The best kind of markets are the local ones, the ones where you know the produce is homemade, fresh, and in most cases organic. So save money and give back to your community by buying local produce this year.
Sunday, 8:30am to 12 noon
Situated on Hobson Avenue, Kerikeri, the Bay of Islands Farmers' Market supports growers and producers from all over Northland. The stallholders are either the owners of the business or someone who is involved in producing the food being offered for sale, meaning they can answer questions with in-depth knowledge and passion for what they’re selling.
Thursday, 2:30 pm to 5pm
The Village Green in Paihia also hosts a weekly farmers’ market where you can buy a range of all natural, often seasonal products, sourced directly from local farmers and growers.
Saturday, 9:00am to 1:00pm
At the heart of Matakana Village you’ll find this farmers’ market rain or shine. With hot and cold produce, local musicians and friendly faces you can easily spend all morning here.
Sunday, 8:00am to 12:30pm (except the 1st Sunday of every month, when the market closes 11.30am)
Orewa Square plays home to the traditional community farmers' market of Orewa. Producers and growers of the Rodney District offer farm fresh organic produce, flowers, plants and herbs.
Sunday, 10:00am to 1:00pm (closed for winter months)
Waiheke Island’s farmers’ market is more than just a food shop, it’s an outing. Stalls provide homemade jams, pickles and preserves, an array of local cheeses and many more tasty delights.
Saturday, 9:00am to 12 noon
This friendly local market, situated in Oratia’s Artisan Wines vineyard, has a substantial range of goods from fruit and vegetables to jams and conserves, bread and flowers.
Saturday, 8:00am to 12 noon
Located in Cambridge Town Square, this local market sells only the freshest produce and happily supports the sustainability and viability of farming in the local region.
Sunday, 9:00am to 12 noon
The Taranaki Farmers’ Market can be found in front of the post office on Currie Street. You’ll find various stalls selling pickles, preserves, honey, fresh and smoked fish, free range eggs, cheese, bread and oils.
Saturday, 8:30am to 12:30 pm
Fresh from Wairarapa paddocks to Wairarapa plates: locally produced vegetables, herbs, cheese, wine, free range eggs, flowers, plants, artisan products, Arabica coffees, olive oil, cider, organic meat, beer, and more, all on sale at the historic Solway Showgrounds.
Saturday, 8:30am to 12:30pm
For Wellingtonians in search of the best quality fresh food, this market at the Cathedral of St. Paul in Molesworth Street, is the place to go. Goods for sale include: free range eggs and meat, super-fresh fruit and veges, gluten-free baking, wine and cider.
Sunday, 6:00am to 2:30pm
Why not get up early on a Sunday morning and head to Te Aro for some of the capital’s best produce, direct from the farmers? With more than 30 stalls, this city market is bound to have something that takes your fancy.
Thursday, 3:00pm to 5:30pm (Marketplace Forum) Sunday, 9:00am to 12 noon (A&P Park) (closed July – September).
If you’re looking for free range eggs, fresh fruit and vegetables and community spirit, look no further than Marlborough Farmers’ Market.
Wednesday, 12noon to 4:30pm April to September
Nelson Farmers’ Market understands and advocates the importance of environmentally friendly, locally grown food that is ideal for the community and reasonably priced. This farmers’ market takes place all year round.
Saturday, 9:00am to 12 noon
The Christchurch Farmers’ Market can be found every Saturday at Riccarton House & Bush. The aim of this market is to provide education on nutrition, whilst ensuring the food production has a focus on quality, so that it is fresh, healthy and tasty produce.
Thursday, from 4.30pm to 6.30pm
Pembroke Park plays host to Wanaka’s very own farmers’ market. The stallholders involved sell a wide variety of quality produce and products; fresh fruit and vegetables (some organic), chutney’s, preserves, honey, fresh fish, free-range eggs, cheese, bread, oils, wines and lots more.
Saturday, 10:30am to 12:30pm
Renowned for being the only 100% organic farmers’ market in New Zealand, this farmers’ market is well worth the visit if you’re living green. If you’re a grower you can bring your produce along and sell it, free of charge. The organisers also have a swap arrangement, allowing you to exchange your spray free produce for something else you may need.
Editorial by Stevie Hopwood
Updated 27 March 2012
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