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Community Growers

Growing with care and attention to nature

At Mangawhai Growers Market, we’re all about supporting the community to buy and sell locally. Our vendors are all members of the Mangawhai community who grow fruit and vegetables at unbeatable levels of quality because it is fresh. Many of our growers are already known to you though the local markets, this is another way to stay local if you cannot make it to the markets or need a home delivery.

 

CAT Orchard | Chris & Trudy

Avocados & Avocado Oil | Citrus | Fruit and Veg

Chris and Trudy (the CAT in the name) are growing avocados, citrus and more up on the volcanic soils of the Tara. Lots of experimentation with permaculture, syntropic agriculture and trying hard to live off the land.

Avocados comply with export requirements for spray but biological and organic pest controls are used wherever possible. All citrus and other produce is spray free.

GLOBAL GAP CERTIFIED for export.

Kaiwaka Food Forest | Andrea

Luffas | and more to come...

Andrea is working hard to develop a permaculture based food forest and has an amazing variety of food plants (and animals working together in a consortium.

Cove Olives | Wendy & Wayne

Olive Oil | Citrus | Veg

Cove Olives produces a 100% pure certified Extra Virgin Olive Oil from its own Olive Grove. To qualify for Olives New Zealand Certification, New Zealand olive oil must meet specific requirements. These include bottling and labelling standards as well as the chemical and sensory criteria that Olives New Zealand have based on the International Olive Council (IOC) standards for extra virgin olive oil.  

SPRAY FREE

Old Stone House Farm | Cliff

Bananas | Nuts | Citrus

Cliff has been farming organically for 30+ years and is a proper Mangawhai local with ~1500 trees and 120+ varieties of fruit, nuts and vegetables.
ORGANICALLY GROWN BUT NO LONGER CERTIFIED (due to cost)

Ginkgo Grove Garden | Jill & Alan

Parsley | Bay Leaves | Lemons | Rhubarb

Jill and Alan share a lifestyle block on Tara Road with alpacas, a goat, chickens, and their loved domestic pets.  Jill is a keen home gardener who has developed an orchard, good-sized vege garden and a small olive grove, as well as ornamental flower gardens on the property.  She and Alan like to cook seasonally with what they have in the garden and enjoy the satisfaction of living off their land as much as possible. No pesticides are used in the garden.

Kiwi Honey Bees | Rodney

Honey | Manuka, Kanuka, Bush, Clover

Rodney is well known in Mangawhai for his delicious honey from 200+ hives across 10 sites from Mangawhai to Kaiwaka. Rodney also sells hives if you are interested.

Ora's Farm | Ora & Itay

Mushrooms | fresh, pickled & confit

Ora and Itay, the directors of Ora’s Farm stumbled into farming a few years ago. After wanting a change in career, they bought a 12.5-hectare farm in the magical Mangawhai in 2016. Ora and Itay discovered when travelling around Europe, how prevalent mushroom farms are there, and the variety of mushroom types on offer. When they arrived back in New Zealand, they realised that only Button and Portobello mushrooms were easily accessible here, and they wanted to change that. Growing mushrooms is difficult; it requires patience, trial and error, and consistent results to grow the limited mushrooms strains that we have in New Zealand. However, Ora and Itay are committed to creating a sustainable, ethical, and honest business, growing 100% natural mushrooms.

Mangawhai Road Corner Paddock | Sue & Damian

Salads | Herbs | Green Vegetables | Potatoes

Mangawhai Road Corner paddock is located on the corner of Waiteitei Road, Silverhill Road and Mangawhai Road.
Specialising in salad, herbs and green vegetables for the last 11 years. We are lucky to have access to their delicious produce as normally this all goes to the Takapuna markets!

Renewable Foods | Alastair & Peter

Fruit | Veg | Salad Greens

Peter & Alastair are a father and son team investing in aquaponics as a sustainable way to grow nutrient dense food. Some of their produce is grown in raised beds alongside the aquaponics operation. All products are organic in nature, delicious and locally grown on a lifestyle block in magical Mangawhai.

ORGANICALLY GROWN (not certified).

Shed 7 | Caz & Tom

Avocados & Avocado Oil | Citrus | Honey

Another avocado orchard on the volcanic soils of the Tara run by a young family living locally and trying to grow lots of produce. Caz and Tom say they love living off the land and if they can share more of that food with the community then it's a bonus!

Shed 7 also has a drop-in stall where they sell their goodies, check the Facebook link for opening times.

GLOBAL GAP CERTIFIED for export.

Little Tart Bakery | Jen

Croissant | Cookies

Little Tart Bakery, originally set up on Waiheke Island, has now opened a Mangawhai kitchen and is excited to offer authentic croissants, pastries and viennoiserie to the local community. Hand-made from scratch in Mangawhai with New Zealand grown, spray free flour & free range ingredients. 

Many of you will be familiar with Jen's baked goods from the Mangawhai Community Market. This is a bit of an extension for the growers market but the baked goods are made right here by a talented baker who lives here so it makes sense and fits our principle of only offering what is self-grown or self-made so there is no middle man!

Little Tart is taking a break for a few months; we will hopefully see Jen back soon.

Poplar Glade Gardens | Justine & Andy

Citrus | Herbs

Justine & Andy are part-time and new(ish) to Mangawhai - keen cooks who love to make food for friends and family using produce from their small but much loved veggie garden and orchard. The are city novices who are loving discovering the bounty of goodness that’s been established over the years and are now adding to it.

Devich Road Tomatoes | Anna & Ernie

Tomatoes | Cucumbers |  Veg

Anna & Ernie are back growing the veg that we have come to love up in Devich Road. Many of you will know that they perfected the art of growing a tomato!


Grown under cover. No nasty sprays. 

Mangawhai Micros | Carol

Microgreens

Carol says she loves growing and eating her delicious greens, grown in Mangawhai Heads (MGM note: we have tried them - they taste lovely). These little beauties are grown naturally outside with organic potting and seed raising mix. There are no nasties or sprays used.
Triple washed in pure UV filtered Mangawhai rain water, they are ready to eat.
Add to any salad, meal or smoothie for a blast of nutrition, or eat straight from the pack!

Baldrock Road Orchard | Erica

Plums | Pears

Erica is a great example of the community sharing home grown produce. The property purchased in 2020 just happened to have a small orchard on it. Nothing intentional on our part, says Erica. Looks like the orchard is about 15 years old but had been neglected for the last 5-10 years so we’ve tried to give it some love recently, she adds! There are a few fig trees, a pear, some apples and a few plums and they've since built some raised beds for vegies for themselves (and us).

Seven Circles Farm | Kerry & Gareth

Eggs & more to come

Gareth and Kerry started Seven Circles Farm on Tara Rd in Mangawhai with the vision to grow food for people in their community. Keeping it small, and keeping it local. Coming from permaculture backgrounds, their emphasis is on feeding and growing their soil to get the best returns out of nature. Relatively new to the area, they have started with chickens while they get stuck in to develop the rest of the farm and orchard. The main focus for now is getting very fresh eggs direct to locals, so they are eaten at their best.

Their home orchard feeds the family - but stay tuned for surplus Luisa plums, guavas, apples and pears. Kerry is also passionate about flowers and will be planting a large section of cut flowers for next summer. Blooming marvellous! - Watch this space!

Gum Diggers Point | Rachael, Tom & Gail

Citrus | Chillis | Fruit & Veg  

Tom & Gail Williams have developed their kanuka and manuka scrub block over 20+ years, along with daughter Rachael & her family.  

Produce is grown using permaculture values and sustainable, chemical-free growing practices.  The growing operation only uses seaweed, comfrey (homemade) or worm tea to feed the plants and produce.