Bring­ing fresh coun­try fare to Hokowhitu


Farm­ers’ Mar­kets are al­ways pop­u­lar, if not for the fresh lo­cally grown and lo­cally made pro­duce on sale but also from the so­cial as­pect of catch­ing up with friends and fam­ily, and The Hokowhitu Mar­ket is no ex­cep­tion. With more than 30 stalls and up to 700 vis­i­tors a time, the Hokowhitu Mar­ket has quickly es­tab­lished it­self as a pop­u­lar meet­ing place for not only lo­cals but for peo­ple from all around the dis­trict.

The Hokowhitu Vil­lage Farm­ers Mar­ket was the brain­child of Robin Fis­cher who was look­ing into ways of rais­ing much needed funds to help with the com­mer­cial costs of run­ning the Hokowhitu Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

‘‘While we re­ceive a cer­tain amount of fund­ing from the coun­cil, as a vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tion there is al­ways a short­fall when it comes to the on­go­ing costs of rent, rates and power. I saw the pos­si­bil­ity of hold­ing a mar­ket as a way of not only rais­ing money but also of cre­at­ing a so­cial meet­ing place for peo­ple in the area and pro­mot­ing the var­i­ous busi­nesses within the vil­lage,’’ says Robin.

The first mar­ket day was held in March and has since been held monthly on the third Sun­day of each month, with the next mar­ket day on Au­gust 21.

Robin says one of the ma­jor at­trac­tions is that the mar­ket is solely food re­lated and pre­dom­i­nantly lo­cal pro­duce.

‘‘We have lo­cal cheese and olive oil, foxy sausages from Fox­ton, fresh baked goods from Alexan­dre Patis­serie and Bread Loafer as well as fresh fruit and veg­eta­bles and pre­pared foods to men­tion a few. We try to have only one of each type of stall or stalls which will com­pli­ment each other.

‘‘Next month on Sun­day Au­gust 21 Hester Guy has asked to come down and have a stall where she will be sell­ing some of her own de­li­cious cui­sine.’’

Why has the mar­ket be­come so pop­u­lar? Well re­ally you only have to pop down to the next mar­ket day to see why.

‘‘It comes down to the stall­hold­ers on the one hand who see this as great op­por­tu­nity to sell their pro­duce, and to the lo­cals who have re­ally em­braced this op­por­tu­nity to buy fresh food and meet up with friends.

‘‘Af­ter the first mar­ket day the stall­hold­ers were re­ally im­pressed and re­alised quickly that they needed to bring more pro­duce due to the huge de­mand, and they have since re­mained com­mit­ted to these mar­ket days which is great for the peo­ple who come down be­cause they know what foods will be avail­able and where each stall­holder will be,’’ says Robin.

The mar­ket also en­cour­ages lo­cal mu­si­cians to come down and busk.

‘‘Any­one who wants to come down and play their in­stru­ment can just give me a call and I’ll fit them into our sched­ule where we can.’’ So if you’re at loose end on the third Sun­day of any month come on down and en­joy fresh food, lo­cal pro­duce, mu­sic and friendly faces at the Hokowhitu Vil­lage Farm­ers Mar­ket, and if you want to find out more about hav­ing a stall or en­ter­tain­ing the crowd give Robin a call on 027 2836853.

With a fan­tas­tic range of fresh and pre­pared foods, lo­cal sup­port for Hokowhitu Farm­ers Mar­ket con­tin­ues to grow.

The Hokowhitu Mar­ket fo­cuses on lo­cally pro­duced food.

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