gradually introduce some changes throughout 2019, in response to your suggestions.  We won’t change the core of our service, as many of you were happy with what you are currently receiving, but will take a look at what we can add to the existing model to provide more flexibility and a better customer experience.

We would also love to continue to grow the good we can do in the south throughout 2019, so if you are loving your Love Local service, please be sure to tell your family and friends.

Stay healthy

Louise,  Operations Manager

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LOVE US…. LOVE THE ENVIRONMENT!

We would like to thank our customers who regularly leave out their empty bags for us to collect. If you have some Love Local bags around home or work to return to us, can you please leave them out at your usual drop off point. 

Then we can wash and reuse them and keep sharing the love!

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THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT SOUTHLAND!

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

DECEMBER 2018 NEWSLETTER

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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It is hard to believe it is almost Christmas.  It has been an action packed 2018 for Love Local and we look forward to what 2019 brings.  In the lead up to Christmas a highlight was Shelley and I attending the Able Christmas Luncheon.  It was a privilege to be invited and the vibe of community and support in the room is what Christmas is all about, far more so than my terrible Santa impersonation. 

It has been a pleasure to get to know and work with some of the agencies that support our community this year and we look forward to doing this even more in 2019.  Keep in mind that we provide low cost fruit and vegetables to those in need in our communities and you are welcome to refer candidates to us.

We continue to have positive feedback from customers regarding our meal planning and recipes, so it is great to hear you are enjoying this new offering.  Based on this feedback we are likely to continue this into 2019, so thank you for taking the time to communicate with us – we are listening. 

We had a fantastic response to our recent survey and look forward to applying your feedback into the ongoing improvement of the Love Local service and look forward to some exciting developments for 2019.

Just a reminder that we will be taking a break over Christmas, so your last delivery will be Wednesday 19 December, resuming Wednesday 16 January.

Have a wonderful holiday season, stay healthy and take care of those around you.

Louise and the Love Local team.

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Ida and Fleur horsing around!

MEET THE TEAM!

What is your name?  While everyone calls me Fleur, my full name is Springbrook Sunrise Flirt, but that is a bit of a mouthful.
I am a 15 year-old Welsh mountain pony.

What is your role with Love Local?  I’m a volunteer, mostly involved in quality control and waste management.  The team inspect the produce that is being delivered to our customers, it is normally all excellent quality, but from time to time, any apples and carrots that don’t meet their high standards are delivered to me, and I dispose of them in an environmentally friendly manner.

What is something people are surprised to find out about you?  I can sleep standing up, or lying down, also my hooves are made of the same protein as human hair and fingernails.

How long have you been involved?  My owner became the Operations Manager in January 2018 and I have been performing my voluntary role since then.

What led you to be involved?  “Led” ha, great pun.  I have a passion for the community, but it is mostly my greedy pony appetite that keeps me in the role.

What is most rewarding?  The fantastic access to top quality fresh fruit and vegetables.  While the apples and carrots are a big reward, I have also tried pears and kale.

What is your favourite saying?  “A horse is a horse of course of course”.

CHEERS TO GOOD FOOD AND HEALTH!

Some tips from Love Local Trustee Lauren Richardson, who is a dietician.

It seems that the Christmas period is a showcase of the amount of food we have access to in our society! We struggle to stay away from it at times, but here are some helpful tips to help with keeping things relatively healthy over the silly season.

 If you are having a buffet, survey all the options before you start loading up your plate. This will help you choose your preferred options rather than loading up on everything at the start.

  • Choose a smaller plate.

  • Eat slowly and mindfully.

  • Choose non-food based gifts for friends and family.

  • Always add some veg to easily get those beneficial nutrients in.

  • Eat regular meals - if you let yourself go hungry, you are more likely to fill up on high fat snacks which can add up.

  • In a similar vein...beware of the cheeseboard! These can be very high in fat, but the amount we eat so easily slips away on us.

  • Give leftovers away.

  • If you are bringing a plate, make sure yours is the healthy one.

  • Remember there are extra calories in alcohol we often don’t think about.

Above all, enjoy the Christmas period and remove the guilt around any foods you choose to eat!

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT SOUTHLAND!

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

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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.

November 2018 Newsletter

BE IN TO WIN WITH OUR LOVE LOCAL SURVEY!

It is hard to believe that it’s just five weeks until Christmas.  It has been an extremely fast, but satisfying year for the Love Local team.  We are happy to have grown our positive impact on the local community and also look forward to continuing to grow in 2019. 

So that the busy Love Local team can charge their batteries, we will be closed for three weeks over Christmas.  Your final delivery for 2018 will be Wednesday 19 December, with our service recommencing Wednesday 16 January.  Remember you can pause your automatic payment over this period, but please ensure we have your payment 7 days prior to your next delivery.  If you are on holiday at other times over the summer, you can visit your Love Local account to pause your order, or send us the details at info@lovelocal.org.nz and we will take care of this for you.  We have a few customers that pause their Love Local delivery over the summer, as their home vegetable gardens commence harvest.  If this applies to you, keep in mind that we offer a Fruit Bag that can nicely compliment your home-grown vegetables.

We are currently running a survey, to ensure that we are meeting the needs of our community.  If you have not yet provided your feedback, we would appreciate you visiting https://goo.gl/forms/mqssOrCA011OfP8h1 to access the survey.  It only takes a few minutes and gives you the opportunity to enter the draw to win one month of free fruit and vegetables from Love Local.  To everyone who has already provided feedback – thank you.

During November we ran a Meal Plans and Recipes special offer, in which we have provided a plan and recipes for 5 main meals.  They were created from the contents of our Small, Regular and Large Bags, utilising the contents of most home fridges/pantries. 

The feedback from this has been extremely positive, so we are extending this offer into December.  We hope you have found this to be helpful and welcome any ongoing feedback.  

Stay Healthy

Louise Duffy,  Operations Manager

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LOVE LOCAL BAG AMNESTY

As 2018 is drawing to a close, we would like to thank our customers who regularly leave out their empty bags for us to collect. If you have some Love Local bags around home or work to return to us, can you please leave them out at your usual drop off point. Our last deliveries for this year are on the 19th December.

BARBIE MATES

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The humble summer BBQ can often become a bit of a meat overload, with a couple of token salads on the side.  At Love Local we love our veges, so encourage muscling a bit more colour onto the BBQ grill this season.  Let’s make veges the star of the show (or at least an equal co-star).

To help you with vege-based BBQ inspiration here are my top 4 vegetables for cooking on the BBQ.

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CORN: The trick to BBQing corn on the cob in its husk is pre-soaking.  If you put dry husks on the BBQ there is a risk they may catch fire, or burn, which is overdoing the smoky BBQ flavour.  Try soaking corn cobs in a bucket of water for about 15 minutes, then put them on your hot grill.  Turn them regularly for about 25 minutes.  Remove from the heat and peel off husks.  Serve with butter.  Alternately you can put unhusked corn cobs (such as frozen corn cobs) direct onto the BBQ, or cut into smaller sections and add to vegetable kebabs.

ASPARAGUS: This is one of my favourite summer veges.  Not limited to a boring steamed side, it makes a great addition to salads and is awesome straight off the BBQ grill.  Simply baste with a little olive oil, add a sprinkling of salt and pop on the grill for just a couple of minutes.  Remember they are not very thick so do not take much time to heat through and are best under, rather than over cooked.

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COURGETTES: The versatile courgette is normally yielding ferociously through summer, so it is a natural partner on the BBQ.  It is a great addition when sliced and added to a kebab, but like asparagus it is also delicious fried straight on the grill.  To grill I cut lengthwise, baste with olive oil and salt and grill about 3-4 minutes each side.

MUSHROOMS: Button mushrooms are another fantastic addition to vegetable kebabs or large flat mushrooms such as portobello are fantastic fried on the BBQ.  I just put them direct on the hot plate and cook about 5 minutes each side.  They go great with your BBQ steaks, or are a fantastic vegetarian burger option.  If you like a bit more flavour, baste mushrooms with olive oil and herbs, or with pesto before adding to the BBQ.

There are a number of other vegetables you can cook on the BBQ such as capsicums, leeks, potatoes and beans – even radicchio, endive and hearting lettuces can be given the grill treatment, so don’t hold back.  Happy BBQing!

 

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THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT SOUTHLAND!

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

Meal plans with Love Local deliveries in November

At Love Local we are passionate about encouraging people to eat more fresh, local produce.  We have a number of customers in Invercargill, Bluff, Edendale and Wyndham already enjoying our fruit and vegetable delivery service.

We want to help make it easier to get the best out of your Love Local bag, so through the month of November we are providing meal plans and recipes to utilise the contents of our weekly deliveries.

Vegetable bake, from this week’s meal plans.

Vegetable bake, from this week’s meal plans.

Each week we will email recipients of our Small, Regular and Large bags a selection of five main meals and accompanying recipes that use Love Local vegetables as a main component of the dish.  They can be put together using the contents of most pantries/fridges.

Because we know that different households have different tastes and budgets, the recipes will be written in a way that are easy to use, but flexible.  For example, we will make suggestions of a protein to go with a meal, but it is up to you if sausages or steak is more in line with your taste or budget.  Many of the meals will also be easily adapted as a vegetarian dish.

Love Local Ops Manager, Louise Duffy, with the contents of a Large Bag.

Love Local Ops Manager, Louise Duffy, with the contents of a Large Bag.

If you are not yet a customer, but would like to trial this service visit www.lovelocal.org.nz and click “Order Now” to sign up for a delivery.  There is no minimum time-frame to order, you can make it a one-off, or if you enjoyed the service you can arrange a weekly, fortnightly or monthly delivery.

Love Local is a charitable trust, with proceeds from your purchase helping us support those in need in our community with access to low cost fruit and vegetables.

October 2018 Newsletter

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LOVE LOCAL SPREADS THE LOVE!

The days are getting longer and it is great to get some sunny days.  Love Local has had a positive October, with our deliveries expanding into Edendale and Wyndham.  Thank you to Edendale School, who is acting as a hub for the community. We have also had a number of new customers sign up for our weekly delivery service, which is exciting, as we spread the Love Local message.  In conjunction with our existing deliveries in Bluff and Invercargill, it is great to share our service and community support more broadly.

Another highlight for October was the commencement of Koha Kai as a supplier of produce to Love Local.  As a fellow social enterprise, it feels great to be able to support each other’s ventures, which supports our community as well.  We are committed to supporting local growers and are excited by new growers in our area.

We have also been generating some interest across social media, with the creation of a video segment sharing ideas for utilising the contents of your Love Local delivery each week.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook if you would like to keep up to date with this.  We may have some interesting new developments, in this vein, so watch this space.  As always, we welcome any suggestions for other content you would like to see.

We are committed to improving services for our existing customers, as well as developing our support of the community.  Please look out for and participate in our survey that will be out next month.  It is open to both customers and non-customers and we really value your time and input.

Thanks for your support. 

Louise Duffy, Operations Manager

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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 Wendy Bailey. 

What is your role with Love Local?

I am a newbie volunteer with Love Local and help pack the bags on a Wednesday morning.

What is something people are surprised to find out about you?

I like keeping up with interesting/different new music. I read that 70% of people stop listening to new music after the age of 30 so miss out on a wealth of new talent. If you’re interested then check out artists like Twenty One Pilots, Crippled Black Phoenix (reminds me of a NZ-group called Battle Circus), and Skinny Hobos.

How long have you been involved with Love Local? 

I discovered them online a couple of months ago and started ordering a regular bag after Louise called in to answer my questions.

What led you to be involved?  

Love the concept of sustainable living and that includes supporting local growers where possible (Love Local!!), being part of a social enterprise that cares for social and environmental impacts, and supplying vibrant foods that fuel our bodies.

What is the most rewarding? 

 Working with a passionate and dedicated team that are making a difference

 What is your favourite saying? 

 I studied environmental and sustainability papers in 2005-2006 and only then realised the impact humans were having on our precious   Mother Earth. I found this saying for a Plants and People (Ethnobotany) assignment: “Toitū te marae o Tāne, Toitū te marae o Tangaroa, Toitū te iwi”—Care for the domain of Tane Mahuta (Guardian of the Forest) and Tangaroa (Guardian of the sea) and the land will sustain you.   Another favourite, “Everything is connected”.

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September 2018 Newsletter

BIG OR SMALL – LOVE LOCAL HAS IT ALL!

With Daylight Savings kicking off this weekend (Sunday 30th September), I hope you are all ready to “spring forward” and enjoy the longer evenings.  We have completed our spring-clean of the Love Local website, now with a brand new format.  If you haven’t checked it out yet, be sure to visit www.lovelocal.org.nz.  We hope the fresh new look and brighter layout is more appealing and resonates better with the Love Local brand.  You may have noticed that we have set up a separate page for recipes.  Watch this space, as we are working on some plans to enhance this aspect of Love Local in the future.

As well as making our website more accessible, we have also been busy working on making our charitable Healthy Whanau bag scheme more accessible to our community.  Thanks to great feedback from some of our social agency partners, as well as our customers we are pleased to announce that we have added a smaller option to our below cost Healthy Whanau bag offering.  This small size bag is suitable for individuals or couples and is just $10.  We still also have our family sized bag, for just $17 available.  In order to qualify for our Healthy Whanau scheme you must have either a Community Services or Supergold Card, or be experiencing hardship.  Please contact us (info@lovelocal.org.nz or phone 03 928 5073) to find out more details. We also have a number of partner agencies that support our Healthy Whanau bag scheme, so if you are interacting with Age Concern, Barnardos, South Centre, Nga Kete, Awarua Whanau Services, Eastside Baptist Church or SIT, they have sign up forms available. 

Sticking with the accessibility theme, we are also delighted to be able to offer a weekly delivery service to Bluff.  This will be delivered to The Eagle Hotel each Wednesday.  Thanks to the team at The Eagle Hotel and the Awarua Development Transport Initiative for making this possible.  If you have friends or family in Bluff, please be sure to let them know that they can enjoy fresh, local (where possible) produce delivered to their town.  Again, this can be set up by contacting us or visiting our website. 

Thanks for your support.

Louise Duffy

Operations Manager

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MEET THE TEAM!

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One of Peter’s favourite photos – a great past time!

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

Where were you born?  I was born in Suffolk, England. When I was eighteen I happened to come across this beautiful country called New Zealand. I liked the place so I stayed and made it my new home.

What led you to be involved?  I got involved with Love Local when someone asked me “What are you doing on Wednesday?”

How long have you been involved with Love Local?  Since that initial introduction, I have been part of the Love Local team for over five years. 

What is your role with Love Local?  I am a volunteer.  My role is to help pick up the fruit and veggies from our local suppliers, packing and delivering to the consumers. 

What is the biggest challenge in being part of the Love Local team? The biggest challenge in being part of the Love Local team is trying to fit cabbage, cauliflower, swede, silverbeet, potatoes, carrots, pumpkin and onions into the bag, but wait, we also have the fruit to fit in!

What is something people are surprised to find out about you? People are surprised that I'm able to pack so much fruit and veggies in a single Love Local Bag!

What is the most rewarding? The most rewarding thing about being part of the Love Local team for me is knowing each Love Local Bag customer in turn supports a Healthy Whānau fruit and veggie bag.

What are your hobbies?  Some of my leisure activities include photography, ukulele, kapa haka and reading.

What is your favourite saying?  One of my favourite sayings is He waka eke noa - "A canoe which we are all in with no exception." It’s like we all live in this time and place together, and need to look out for one another.

A FRIENDLY REMINDER for our happy and healthy customers to please leave any 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

Fun Times with Vegetables! 

Veggies have a stigma of being boring. Maybe
that’s because we usually cook them in the same
old ways.  This month’s column is to get you enthusiastic about using your Love Local veggies and try something different with the way you use them in your meals.
For those fussy-eaters you can hide them, or make them the central focus of your dinner plate. 

Do something crazy - I dare you!

·         Add pureed veggies (cauliflower, pumpkin, carrot) to a cheese sauce for a hidden veggie mac and cheese.

·         Layer leafy greens into your lasagne.

·         Grate broccoli stalks into your meals.

·         Make cauliflower rice/couscous.

·         Use beetroot liquid when cooking rice to make it pink.

·         Add frozen cauliflower into your smoothie.

·         Add pureed veggies like pumpkin or beetroot into pizza dough.

·         Use cabbage or lettuce instead of wraps.

·         Make a chickpea chocolate cake.

·         Grate carrot into your porridge. 

This is just some inspiration, (Chef Google can help you with the ins and outs of any recipe). We would love to hear about any innovative ways you have used your vegetables during the next month!  Feel free to email me lauren@lovelocal.org.nz with dietitian-related questions or if there’s something you’d like to know more about.

CROP SWAP

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The Pod, Cnr Ness and Grace St, Invercargill, Southland

Saturday 13 October 2018 10:00am – 11:00am

Crop Swap Invercargill brings together backyard gardeners, home bakers and food foragers for swapping and sharing high quality local food. Crop Swap is not limited to just produce, but also; plants, flowers, seedlings, honey, herbs, eggs, preserves, jams, baking, manure, gardening books, magazines, planting containers etc.   It is a chance to come together as a community in the spirit of sharing. Gather your goodies together and come join us! This event is free, simply bring along something to share. 

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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 Invercargill residents 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.

August 2018 Newsletter

SPRING HAS ALMOST SPRUNG!

Wow, August is almost over, which means spring is just around the corner.  It has been very mild and it is a bit of a treat to see all of the early daffodils and other plants in bloom.  The early flowering has brought a great bunch of hungry tui to our yard, which we really enjoy.

While spring is a great time of year, it is a down season for many of our growers, as the last of their winter produce is harvested and they prepare their beds for the new season planting.  This seasonal variation impacts not only us, but all sellers of produce, with prices of our local goods increasing over this period, as the supply becomes more challenging.  You may notice a slight impact of this in your bags, but we will continue to do our best in providing you with a great value, wholesome selection of produce over this time.

On the operations front we have been doing a bit of work this month in rebuilding our website, so watch this space as we look forward to launching a fresh new site.  We are also spending some time thinking about how we can improve our service, and increase the appeal of Love Local across Invercargill.  We welcome your feedback, so please contact me:  louise@lovelocal.org.nz if you have any feedback or suggestions.

Stay healthy

Louise Duffy

Operations Manager

 

REDUCE YOUR FOOD WASTE

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Would you like to reduce your food waste but don’t know where to start? There is a free online coaching course from ‘Love Food Hate Waste New Zealand’ that will take you through it step by step.

The average Kiwi family throws away the equivalent of three shopping trolley’s worth of edible food every year.  That’s a lot of food, money and resources going to waste.

This free five-week online coaching course will take you through the basics of reducing your food waste, one step at a time.  Each week you will be sent an email with easy changes you can make to reduce how much food and money you are wasting.

By the end of the five weeks you will have covered all of the major actions that you can take to reduce your food waste – from meal planning to what to do with food waste that can’t be eaten.

Visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.co.nz to sign up or find out more information.

A FRIENDLY REMINDER for our happy and healthy customers to please leave any 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.

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LOVE FROM LAUREN

 Food Prep 'Life Hacks'

As Sunday night arrives, the week can appear rather daunting...if only we could add a few more precious hours! There's probably enough 'on your plate' to think about - let alone any meal preparation or planning what you are going to eat that week! 

To combat a weeknight panic, Cam and I have found ourselves taking an hour or so in the weekend to prepare food for the week ahead. Here are our favourite food prep ‘Life Hacks’:

·         Make a soup (great for lunches and dinners!)

·         Chop carrots and leave in water in the fridge (great snack or afternoon tea!)

·         Make a batch of hummus (great for sandwiches, a dip for snacks etc)

·         Roast some nuts and seeds (great for breakfast or snacks)

·         Chopped veggies (ready to be thrown into a dinner)

·         Roast vegetables (great for a work day snack or side dish/salad)

·         Cook up a batch of rice (great for dinner combos - fried rice and veggies)

·         Boiled eggs (great for a lunch/snack)

·         Portioned meat in zip lock bags in the fridge (makes a weeknight dinner less daunting!)

I would encourage you to think about what things you could prepare in the weekend to ensure you have quick meals and snacks ready to conquer your week! Believe me, it's a great feeling to know a bit of the preparation work is done already on a tired weeknight.

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

PREPARE YOUR GARDEN FOR SPRING!

It is now time to clean out the glasshouse, compost bins and dig over the vege patch.  Clean out any old veges that might be harbouring slugs and snails otherwise they could attack your new plantings.  Time to tidy up the garden shed, sharpen your tools and your lawnmower might need a bit of TLC.

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT INVERCARGILL!

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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 Invercargill residents 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.