Market in seasonal change
Autumn brings changes for the Ashhurst Community Market. On May 13 and June 10, the market moves lock, stock and craft works to the Village Valley Centre with a new time of 12pm to 3pm.
Overseen by The Society for the Local Economy of Ashhurst and Pohangina (LEAP), the May market will be a special event celebrating the harvest, with a myriad of stalls, activities for children and competitions celebrating produce and creativity.
Competitions are open to all residents and include the categories of best painted rock (for children), best decorated cake, biggest pumpkin, best jam, jelly or preserve, and best pickle or chutney. All competitions will be judged by popular vote and multiple entries are possible.
Autumn and its harvest have brought new initiatives to the market. Among them has been the successful launch of a grower’s co-operative, where locals can bring excess produce so it can be sold on their behalf. Pip fruit, pumpkins, cucumbers and walnuts featured last month, with the promise of further goodies this month.
Offering the opportunity to many local businesses to showcase what they do, in a relaxed and enjoyable Saturday morning community setting, regular sellers include businesses such as award winning Cartwheel Creamery, Ellicott’s Fudgery, One Dainty Daisy Jewellery, and a range of crafts, plants, coffee and delicious food.
While nearing the end of its season, enquiries about market stalls and competitions can be forwarded to Helen King on ashhurstcommunitymarket@gmail or call 027 918 4855.
The monthly Ashhurst Community Market on the Village Green is back from next Saturday.