Farmers’ Market site hailed a success
Any jitters about the new Nelson’s Farmers’ Market venue along the Maitai River have eased, with the first day there hailed a success.
The market, which sells locally grown and made produce, set up stalls for the first time at the riverbank site, off Paru Paru Rd, on Wednesday.
In July, organisers were served an eviction notice from Morrison Square, which had been home to the market for the last eight years, by landlord the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC).
The market committee approved the Maitai Boulevard site last month, after Nelson City Council declined the committee’s request to move to Buxton Square, saying the Buxton Square car park was not a ‘‘long term solution’’.
The market has been home to local produce growers for the past eight years.
Farmers’ Market manager Miriam Clark said she was delighted with turnout on the first day, with many regular visitors making it down to the new site.
‘‘All the food stalls sold out, a lot of people came down for lunch.’’
Three new food stalls and a coffee cart had set up at the riverbank venue, which hadn’t been allowed at Morrisons Square due to competition restrictions.
While the opening day had tem- pered her initial nerves about the move, Clark hoped the success continued.
Farmers’ Market committee chairman Andrew Lowe said the day was a success.
‘‘A number of stallholders were very happy with how the day went.
‘‘The weather was kind, and being school holidays there seemed to be a lot of people around.’’
Donna Theobald from Brookfield Free Range Eggs said it went ‘‘a lot better than expected’’, with takings similar to those at Morrison Square.
‘‘It went really well, we had a lot of regular visitors,’’ she said.