A big crowed at the opening of the Oamaru Farmers Market.
Hot and hungry visitors to Oamaru's historic harbour are in
store for a treat at the farmers' market, open every Sunday
from 9am until 1pm.
A twilight market trades on December 23 from 5pm until 9pm in
lieu of Christmas Day trading.
New Year's Day trading hours are from 10am until 1pm. The
markets normal hours are every Sunday between 9.30am and
1pm on Tyne Street in the Oamaru Harbour area.
The market on the corner of historic Harbour, Wansbeck and
Tyne streets gives space to 31 vendors from throughout the
Oamaru Farmers' Market manager Metka Conlan says the extent
of the area stallholders travel from to market their
businesses ensures a great variety every week.
‘‘We have many new stalls now, especially as different
produce comes into season, and more still to come. It is a
great meeting place for locals and visitors to relax and
catch up,'' she says.
One vendor, Stan Randle of Harwarden Organics in Alexandra,
hopes to stock freshfruit ice-cream during the hot weather.
‘‘He is bringing organic pears and apples and he'll have
stone fruit and cherries and freshfruit ice-cream, juices and
Oamaru traders have been quick to get in on the action, too.
The Oamaru Pickle Company, run by Jen Wall, sells pickles
made in Oamaru with produce straight from the farmers'
market. ‘‘She has been coming to the market since open day
and buying all her produce, everything, from the farmers'
market,'' Mrs Conlan explains.
Since opening on September 11 this year, the market has
helped lift the area's profile.
‘‘There are huge development plans in action for the entire
Oamaru Harbour area, including a fantastic
steam-punk-inspired playground for kids. The farmers' market
is part of the grand plan to revitalize the area, as well as
bringing more people the Victorian precinct and its beautiful
shops and galleries.''
For further information, contact Metka Conlan, Oamaru
Farmers' Market manager, on (021) 253-3427.