UNIQUELY SOUTHLAND ARTISAN PRODUCTS
Look for these to take home or order online.
Jody and Blair Drysdale, arable farmers in Balfour, grow grains and oats for Harraways, peas for garden seeds, tulips and canola, and produce a fine array of hemp products including a nutty, flavoursome hemp oil which is perfect for salad dressings and drizzles. hopefieldhemp.co.nz
A family-owned business with a range of wild-harvest, small-batched, singlesource honey from Bluff, Fiordland and Southland, including the delicious white clover honey, creamed like the honey many Kiwis grew up with. mieleapiaries.co.nz
DAVIS DOWNS HAZELNUTS
At Makarewa on the city fringe, Donna and Andrew Davis grow a handsome orchard of hazelnut trees, producing a prolific crop for their kitchen products: hazelnut butter, oil, flour, granola, brittle, pesto and other sweet nutty treats. davisdowns.co.nz
AULD FARM DISTILLERY
Toni and Rob Auld are passionate arable farmers who grow oats, barley and wheat. The inspired gin collection produced at their distillery includes Ocean’s Keep (with an oat base) capturing flavours of Bluff oysters, Endless Fields (with a barley base) reminiscent of sweet hay and grassy aromas, and Summit’s Reach (a wheat base) encapsulating the clean, crisp mountain air. Look for their unique ‘Usquebaugh’ a Forgotten Single Malt Elixir, and Ageing Whisky Samplers. aulddistillery.co.nz
Bill and Sue French produce fine cuts of tender, grass-raised lamb on their Invercargill / Waihōpai farm, that are favoured by chefs and gourmet cooks around the country. Packs can be ordered online for chilled home delivery. leelands.co.nz
FAT BASTARD PIES
A must-stop in Invercargill / Waihōpai for James Owen’s astonishing array of imaginative pies, from classic mince and cheese to a ‘nude seafood’ number crammed with fish and shellfish in a creamy sauce. Join the monthly Pie Club for delivery of pies shipped fresh and frozen around New Zealand. fatbastardpies.nz
Also try Robbie’s Pickles in Gore for some award-winning pantry delights (robbies.nz) and Gathered Game’s venison charcuterie in Lumsden (gatheredgame.co.nz).
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