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hawkes bay farmers market new zealand

6 Farmers Markets To Visit In New Zealand

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It’s actually not making too much of ourselves to say that New Zealand is a foodies paradise, and all over the country farm gate markets are the torch bearers of that freshness, quality and artisan dedication. Our farmers markets are all about freshness, provenance, community and sustainability and there’s something deeply rewarding about being able to have a conversation with the person who grew or made the food that you are about to eat. 

These markets also reflect the community and the area that they come from, with all the colour and seasonality that this implies. Shopping here is not about the transaction but more about the relationship with the seller and the fact that you can learn something about their product makes the experience so much more than shopping in a supermarket. Not only can you buy produce and ingredients, but all our markets come with amazing ready to eat food offerings, which if you are anything like us, you’ll find near impossible to resist. So here are 6 of our favourites.

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La Cigale Farmers Market

If you’re ever having difficulty getting to France to do your shopping, there’s no need to worry. Just go to Auckland’s La Cigale Market and you’ll be there. Voted New Zealand’s best food market 8 years in a row by Metro Magazine, La Cigale is a one of a kind beast with its Kiwi/French fusion vibe, the freshest produce and amazing food. A feast for the eyes as well as the palate, this market showcases the finest products from New Zealand artisan producers as well as from overseas. There’s plenty here to inspire your cooking in the camper on the next level or to make you give in to temptation and eat right there on the spot.

www.lacigale.co.nz/

Whangarei Growers Market

If Saturday morning ever finds you sauntering around the North Island, what ever your state of mind, you’d be wise to give this a look. Whether you are feeling fit, or working off last night’s exuberance, a crepe and coffee will do the job that needs to be done. This market draws around 4,000 people every Saturday and if the sensational food isn’t enough you can mix that up with some plants and rock and roll.

facebook.com/thewhangareigrowersmarket

Hawkes Bay Farmers Markets

Even in the context of New Zealand, Hawkes Bay has a fair claim to having been touched by the beauty stick, where plentiful sunshine and a long growing season work their magic on wines and all manner of other produce. Not to be missed, this regular Sunday morning event has over 70 stalls offering local produce, breads, pastries, sauces, salads and much more while you can relax with a coffee and listen to local performers.

www.hawkesbayfarmersmarket.co.nz/

Otago Farmers Market

When they come from down south and say, “open every Saturday rain, hail or shine” you know they mean it. That said, no amount of rain could ever take the lustre from this market’s stunning array of food that has had them voted Best Farmers Market in New Zealand. In a world of farmers markets, Otago can claim to be a “genuine” farmers market because most of the produce actually comes from the local area. Run as a charitable trust this also has a strong educational emphasis.

otagofarmersmarket.org.nz

Riverton Farmers market

Markets don’t come any more committed and grassroots powered than Riverton, which is the most southerly farmers market in New Zealand. Open every Saturday in the Riverton Environment Centre in Palmerston St all the produce is organic and comes from within 75km of the market. It’s a small but really high quality market that lives large. Well worth a quiet kombucha and a careful look.

facebook.com/rivertonfarmersmarket

Remarkables Farmers Market

Sure we all know about Queenstown for skiing and bungee jumping but, for foodie camper home travellers there’s a lot more to it than that. The Remarkables Market is one of those things. Set amidst 360-degree mountain views it’s a mellow mix of produce, food and the work of local artisans. Nothing not to like we say.

remarkablespark.com/community/remarkables-market/

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