September 2018 Newsletter


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

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.


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


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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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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 or phone us on (03) 928-5073.