Ash­hurst Mar­ket re­turns for sum­mer

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - PHIL STEVENS, LEAP TREA­SURER

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 ash­hurst­com­mu­ni­ty­mar­ket@gmail.com.

‘‘We are stick­ing with our aim of show­cas­ing Ash­hurst and Po­hang­ina Val­ley ar­ti­sans and pro­duc­ers.’’ He­len King

PHOTO MARGI MITCALFE/ SUPPLIED

The monthly Ash­hurst Com­mu­nity Mar­ket on the Vil­lage Green is back from next Satur­day.

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