Schoc Chocolates, Greytown

Posted on March 04, 2015 by Jo Freeman

From December 2002, owner Murray Langham has been operating Schoc Chocolates out of a tiny turn-of-the century cottage, in gourmet Greytown’s main street (the original confectioners shop) making sumptuous hand-made chocolates and operating a small Chocolate Therapy studio.

With 60 flavours in the Schoc tablet range alone - there is a chocolate that is perfect for you. Urban Harvest is currently stocking 5 different flavoured tablets (ginger, lemongrass, tangerine, coffee & walnut and rose dark) but will add to these over the next few months  - if you have a special request for a particular Schoc flavour, please do email me at jo.freeman@urbanharvest.co.nz and we'll add it to our next order.

The chocolate beans for Schoc chocolate are sourced from Tanzania, Java, Papua New Guinea, Cuba, Ecuador, Grenada, Dominican Republic, Ghana, Trinidad, Madagascar and Sao Thome. Chocolate from these gourmet beans has a minimum amount of sugar added for flavour enhancement. Importantly, all Schoc's growers are treated fairly and respectfully. Schoc believe in sustainability improving farmer livelihoods and doing business responsibly. So you can feel good next time you pop a piece of their chocolate in your mouth!

The flavourings in Schoc chocolate tablets are organic, where possible, and sourced locally. No extra sugar or any preservatives are added and only whole and real flavours used. The base chocolate is hand-crafted using classic techniques.

We're very excited to have Schoc Chocolates on board as part of the Urban Harvest family. For more information about Schoc, please visit their website here. To pop a Schoc tablet in your bag, click here

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Cameron Harrison Butchery & Delicatessen, Wellington

Posted on November 11, 2014 by Jo Freeman

Cameron Harrison Butchery & Delicatessen was established by Rob Cameron and Simon Harrison in 2009.

This year they received not just one but two gold awards at the 100% NZ Bacon and Ham Competition. It's official; Cameron Harrison make the best ham in NZ and they do it the old fashioned way.

With 20 years butchery experience under his belt, Rob Harrison doesn't cut corners. He starts with the best ingredients and prepares every ham, and all their other products, with time care and attention. And you can taste the difference. 

Cameron Harrison have two retail shops in Ngaio & Kelburn Village and make all their product at their Wainuiomata factory.

And now they're teaming up with Urban Harvest to extend their local community a little further so you can get a full range of their lamb, free range chicken, pork, beef and smallgoods delivered to your door anywhere in Wellington or the Hutt Valley.

For more information about Cameron Harrison, visit their website here or like them on Facebook here

To order some Cameron Harrison products, click here.


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Montfoort Stroopwafels, Wellington

Posted on November 10, 2014 by Jo Freeman
Montfoort makes delicious Dutch fare, using honest ingredients, traditional methods and carefully crafted recipes. 
As the daughter of a Dutchman, Eloise van Wynbergen was raised on a strict diet of stroopwafels, licorice and speculaas. Not to mention the expertly crafted kroketten and appeltaarts that her kiwi mother whipped up with ease! After a trip to the motherland and experiencing the goods first hand, Eloise was convinced fresh is best.
And so along came Montfoort. With a simple, yet exciting mission: To showcase the best of Dutch street food using honets, fresh ingredients and traditional methods, while keeping it inventive and fun. 
Every weekend you'll find Eloise & Andrew at the local Wellington markets with something different but always delicious on offer. 
And now we're lucky enough to have their Stroopwafels online. These classic Dutch biscuits are filled with a gooey spiced caramel - and a few secret spices for good measure.  Best sampled after popping them on top of your favourite hot brew to soften up, Montfoort Stroopwafels are the perfect treat to share around the office, offer as a wee "thank you gift", to send in a care package or simply to have delivered to your doorstep to enjoy in solitude!
For more information about Montfoort and their stroopwafels, visit their website here. To order some stroopwafels now, click here.

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Lewis Road Creamery

Posted on November 04, 2014 by Jo Freeman

Lewis Road Creamery are on a mission. To create the worlds best dairy produce right here in New Zealand. And we think they're well on the way to achieving their mission!

The team at Lewis Road Creamery are all about quality over quantity and take their dairy produce seriously. They began with a little Dutch churn in a converted shipping container in Lewis Road, Bay of Plenty, and now have a dedicated creamery at Mangatawhiri. Their range of milk products are all certified organic by AsureQuality and are free from permeate. Their happy cows are not fed palm kernel expeller (PKE) and produce a milk that is rich, creamy and provides a "from the farm gate" taste experience. The difference in taste is truly remarkable.

Lewis Road Creamery Organic Milk comes in four varieties – Non-Homogenised, Homogenised, Light and Calcium Enriched Low-Fat (a mix of Jersey and Friesian milks). Each product is housed in a retro-inspired 100 percent recyclable milk bottle through which you can see what you are drinking and how much is left in the bottle.

For more information about Lewis Road Creamery, click here to visit their website.

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Fish Factory, Wellington

Posted on October 08, 2014 by Jo Freeman

In the 1970s, George Katsoulis, an innovative Greek Romanian immigrant, opened a small retail fish shop in Cuba St Wellington called the Fish Factory, supplying locally caught fish to Wellington residents along with traditional kiwi fish & chips. The Fish Factory was the first fish shop to offer crumbed fish to customers in Wellington. Since then the Fish Factory has evolved, moving away from retail in the 1990s into the wholesale supply of fish to supermarkets and some of Wellington's best restaurants.

But the Fish Factory is still a family business and remains true to its core philosophy of sourcing the freshest fish from local fisherman for its customers. Butterfish is sourced from two Wellington fishermen, Blue Cod from the Chathams, line caught Groper from near Motuaka and Snapper and Tarakihi from Gisborne and elsewhere in NZ. Fish is caught using a variety of methods both long line and trawling. But in every case the priority for Stefan from the Fish Factory is to ensure the fish reaches the end user in the best & freshest condition possible

To ensure you get the freshest fish available, fish will be filleted & delivered to you as soon as possible after being caught. This means that Stefan from the Fish Factory might not know what fish is available until the Sunday before your Monday delivery & well after the Thursday order deadline. So please note your fish variety preferences in the delivery instructions and we will do our best to ensure you receive the fish requested. You can order fish in 200g portions, boned and with skin off. A normal adult portion of fish is around 150-200gms and for a child is approximately 100gms.

Make sure you add some Fish Factory fillets to your Urban Harvest bag. You won't be disappointed... it is so fresh you can almost taste the sea!

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