Ashhurst Market returns for summer
After a brief winter hibernation, the Ashhurst Community Market is back and about to kick off its second year.
Operating on the Village Green and library grounds in the village centre, 20 to 30 regular vendors are expected.
This year market co-ordinator Helen King said there will also be more edibles and local produce featuring in the mix.
‘‘We are sticking with our aim of showcasing Ashhurst and Pohangina Valley artisans and producers, with guest spots for others in the wider region,’’ King said.
‘‘We will also still offer two free spots on each market day for fundraising by local community organisations, and are pleased keep it affordable for sellers with some of the lowest stall fees in the area.’’
A sharing table will be in action for anyone to either drop off or to help themselves to excess garden produce. Popular last year, the sharing table was frequently stocked with fresh picked produce from the community garden behind the library.
Word has it this time that lovers of silverbeet would be well served by showing up early.
Live music will also be showcased, complementing the carnival atmosphere.
A special twist will be added to the November 12 market with a giveaway of a limited amount of the local Ashhurst and Pohangina valley currency.
The aim of the promotion is to familiarise more people with the community currency and also to reward the stallholders with a bit of extra trade.
Local currencies concentrate activity in the place where they circulate, and they could play a vital role if say a property bubble bursts, or the reduction in lending takes the national money supply down with it.
The December market will run in conjunction with the Ashhurst Christmas Parade. King said more promotions have been lined up for summer and autumn.
A venture of LEAP, the Society for the Local Economy of Ashhurst and Pohangina, Inc, the market runs from 10am to 1pm on the second Saturday of each month from Saturday, October 8 through to June, rain or shine.
For more information about the market or the local currency initiative, see http://loaves.org.nz or contact Helen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘‘We are sticking with our aim of showcasing Ashhurst and Pohangina Valley artisans and producers.’’ Helen King
The monthly Ashhurst Community Market on the Village Green is back from next Saturday.