Taking Hokowhitu to market
What is it about markets? The long established Albert Street Market has been in the news of late with the mayor’s plan to move it to Broadway. While that looks unlikely to go ahead, there are plenty of other markets. Just a quick look at the weekly What’s On will find the Cloverlea & Palmy Farmers Market, the Rangitikei Street Sunday Market, and the Sanson Sunday Market. Ashhurst now has its monthly market; there’s the City Library hosted monthly Village Night Market (on this Friday night incidentally) and of course Feilding’s famous Friday Farmers Market.
If Robin Fisher’s plans come to fruition, starting on Sunday March 20, Hokowhitu Village will soon have a monthly Farmers Market of its own.
A co-ordinator of the Hokowhitu Community Committee, Robin has used his background and experience to pull together 16 stalls for the inaugural market in just over a fortnight’s time.
‘‘The idea is to generate business for the Village courtyard,’’ he explains. ‘‘People forget there are shops back here.’’
Surrounding the grassed area behind the community library are verandah covered areas where stallholders can set up without the need for an awning or pergola.
‘‘There’s room on the lawn for 17 food stalls offering artisan and organic produce. We plan to have buskers and music from local talent,’’ Robin says
Another idea is to have a community green swap where people can bring in surpluses of homegrown fruit and vegetables, and take away produce they don’t grow in exchange.
‘‘People can bring in their rhubarb and swap it for lemons . . . Whatever is left over we’ll sell to help upkeep the library.’’
Unaffiliated to City Library, the Hokowhitu Community Library with a donated collection of books and staffed by volunteers, has been going for five years now.
Timing for the new venture couldn’t be more auspicious, with Broadway’s Aberdeen taking over the former Village Inn Kitchen and refurbishing it as The Fat Farmer. That and several of the other surrounding businesses are planning to stay open every third Sunday of the month to complement the venture.
Produce stalls are just $20, and the market opens from 9am – 1pm. For details call Robin on 027 283 6853.
‘‘There’s room on the lawn for 17 food stalls offering artisan and organic produce.’’
Robin Fisher Hokowhitu Community Committee
Jayne Bergerson of Veronica Jayne hairdressing and Robin Fisher have plans to start a monthly market in the grassed courtyard at Hokowhitu Village behind the community library.