July 2018 Newsletter


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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


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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.”



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.


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.