One of the things about living in rural New Zealand is the opportunity to enjoy beautiful fresh produce. Most people around here grow their own vegetables. We grow herbs – lemon balm, parsley, thyme, basil – and lettuce, tomatoes and zucchini. We’ve had grand visions of having a LARGE vege garden but that hasn’t eventuated yet.

Probably because we can buy fresh stuff at the local Farmer’s Markets on Sunday or because we are sometimes given homemade goods or veges. Like recently: as a thank you for allowing a young girl to ride one of my horses, I received a box of luscious produce plus some flowers from the garden; homemade tomato sauce and homemade chilli sauce. The tomato sauce is fantastic and it’s truly amazing how richer tasting homegrown veges are when compared to supermarket crap.

The area that we’re thinking of moving to in the North Island is well-known for its organic markets. I’ve already found a place where I can go to workshops and learn how to pickle and make chutneys and jams. Meanwhile, there’s plenty of veges and organic stuff around here to enjoy.