The lettuce is wilted and the kale is wilting and the cucumbers are wilting.
It’s a familiar scene at the greens market, but the salad is a fresh creation, made in a kitchen by one of the few remaining mii artists, a creative named Chopt.
Chopt’s creations are among the rarest in the region, and the salad’s rarity has made it something of a curiosity.
This summer, the market will have its first regular lunchtime sale.
There will be an assortment of fresh salads, as well as a few dishes that will be sold at a later date.
The vegetables, fruit, and herbs used in Chopts creations are all imported from outside of the United States, including from Australia and India.
The salads are available to order at the market.
Chopters food is always on the menu, but there are some special occasions that can only be experienced at his market.
One of these is the birthday of his sister, Taryn.
She died in February of 2016, and Chopt decided to make a special lunchtime lunch for her.
The market will serve as a memorial for Taryn, and it will be filled with fresh, tasty food from the garden.
The greens will be from the same farm where Chopt grows lettuce, and there will be a wide selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, along with homemade bread.
The fresh, bright salads will be served at lunchtime, with a wide variety of toppings, from the fresh cucumbers to the kale and lettuce, to a delicious buttermilk biscuit.
Taryn died from pancreatic cancer in 2016, at age 43.
“I thought, ‘What a way to celebrate her life,’ ” Chopt said of his niece.
Chiptos birthday is May 20, so Taryn will celebrate her 75th birthday on June 3, and he is planning to give a special birthday gift to her as well.
“When I told her she was going to be able to celebrate on her birthday, she said, ‘Oh, thank you, Chopt,'” Chopt told me.
“She said, it’s a gift for me.
It was the best birthday gift I ever got.”
Chopt was born in the United Kingdom, but he spent most of his childhood in New Zealand, and his family moved to Australia when he was two years old.
Growing up, Chopt was fascinated by the island country.
“We were taught how to farm, how to grow the vegetables,” he said.
“My dad was an apple grower and we would always go out and eat at the local farms.”
Chopts dad is now a teacher, but Chopt is more interested in making the salads, and they’re all made in his garden, in a small greenhouse in Tauranga.
He said he wants to create the freshest food he can possibly make, and to give people a chance to experience something unique.
“There’s nothing like it in the world,” he told me of the market lunchtime sales.
“You get all the ingredients and all the food is fresh, and then you take a trip and go to your local market.
I wanted to show people that you can actually make a salad, and not just get the stuff in your kitchen, but actually taste it.”
It’s not just about taste.
Chops food is also unique because it’s handmade.
It has to be made from fresh ingredients, like organic fruit and herbs, and even from the wild vegetables that are harvested.
Chootts sister, Chora, was diagnosed with pancreatic disease when Chop was three years old, and was sent to the Royal Victoria Hospital.
Her condition worsened, and she passed away in December 2016.
Chocht’s sister, who was never able to walk, died after falling and breaking her neck.
Toto, who had Parkinson’s, had her condition reversed, and is now able to work.
“The world is a little bit different now than it was a year ago,” Choott said.
He hopes that with the new lunchtime market, people will see the beauty of what he’s doing and can see the value in it.
“If people see it as something special, they’ll stop thinking about it,” Chopt explained.
“People are just taking a risk and having fun, and if you want to enjoy it, you can.”