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.