Paula Southworth

Nutritionist and Health Coach

BSc Nutrition and Sports Science

Massey University, Auckland

New Zealand

Farmers Markets:  


  • If you are in the Nelson area this Sunday Market in Motueka is definitely worth a visit. It runs each Sunday from 8am – 1pm at the farmer market Decks Reserve  Carpark, Wallace Street, Motueka. 


Fresh Produce Delivered to your Door:

  • Foodbox  for farm fresh fruit, veggies & meat delivered to your door. Free delivery to homes in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Mount Maunganui, and Whangaparaoa.  They also deliver to Waiheke with a small delivery charge.
  • Ooooby (Out Of Our Own Backyards) – local, organic and conventional fruit & veg. Currently only delivering in Auckland and the Waikato.  A not-for-profit business owned collectively by its members.
  • The Organic Connection – they deliver organic fresh fruit & veg to all areas of the North Island including Auckland (all areas), Wellington, Hutt Valley, Kapiti Coast, Wanganui, Wairarapa and the Manawatu.  Prices include delivery charges.
  • Fresh2U – a convenient and cost-effective weekly delivery service providing fresh organic fruit, vegetables and more, to the top of the South Island.
  • Garden City 2.0 – locally produced, organic food delivered in the Canterbury region.

‘Pick Your Own’ Farms & Orchards : 

  • Pick Your Own Produce Farms – list of farms & orchards where you can enjoy a day of picking your own fresh produce.  Look for farms closest to you.

Organic Shops:

Gardening clubs and communities:

  • Yates New Zealand Index
  • Have a look at My Garden under ‘directory/shop’, then scroll down to the ‘community and information’ link where you will find a list of local garden clubs.
  • Ooooby gardening community – If you're a keen gardener, or just want to learn how, then you can chat to thousands of other food gardeners on this site about anything from how to make great compost to worm farms to swapping seedlings.  If you are interested in growing food for a living or you would like to earn some extra income if it's your hobby contact Ooooby at  They are a not for profit organisation that is owned by it's members and always pay a fair price for produce.  Ooooby members are part of the food revolution that is building massive momentum every day. Millions are returning to their own backyards and embracing the once declining skill of food growing.  Ooooby is a lifestyle choice with the goal of eating the bulk of our basic foods fresh from our own local area.

Gardening help: 

  • Eden Living  - where the lovely Maria can help you get started with your own veggie garden and she will even come to you!

Gardening Books:

  • Andrew Steen's Grow it Yourself Vegetables – If you thought growing food for you and your family was too hard, pick up Andrew Steen’s book and get ready to be surprised. Andrew shares his life-long passion for home-grown products and his outstanding gardening knowledge. An A–Z of the vegetables best suited to New Zealand gardens.

Olive Oils:

  • Rockhaven Oil – local (Dairy Flat) olive grower, high quality cold pressed extra virgin olive oils.

Recipes Books I recommend:

  • Jamie Oliver’s 15 minute meals
  • Dr. Libby’s Real Food Chef
  • Dr. Libby’s Real Food Kitchen
  • Revive Cafe Cookbooks - there are 5 in the series.

 Interesting Videos:

  • Jamie Oliver’s TED Talk – Why it's so important for children to learn about food.