For the Harvest restaurant team at The Marlborough Lodge, the story behind each and every ingredient used is critical to them confidently creating dishes that showcase our fantastic local produce.
Our philosophy of simple, fresh, local has meant that our team uses what is fresh in our gardens but they have also created great relationships with our suppliers, so they can confidently tell you where and how the products in our dishes were grown.
Those relationships now also work in the reverse where our suppliers understand what we are creating and are calling the team when they believe they have that one off item that would be perfect for us or simply letting us know when the first of the season is on its way. This means our menu is ever-changing; although never fear there will always be some Harvest classic favourites to be found.
As you would imagine our producers are critical to us to allows us to create our menus and in recognition of their efforts and our ongoing relationship with them we thought it timely to provide you with a little background on some of these fantastic producers.
Among the green rolling Moutere hills south of Nelson, overlooked by a wild mountain range, is a special pine forest underneath which grows a unique delicacy.
Neudorf Mushrooms is New Zealand’s first commercial grower of the Saffron milk caps species of mushroom, which grow among Radiata Pines that were planted in 2011 and infected with Porcini.
Growers Theres and Hannes, who have expanded their forest from 400 to 1,800 trees, also produce a range of other mushroom products, including an air-dried blend, and have a truffiere and chestnut orchard waiting to come of age. The couple supply their seasonal mushrooms, which are greatly weather-dependent, only to restaurants in the Nelson and the Nelson Farmers’ Market, and of course to The Marlborough Lodge.
Cranky Goat Ltd
Known for their award-winning artisan cheese, the family-owned Cranky Goat Cheese company makes their products using daily supplies of fresh goats’ milk from their herd based on lush coastal pasture in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds.
Cranky Goat’s diverse range of boutique products includes white rind cheese, semi hard cheese, feta, soft cheese and halloumi - each and every one handmade by owners Simon and Hellene Lamb, whose daughter Hannah also works for the company.
These uniquely flavoured cheeses, known for their creamy taste, are in high demand along with fresh Cranky Goat Milk. Their cheeses won a swag of medals at the New Zealand Cheese Awards, but the Lambs still find time to sell their products personally at the Marlborough Farmers’ Market on Sundays, and of course deliver them to us at The Marlborough Lodge.
Meaters of Marlborough
With a reputation for being the friendliest butcher in Marlborough, Mike Newman, owner of Meaters of Marlborough, is The Marlborough Lodge’s meat supplier due to his unfailing focus on quality and exceptional standards.
Meaters of Marlborough has been in business in Blenheim for more than 30 years and now has 20 staff, but despite this Mike, who has been in the trade since 1976, still makes a point of serving his customers personally.
Stocking a wide range of meats from organic chicken and free range venison to his famous gourmet sausages handmade from Canterbury pork and beef, Mike knows where every cut of meat is sourced, which means we do too - from paddock to your plate.
With our preference of using locally-grown produce first and foremost, The Marlborough Lodge uses Raeward Fresh in nearby Nelson to supply New Zealand fruit and vegetables.
Once little more than roadside stall, Raeward Fresh is now a South Island-wide wholesale and retail supplier of New Zealand-grown fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and dairy products.
Because they know where all of their produce comes from, we do too - and so will our guests.
Ora King Salmon
Sourced from the clearest freshwater springs in the world, and raised in the naturally stunning waters of the Marlborough Sounds, Ora King Salmon is any culinary chef’s delight.
Known for its elegant balance of sweet and umami flavours, its subtle creamy texture that is light on the palate and its many health benefits, Ora King Salmon has the wonderful ability to pair exquisitely with a variety of Marlborough’s other locally produced, seasonal ingredients, for a truly unique taste experience.
Because it is produced right here at the Top of the South Island, our supplier Terry ensures the Ora King Salmon that we feature on The Marlborough Lodge’s menu is always going to fresh and of the finest quality.
Ora King Salmon Carpaccio with Cucumber, Fennel & Mint
Keep an eye out for part 2 of our local produce supplier blog…