Ashhurst’s village market taking off
The region’s latest market has taken off with a hiss and a roar. The monthly Ashhurst Community Market was established in October last year and has been drawing local growers, artisans, craftspeople as well as customers in increasing numbers.
Every second Saturday of the month, the market sets up under the spreading oak tree on the Ashhurst Village Green. The landmark tree was planted at the beginning of the 20th century across from what was then the town’s post office. The historic building is now occupied by the library.
‘‘Yes, the tree is a real focal point,’’ market organiser for LEAP (Local society for the Economy of Ashhurst-Pohangina) Helen King says.
The stalls spill over into the com- munity garden next to the library, where RECAP (Society for the Resilience and Engagement of the Community of Ashhurst and Pohangina) members are constructing a cob bench to demonstrate a form of lowimpact, eco-friendly construction.
Things are picking up after a slight January lull, and last Saturday was busy before the heat set in. Helen says the biggest market day coincided with Christmas parade day on December 12.
‘‘We’re regularly getting 25 to 30 stalls and 80 per cent of them are from the Ashhurst-Pohangina catchment and show the potential of our small local businesses. There are plenty of talented people producing some unique stuff.’’
Adding to the atmosphere between 10am and 1pm every month are musicians, with caffeine hits coming from the Wetlands Cafe coffee cart.
Community market organiser Helen King under the landmark oak tree on the Ashhurst Village Green.