Tak­ing Hokowhitu to mar­ket

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS -

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

PHOTO: RICHARD MAYS/FAIRFAX NZ

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.

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