We’re proud that the fresh vegetables and meat we serve up in Pitango’s soups and meals are sourced locally from small farmers and growers in our native New Zealand. In this way we help support the farmers and growers who produce such high quality vegetables and meat using environmentally-friendly methods.
We love working with our farmers and growers, many of whom we have been in partnership with for up to 15 years.
Check out some of our farmers and growers below.
LAWSON’S TRUE EARTH
Lawson’s True Earth have been involved with Pitango since its inception over 15 years ago. They were the original supplier of carrots, onions, potatoes, pumpkins, leeks and blueberries. They now supply over 175 tonnes of carrots, pumpkin and potatoes annually.
Scott Lawson and partner Vicki Meech are committed to growing quality Bio-Gro certified organic berryfruit and vegetables, on the outskirts of Hastings in Hawkes Bay. They are currently one of the larger producers of certified organic berry fruit and vegetables in New Zealand, farming 80 hectares. Pioneers in their field, they started as a one man band in 1992 and became certified organic in 1994.
The Pitango carrots they grow are a selection of varieties that are chosen for the best flavour and quality for the time of year that Pitango needs it. An example is the variety Miami, which costs the Lawson’s more to grow, and Pitango more to buy, but it comes out tops in the taste test, which is why they grow it and why we love using it in our soup!
Kaakaakariki Organics (Whitfields) have been supplying Pitango for ten years with organic pumpkin carrots and potatoes.
At the start, they supplied around 50 tonnes of both pumpkin and potatoes each season. Over the years, quantities have increased significantly due to high demand for Pitango. They now supply over 250 tonnes of pumpkin, potatoes and carrots each season.
Kaakaariki Organics (Brad and Dave Whitfield) is a father and son run farm. They have about 60 hectares of certified crop land based in Hastings, New Zealand.
The organic crops they specialise in are Potatoes, Buttercup Squash, Crown pumpkin, Supermarket squash, Butternut, carrots and Sweetcorn / Maize.
They have been growing organically for over 16 years and are certified with Assure Quality. They decided to move into organics because they believed that there had to be a better and safer way to grow vegetables. They also wanted to improve the quality and structure of the land.