Market with village flavour
A growers’ market in Paremata will give ‘‘Ma and Pa growers’’ the chance to sell or swap their own fresh fruit and vegetables and come together as a local community.
That’s the message from organiser Leanne Pelabon as she tries to get word out about a venture she hopes will become a fixture in the Paremata/ Mana area. Starting this Saturday at Dolly Varden Beach car park, the weekly market is free for residents to participate in.
Ms Pelabon wasn’t sure how many stallholders would be on hand for opening day, but hopes it will grow over time, encouraging produce growing and healthy eating. She says the ‘‘ village mentality’’ should be embraced, with one person having something that another can barter or trade for.
‘‘We have an abundance of food in this community and we want people to recognise it should not go to waste. So we should share it around – I’ll be there with all this fennel I’ve grown, so that’s a start for me.
‘‘Mum and Dad can bring the kids down. It’s a great spot by the beautiful Pauatahanui Inlet and I’d love to see the community coming together in an environment like a market. Hopefully people will walk down, too, if we get some good weather.’’
Commercial growers are by invitation only, and non-profit organisation Te Rito Organics will also be selling seedlings and vegetables. Te Rito coordinator Steve Wilson says they welcome the chance to promote sustainable living.
Ms Pelabon says the market will run for three months to assess its viability.
The market runs from 9am till noon. Call Ms Pelabon on 021 2444 617 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
From small seeds: Paremata Growers Market organiser Leanne Pelabon with Te Rito Gardens tutor Sam Buchanan, left, and student Reuben Wilson, check some of their flourishing broad beans that will be on sale this Saturday.