California moves to improve conditions for small food producers
May 21st, 2012

California moves to improve conditions for small food producers

The California Homemade Food Act (AB 1616), more commonly known as the California Cottage Food Bill, has passed the California Assembly Committee on Health. The Act will make regulations governing small-scale food production friendlier, hopefully improving the artisan food production industry in California. By definition of the Act, cottage foods are those made in home [...]

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Keith’s Take: Who knows what is local?
May 8th, 2012

Keith’s Take: Who knows what is local?

Recent news items about local foods raise an interesting question in this age of demanding food fashions. First there was healthy food, then along came specialist health food, and then food for the dietarily challenged, who have an abnormal reaction to nuts or cheese or meat or gluten, while all the time newly adopted nasties, from saturated fats to sugar and empty calories, gave food choice an extra dimension of danger.

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Farmers’ markets get competition going
April 10th, 2012

Farmers’ markets get competition going

The competition for New Zealand’s favourite farmers’ market has opened for the 2012 season.

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New Green MP leads resistance to food bill
January 18th, 2012

New Green MP leads resistance to food bill

Green Party spokesperson on agriculture Steffan Browning today told foodnews that his party is requesting that public submissions on the contentious Food Bill be reopened.

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November 15th, 2011

Local food closes on US$8 billion in US

New data provided by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) puts the value of local food sales in 2008 at US$4.8 billion, considerably higher than food industry estimates.

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Christchurch Taste Events Mid-Week market is back
November 1st, 2011

Christchurch Taste Events Mid-Week market is back

The Market starts again this Wednesday, November 2, 4pm – 7pm, Riccarton House and bush grounds

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Marlborough producers on the chopping block this Father’s Day
August 30th, 2011

Marlborough producers on the chopping block this Father’s Day

Out Standing in their Fields presents the first live chef and producer cooking shows this coming weekend.

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Canterbury shakes up Farmers’ Market Awards
July 5th, 2011

Canterbury shakes up Farmers’ Market Awards

Canterbury-based growers and food artisans have been the big winners from the New Zealand Farmers’ Market Association’s first produce awards.

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April 14th, 2011

Easter trading different for Farmers’ markets

With less than two weeks until Easter, the Department of Labour is reminding retailers that they must shut their doors for two and a half days over the holiday period.

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“Pop Up” Farmers Market for Christchurch
March 17th, 2011

“Pop Up” Farmers Market for Christchurch

After hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in August 2005, the local Farmers’ Market was one of the first businesses to re-emerge. It became a symbol of the community’s resilience, a place for people to gather and support each other while they sought food and supplies.

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March 17th, 2011

FMNZ objects to Pak’nSave advertising campaign

In a press release on 17 March, vice-chair of Farmers’ Markets New Zealand, Jonathan Walker, made the following statement:

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September 13th, 2010

Farmers’ Markets on the way up in Scotland

In just a decade farmers markets have become a power to be reckoned with in the UK food business. New data released at the weekend by the Scottish Farmers Markets Partnership shows that farmers markets now account for 2% of total retail food sales in Scotland.

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