Hokowhitu market a popular event
The Hokowhitu Village Famers Market has taken off, and if you haven’t been down to the village green, off Albert Street, then its high time that you did.
This quant village has a secret quadrangle surrounded by local businesses which is well supported by locals, and the word is spreading rapidly.
The Facebook page and word of mouth can take most of the credit for that.
The Farmers Market is held on the third Sunday of each month, and specialises in wholesome, fresh produce along with a huge variety of prepared foods as well as an enticing array of baked treats and a mouth-watering selection of freshly cooked foods.
It’s not only the fresh food and produce that attracts the market goers, but the third Sunday of the month is also a great time to catch up with family, friends and neighbours as well as enjoy a relaxing breakfast, brunch or lunch to the accompaniment of talented young, and young at heart, Manawatu musicians.
Regular produce available includes local cheeses and olive oil, honey, fresh fruit and heirloom vegetables, Foxton’s Foxy sausages, Portobello Mushrooms, clotted cream fudge, cordials and chutneys, relishes and pickles.
Also on offer is authentic Afghan food cooked up by the local Afghan community and fresh baked goods from Bread Loafer and Alexandre Patisserie, who are now offering freshly cooked crepes made to order as a delicious breakfast treat.
As Hokowhitu Village Farmers Market coordinator Robin Fischer says organisers have endeavoured to retain the original idea of the market being food and produce only.
‘‘Though we try to have only one of each type of produce stall, or stalls which will compliment one another this is proving to be a challenge as there is a fantastic amount of producers wanting a permanent stall at each market.’’
It wasn’t hard to find last Sunday’s market, with bunting lining the street, compliments of Palmerston North City Council, giving the area a carnival atmosphere, and if you missed the October market your next opportunity to enjoy the experience will be November 20.
‘‘While we are more than happy with the response to the monthly markets, due to demand from both market goers and stall holders, we will be holding two markets in December; on the 4th and 18th, this will give people the opportunity to stock up on their favourites in time for Christmas, maybe buy some sweet treats as presents as well as sample the increasing range of seasonal produce that the many stall holders are bringing in for sale,’’ says Robin.
With the onset of warmer weather, new seasonal produce that market goers will be able to savour include asparagus, strawberries, raspberries, duck eggs and the popular range of produce from the Heritage Veg stall.
Robin says the number of stallholders has grown steadily since their first market back in March, and they now regularly have up to 40 stalls each month.
The stall holders are not only from the local region but some come up from Wellington and Kapiti while another stall sells coconut milk yoghurt made in Auckland.
Hester Guy Catering now has a regular stall, and Woody Free Range Farm Pork from Kapiti and Stewart Island smoked salmon are always popular destinations.
The market is not only great for the community but it has also helped provide much needed funds to help cover the costs of running the Hokowhitu Community Centre as well as raising the profile of the centre, along with promoting the various businesses within the village.
‘‘We want the market to be about the community and we also want to encourage local musicians, especially some of the many talented school students, to come down and busk.
‘‘Anyone who wants to come down and play their instrument can just give me a call and I’ll try to fit them into our schedule where we can,’’ Robin says.
With only three market days before Christmas, make sure you get down to Hokowhitu Village so you don’t miss out on the fabulous fare and the family friendly market atmosphere.
If you want to find out more about having a stall or entertaining the crowd, give Robin a call on 027 2836853.
Palmerston North Boys’ High student Ronan Carroll captivates the market goers with his stylish saxophone playing.
Rowena from Alexandre Patisserie prepares a freshly cooked crepe for a breakfast treat.
Authentic Afghan food, prepared by women from the Afghan community, is always a popular choice for a tasty brunch.