Organics market returns
The Paremata market resumes this Saturday, a welcome return for people who are looking for organic fruit and vegetables.
The market started in October at Dolly Varden Beach carpark, off Mana Esplanade, with residents and schools invited to sell or trade their home-grown produce.
Market spokesperson Leanne Pelabon says it is a great way for the community to come together and, despite modest beginnings, is becoming more popular through word-of-mouth. The hope is to continue the market all-year round.
‘‘It petered out a bit in December but I think there will be renewed interest as people have more stuff in their garden this time of year. There is some bartering and a really cool atmosphere down there; it’s never going to be huge but a good chance for locals to come down and get some wellpriced goods, all organic of course.’’
An off-shoot of the market has been publicity for Te Rito Organics, a non-profit organisation – and seasonal grower – based at Porirua Hospital grounds. They offer horticulture training courses andan environment where students canlearn the skills of growing organic food.
The market runs 9am till noon.