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.

July 2018 Newsletter

SPREADING THE LOVE LOCAL MESSAGE

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I can’t believe July is almost over and winter well through.  We have loved being out and about in our community throughout July, spreading the Love Local message.  The Matariki Festival on 7 July was a great day out, so thanks to everyone that helped put it together.  We also enjoyed three fantastic days at SIT last week, welcoming the new semester 2 students to the campus.  Remember, students are entitled to below cost fruit and vegetables from Love Local, so be sure to tell any students you know to get in touch with us.  

To bring a bit of joy to winter, we have decided to make this week (23-29 July) Kale Week.  At Love Local we love kale and want to help share the kale love.  Kale is a great year-round vegetable, but is especially good in winter, as it is very frost resistant. It maintains great quality when some other leafy greens deteriorate.  Packed with vitamins, antioxidants, iron, calcium and even protein, what’s not to love?

To help you on your kale loving journey, in this newsletter we have included some recipes and tips for using kale. Be sure to follow our Facebook page for giveaways and other kale related news this week.

If there is another vegetable, or fruit that you would like us to showcase in the future, please let us know at info@lovelocal.org.nz

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 Lauren Richardson.

What is your role with Love Local? I am a trustee with my husband Cam.

Where were you born?  I was born and bred in Invercargill.

What are your hobbies?  Cycling both on and off road, skiing, exploring the outdoors, music and jamming with my ukulele.

What is something people are surprised to find out about you? We literally live across the road from the same house I grew up in!

How long have you been involved with Love Local?  Just over one year.

What led you to be involved?  Cam and I have had a dream to ensure healthy eating is accessible for all people, and we stumbled across Love Local.  Immediately we knew that we wanted be involved.

What is the biggest challenge in being part of the LL team? Managing full time work and not being able to do more to grow Love Local.

What is the most rewarding?  Knowing that we are providing a service that helps people to eat more healthily and that most of the produce is grown locally – super cool!

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

ALL HAIL KALE – QUEEN OF GREENS!

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If you haven’t tried kale yet, now may be the time!

Kale is packed with nutrients and can help boost your wellbeing.  It is one of the world’s healthiest foods and is a good source of vitamin C and iron.  Well known as an ingredient in smoothies, below are a couple of other basic recipes featuring this wonderful leafy green vegetable and also some tips for using kale.    

Kale Chips

Kale chips are all the rage!  Carefully remove the kale leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite-sized pieces. Drizzle kale pieces with olive oil, season, and bake at 175 degrees C for 10 minutes.  Bake until the edges brown slightly, but be careful, it’s really easy to let them go too long and burn them.  Burnt kale chips are not pleasant, but perfectly baked they’re yummy!

Kale Salad

1 bunch of kale cut into bite-sized pieces, ½ cup lemon juice, 1 tablespoon canola oil, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon white sugar, salt & pepper for seasoning,
1 segmented orange (or cherry tomatoes) and ½ cup roasted sunflower seeds.

Mix all ingredients together for a delicious healthy meal.

TIPS FOR USING KALE

Kale freezes really well – just rip off the leaves into smaller pieces, put in a plastic bag/container and pop in the freezer!  You can pull out the amount you want anytime, so none of your kale goes to waste!  Kale makes a tasty addition to stews, spaghetti bolognaise, or try it mashed in with potatoes!

Kale pieces are fantastic on pizza – you can put them with meat on your homemade pizzas, OR add a bit of a gourmet flavour to a frozen supermarket pizza (who’s going to know you cheated?)  Believe us, you’ve got to try kale on your pizza.  You’ll love it!  Anything you’d put silverbeet or spinach in or on, just substitute it with kale.         

June 2018 Newsletter

AN ACTION PACKED JUNE FOR LOVE LOCAL!

 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.

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

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 Sara Westbury.

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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 Food, Hate Waste Week

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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 (www.wastenet.org.nz). 

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 (www.lovefoodhatewaste.co.nz).

LOVE FROM LAUREN

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

May 2018 Newsletter

LOVE LOCAL TURNS FIVE!

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

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

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

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April 2018 Newsletter

SO MANY REASONS TO CELEBRATE!

  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

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 https://bit.ly/2H72zPm or email louise@lovelocal.org.nz 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

MEET THE TEAM!

 Operations Manager, Louise Duffy

Operations Manager, Louise Duffy

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.

LOVE FROM LAUREN

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

WE ARE COUNTING DOWN TO LOVE LOCAL’S 5TH BIRTHDAY!

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!

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!

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.

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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.  

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