THE BUSTLING MARKET
It must be a year or more since the Albert Street Market was in danger of having to move as the space that housed the stalls was about to be sold.
In the event the market stayed put. I amsure that I amnot the only one who heaved a sigh of relief when that became clear. That small piece of our city regularly provides a snapshot of the cultural and ethnic diversity of our population. This becomes very apparent when the market is in full swing. The cacophony of different languages fills the air.
Families doing their shopping abound. Mums, dads, with their children, some babies in push chairs, grandmas and pas There are those in their national dress who make a colourful display of the ethnic diversity of the shoppers.
Without the stalls there would be no market. The stalls abound with fruit and vegetables with prices varying for the same product. homemade rural bread, Maori breads, honey, and marmalade, and the like, all displayed to lure the marketers. The voices of those who bargain loudly can be heard if not understood.
Buskers both young and old entertain the shoppers.
David who regularly sells firewood at the market told me there are three distinct groups who come to the market regularly. The early risers from 7am, the late sleepers from around 10am, last but not least the students who need their sleep.
All in all the Albert Street market is a boon to our city and an enjoyable way to shop. Don Robertson, Palmerston North
The popular Saturday morning Albert St market.