Edesia Online Farmers Market Blog


Moreish Butchery Palmerston North - producers of the finest quality meats in the country. 

Moreish produce free range and/or organic meat, dealing direct with their farmers for complete traceability from gate to plate. 

They know and love all their farmers, the farmers love their animals and you will love their meat.

 Barb and Lloyd Fitzsimons began their family on a farm in Taranaki, living the Kiwi dream.  

In the winter the children helped with the farm and in the summer they spent their days building huts, swimming and eeling.   After moving to Palmerston North they decided that it was time their happy, free range, naturally reared poultry was available to everyone, so in 2009 Moorish opened their doors.

Very quickly things got busy and so Barb and Lloyd could stay focused on the farm, daughter Nicola wholeheartedly dived into managing the store.  Her attitude is “every problem has a solution it’s just a matter of finding it.” 

In 2010 Moreish humbly won “The Best New Business” award presented by “Her Business Network”.

With the intention of making their top quality products available to as many New Zealanders as possible, Nicola has grown the business.   This includes allowing Edesia Online Farmers Market make the organic beef and lamb, free range pork and Nitrate free bacon(s) available to order online.

Most recently Nicola has managed an extension of the butchery, from paperwork to paint, whilst mastering the juggling act that comes with a young family. (German Shepard included).

Nicola believes you are what you eat, and Kiwis would benefit from choosing less, good quality meat, rather than the large amounts we consume as a nation.   From gate to plate traceability is the only way to assure your meat is farmed with ethics and integrity.  The Moreish team take pride in knowing all their producers, their practices and certification.  This means your meat is genuine free range, stress free, and farmed without the use of hormones, antibiotics and GMO’s. 

Moreish game meats come from one of New Zealand’s few MAF approved farms, which assures that there is no contamination from DOC pest control methods such as 1080.

 Building on their success they now have a huge network of ethical and organic farmers that supply their family business.   They have sustained a substantial increase in demand and attracted attention from the most discerning clientele. 


The butchers are the foundation of the Moreish family team and with over 50 years’ experience, there is no exception to the finest quality assurance they give.  Presenting a large range of preservative free, nitrate free and gluten free specialty items that don’t skimp on flavour, they understandably take great pride in what they deliver.  

The sausages are made from pure meat herbs and spices, and don’t contain any fats, fillers or fakers.  This way you are not consuming plastic casing or disappointing ham flavoured dish sponge experience’s. 

Moreish Oxford Dictionary definition: so pleasant one wants to eat more. 

Carbon footprint is not just a word to this team.  They choose, recyclable and biodegradable where possible and actively recycle instead of send to landfill.

Some words from Moreish:

We believe the food you feed your family should be as naked and natural as the day you were born.  You should know what has gone into your food.  If you buy meat, it should be just that - meat.  Not that indecipherable stuff pumped full of additives or antibiotics.  It’s no good for the animals and it’s not good for us either.

 The lovely Nicola – when she is not working, she can be found either at the beach, on some ski’s or in the kitchen whipping up some foodie magic for her gorgeous boys. 


You can pre-order, for delivery, a selection of their best meats online here




The Ultimate Guide to Healthy Snacks

This post is by Claire Turnbull, a qualified nutritionist and all round health and fitness fan! Claire is an author, speaker and nutritionist in the media.

When we are hungry but not yet in need of a full meal – snacks come into play. Something to bridge the gap and fill the tummy until it’s time for something more substantial.

A snack is a mini meal, an opportunity to get a boost of nutrition to keep you going and help you feel good, rather than being a whack of unhealthiness. Here is a fantastic list of my favourite snacks, all healthy!

Claire Turnbull

NoShortcuts Chutney range available at Edesia Farmers Market

With a love of good, honest food, Mary Brons is the brains behind the artisan relishes and chutneys of NoShortcuts.

Mary Brons Noshortcuts

The brand’s name explains much of what it is about, and Mary quite literally takes no shortcuts when creating her beautiful products. With traditional methods and minimal ingredients, Mary achieves a taste that reminds us of the good old days where we needed no nasty additives to produce great flavour.

Why vegetables are the most important food group

You know your salad is big enough when you bring the bowl to the table and people react with shock and awe.Dr Alan Goldhamer, USA

Organic vegetables

Vegetables are the only foods that contain all of the following.

  • Fibre — to ensure your bowels evacuate regularly and remove the body waste.
  • Vitamins — vitamin C for your immune system and fat-burning.
  • Highly alkalising minerals — from boron to zinc.
  • Essential fatty acids — for lubrication, longevity, skin, internal protection.
  • Biophotons — plant-stored ‘sunlight fuel’.
  • Plantioxidants — antioxidants only available in plant compounds.
  • Prebiotics — to feed and strengthen your good intestinal bacteria.
  • Digestive enzymes — to break down your food for full absorption.
  • Proteins — for your cells, muscles, heart.
  • Carotenoids — that convert into plantioxidant protection in the body.
  • Chlorophyll — the ‘green blood’ of plants that cleans/rebuilds your blood.
  • Flavonoids — anthocyanins, flavonols, flavones, flavonones.
  • Polyphenols — incredibly important plant pigments that protect the systems of the body from almost all chronic disease.
  • Trace elements — such as selenium, the only trace element mentioned in the human DNA code.
  • Water, carbon, hydrogen and oxygen — all necessary for survival.
  • Phytonutrition, phytochemicals and unique plant pigments — lignans, sulphoraphane, DIM, isothiocyanates — all anti-cancer.

Why is organic produce so much better for you?

It may not look as shiny and the skin may not be perfect, but the nutritional value and the absence of sprays and hormones, means organic fruit and vegetables are much better for us and for the planet.

 Understanding how and why that is, gives us a broader food based knowledge that can help our overall health and wellbeing.

Organic Produce

  • Craig Hopkins
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Bostock's organic free range chicken now at Edesia Online

Our range of organic produce at Edesia just got even better! We are proud to introduce Bostock’s Organic Chickens as our new supplier of free-range organic chicken.

Raised in the sunny Hawke’s Bay, Bostock’s chickens live in a safe, happy environment among lush green grass. With freedom to roam and organic chicken feed to eat, Bostock’s chickens are healthy and stress-free.

Bostocks free range chicken