A community harvest
The recent Lavender Creek Farm Harvest reflects the community spirit harboured within the small Te Horo settlement. Not only with stallholders such as Barbara Harford-Silas of Te Horo Harvest, with her range of organic jams, sauces and chutneys, fresh from her Hautere Plains property, and School Road resident (and Te Horo’s Country Market mastermind/organiser), Barbara Chatters, with her stall of perennials, herbs, and plant seedlings, but also that the $10,000 collected during and after the weekend was donated to the local volunteer Te Horo Rural Fire Service.
Harvesting on the Settlement Road farm usually starts in January or February ( later than warmer areas like Hawkes Bay, where picking begins around December), and more than 1,000 visitors attended this year’s annual event, watching the entire harvesting process from cutting the flowers (using an adapted Japanese tea harvester) through distilling (owner, Susi White, talks visitors through the process), to the final separation of the essential oil and lavender water, ready for making into the variety of products Susi sells in the on-site shop. She has gained international recognition (such as the Australian Lavender Growers Association Award) for her organic products, including lip balm, eye gels, deoderant, shower gel and essential lavender oil, but she particularly enjoys making the various lavender soaps, also available in the shop.
An exhibition and sale of artwork by The Manakau Village Artists included artists Audrey Moore and Lynne Neustroski, but it was the Te Horo Rural Fire Service appliance on display that drew young ones (and those young at heart).
After rain and gales the proceeding day, the two harvest days took place in windless, steamy sunshine. Truly a local Te Horo festival, with “great weather, great volunteers – a great weekend.”
Te Horo Activities
Te Horo Country Market
The next monthly market is Sunday, 7 February, 10.00am till 12.30pm at Te Horo Hall. A new venture, ‘Second Hand Sunday,’ will launch stalls selling children’s toys, tools, and bric a brac. Folk interested in selling articles “are welcome to come and have a stall.”
The stalls are planned for the area at the side and rear of the hall (cost $5.00 per stall/car boot), “just bring your own table, gazebo, etc.”
For further information ring Barbara 021 0362064.
Te Horo’s community craft group meets at Te Horo Hall, Wednesday, 10 February, from 10.00am.
Te Horo Garden Group
Meets again for 2016 on Tuesday, 9 February.
Drinks and Nibbles
The community’s BYO evening on Friday, 5 February, 5.30pm at Te Horo Hall. Bring a plate of finger food to share and a drink for yourself.