Oamaru Farmers’ Market offers enticing summer fare

A big crowed at the opening of the Oamaru Farmers Market.
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 Waitaki electorate.

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 dried fruit.''

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.


Website: http://www.oamarufarmersmarket.co.nz/