In true Canterbury fashion, we call a customised 40 foot shipping container our home. The beauty of having our own dedicated space means that we can 100% guarantee that there is no gluten, eggs, dairy or meat in the kitchen. The container is parked in a large garden in Fernside, North Canterbury with beautiful views out the windows of native bush, a Granny Smith apple tree and a pool for a welcome lunchtime dip on a hot summer's day.
Barb and Andrew Warren (Julia's parents-in-law) started the Ohoka Farmers' Market in 2009. Each and every Friday local artisan producers, growers and crafts people congregate at the Ohoka domain. The range of produce is seasonal and superb. In summer, there is an abundance of veges and fruit, complemented by breads, fish, organic milk, organic chicken, plants and crafts, plus of course ready to eat food such as that which Make it Raw offers. The winter offering is a smaller affair but the brazier works wonders and there are people selling woollen hats and gloves in case you are caught out. We are so happy to be part of this market as we believe that where you spend you money is your vote for the kind of place you want the world to be. This means supporting local growers and producers who eliminate food miles, who can assure you the quality of their product and who care for the soil and the interconnectedness of organic systems. The Ohoka Farmers' Market's mission is to make a difference at a local level by creating an alternative and fair food system which encompasses the growers and the customers.
ORGANIC FOOD HOUSE
The Organic Food House in Rangiora grew from a desire to extend the benefits of the market to six days a week. Run by Barb and her son Ed, it stocks the entire Make it Raw range alongside high quality organic fruit and vegetables, bulk ingredients and general groceries. The fresh produce is exceptional; it comes from a number of different growers, both local and nationwide but the majority of the fresh vegetables are grown at the Warrens' organic market garden, The Frost Pocket, located 10km from Rangiora.