Mar­ket in sea­sonal change

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - HE­LEN KING, ASH­HURST COM­MU­NITY MAR­KET

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.

PHOTO: MARGI MITCALFE

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

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