The best of Horowhenua’s summer produce

As we move into the warmer months, we’re reminded why Horowhenua is often referred to as the North Island’s vegetable bowl. Our unique microcosm and fertile soils have given birth to a wealth of food producers, and we may be a bit biased but we think we have some of the best produce in the world. In this article, we'll introduce you to some of the remarkable contributors to Horowhenua's rich culinary landscape .

Berry Bliss


Embracing the essence of summer, Horowhenua offers an array of luscious berries, some of the juiciest you'll ever taste. From the plump blueberries at Waikawa Blueberries to the delight of hand-picking your own strawberries at Shirley's Strawberries, or savouring the juicy raspberries and strawberries from Lewis Farms, you can relish the freshest berries produced by local businesses.

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The Vege Haven 


The vegetables from Horowhenua are so exceptional that they often grace the stalls of Wellington's weekend markets. The Garden of York is your go-to destination for a diverse selection of fresh produce, while Manakau Market not only offers great vegetables but also some of the finest burgers you'll find. It's clear why Horowhenua's produce has such a well-deserved reputation .

From soil to table 


For those in search of standout ingredients, Horowhenua's food producers have you covered. Ōhau Gourmet Mushrooms specializes in delectable shiitake and oyster mushrooms that will elevate your dishes. Genoese provides a vibrant burst of flavour with its hand-picked basil pestos, adding a touch of elegance to your dinner preparations and local producers Heights Farms deliver farm fresh angus beef from their place to your plate .

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Enhancing Your Cheeseboard


If you're aiming to make your cheeseboard truly stand out at your summer barbecue, consider these delicious additions. Potter Brothers chocolates offer a tempting range of premium chocolates, from chewy caramels to pineapple chews, to satisfy your sweet tooth. For artisan crackers and rustic sourdough breads that are nothing short of addictive, make sure to try The Baked Dane and for small batch award winning chilli sauce, chutney, jams and more hit up Emoyeni Products.

Eating your way through Horowhenua

Horowhenua is not only a treasure trove of exceptional produce but also a haven for food lovers. Alongside these fantastic food producers, the region is home to a host of delightful eateries that promise an unforgettable culinary experience. So why wait? Come and discover the irresistible flavours of Horowhenua for yourself. We look forward to welcoming you to this food-lover's paradise soon!

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