‘LOAVES’ a ‘leap’ for Ashhurst market
Now in its second season, the Ashhurst Community market is keeping customers coming with its community feel and unique approach.
The market has 25 to 30 sellers a month offering a range of crafts, plants, great food, coffee, and live music. Sited in the heart of Ashhurst on the Village Green and in the Ashhurst Library gardens, it is a relaxed event, where customers have the opportunity to talk directly to the people who create their purchases.
The markets often have a special theme, usually seasonal or festive. The May market will see a celebration of harvest and produce, and the June event will be a midwinter Christmas celebration.
Overseen by the Society for the Local Economy of Ashhurst and Pohangina Inc (LEAP), its focus is on showcasing the talents of small local Ashhurst-Pohangina businesses and helping build local economy. The society is run by local Ashhurst and Pohangina volunteers passionate about the area and what it has to offer.
LEAP’s other ventures include the launch of a local currency known as ‘LOAVES’ - short for Local Original Ashhurst Voluntary Exchange System. Featured in national media the LOAVES concept is starting to gently circulate around the Village.
With a generous grant from the PNCC Local Initiatives Fund it’s hoped to soon publish a community business directory.
As LEAP chairperson and market convenor I am excited about the future of the projects, the popularity of the market and what this potentially means for Ashhurst. It’s a place where people can linger converse and enjoy, and where children are welcome and catered for.
There are a myriad of small businesses in Ashhurst and Pohangina offering quality goods and services. It is fantastic to have opportunities like the market and LOAVES to help these get exposure and to build community connectedness and relationships.
The next Ashhurst Community Market takes place rain or shine on Saturday February 11 from 10am-1pm. Entry is free with purchases by cash or LOAVES only.
Stall of Edible, a local Ashhurst business specialising in heritage fruit trees, at the Ashhurst Community Market.