July 2021

About De Molen.

De Molen has been part of the Foxton community since 1997.

The story of De Molen's inception is well known, however, it's completion only came about with generous support from far and wide and now De Molen serves to attract new and returning visitors, supporters and locals to Foxton and surrounding areas.
The Foxton Windmill Trust is charged with keeping the Mill turning and employing local staff and volunteers at De Molen and also at Cafe De Molen. 
 
Some numbers:
Employed staff: 17
Volunteers: 10
Visitors:
2019 - 37,000
2020 - 29,646 (Yay Covid!)
2021 - January to June 21,352 

Visitor numbers to date are a minimum manual count to climb De Molen, we thank everyone who visits and contributes to keeping De Molen turning.

Volunteers Lunch

During June we were delighted to be able to host our crew of Volunteers that support us at De Molen, Cafe De Molen and Big Dutch Day Out.
The food was crafted by Murray and his team at Cafe De Molen and included, savouries and sweets
Like many organisations our Volunteer group are very important to us and provide us with support, guidance and cultural expertise that allows us to bring the Dutch experience of the complex to our guests.
Our Volunteers often work quietly in the background for a few hours a week when they can spare the time.
De Molen began with a group of Volunteers who dared to dream big and many Volunteers have shared that dream over the years and continue to support us unselfishly still.
We are  eternally grateful to you all and look forward to working with you in the years to come.
We are always open to having volunteers coming on board and if you wish to be involved and have the skills we need, along with a bright a cheerful disposition and are used to working with the public and can spare a few hours a week then Contact Sandra at De Molen.

Website

We have a new website.
We have updated the look and added on line shopping for all the stuff dutch people and increasingly everybody is loving.

We have so many customers from around the country that will now be able to see what is happening in our community and sneak a few droppies or bags of stone milled flour home via the courier.
 

You can click HERE  to view or click on the link at the bottom of this page.
We would love to hear what you think .

Destinationz

We recently hosted Madeline and Dean from" Destinationz" tourist magazine for lunch and a tour of De Molen.
Destinationz magazine is delivered to over 90,000 homes around the greater Wellington area.
De Molen is showcased in the magazine as a great destination to visit while travelling along the Kapiti-Horowhenua coast.
We managed to fill our guests up on Pannenkoeken and the Millers breakfast at Cafe De Molen and then covered them in flour and lard while they climbed all over the workings of De Molen.

You can enjoy the review HERE .

De Molen Lights.


De Molen has had led lights added to the tips of the sails.
We acknowledge the generous support of HDC in having these installed in time for the light show celebrations of Matariki on July 16th.
We are also having the spot lights refurbished after 20 years to continue to light De Molen after dark and brighten our corner of the world.

Puanga Matariki
Night Lights Over Foxton on July 16th from 5.30pm will have a Light show on the side of Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, Kites that will be lit up in the sky and food trucks on the grounds.
Cafe De Molen will be open for refreshments.
Of course De Molen will be open and lit up for all to see.

Lets Bake!

Olie Bollen (Deep Fried Doughnuts) 


Traditional at New Year this mix is easy to make (Just add water) and is perfect for celebrating Matatriki New Year. Start a new tradition this year.
 

Thank you to our Volunteer Yvonne Slykhuis for translating the instructions. 


Ingredients:
1 x Olie Bollen Mix Purchase HERE
500mls of water.

Prep:
Add contents and water into a mixing bowl and mix until you get a lump free batter.
Cover with a damp cloth for approx 40 mins to rise at room temperature.
Do not stir while batter is rising.

Cooking: 
Heat oil in a pan or deep fryer to 190degrees
Use a wet spoon or ice cream scoop to make a ball and let slide into the heated oil.
Turn after @ 2mins in a pan or @ 4 mins total cooking time.
Use a slotted spoon to remove from pan or fryer and drain on paper towels

Serve:
Best served warm with a dusting of icing sugar, or ice cream, or cream or caramel sauce or chocolate sauce or all of the above.....Lekker!

 

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