Mar­ket with vil­lage flavour

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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 take­care.leanne@gmail.com.

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.

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