Farmers’ Market site hailed a suc­cess

Nelson Mail - - NEWS - KATY JONES

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.

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