Farmers market delay

The Otago Farmers Market's plans to expand to South Dunedin have been put off until November, after organisers decided there was not enough time to get the market going this summer.

But farmers market trust chairman Rodger Whitson said yesterday the trust was planning a promotional market day in March or April at the Macandrew Rd site to give residents a taste of what was to come.

The trust got resource consent earlier this month for a Wednesday market.

The consent hearings committee ruled it would foster community wellbeing and encourage the sale of locally-grown goods within walking distance of the densely-populated suburb.

The trust plans to hold the market in the car park of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa, and had interest from 35 vendors.

With the success of the Saturday market at the car park beside the Dunedin Railway Station, organisers had started looking for a second outlet for vendors, and South Dunedin was chosen.

The market was originally conceived to run from November to April.

The trust had hoped to run a shorter season this summer but when asked yesterday when the market might open, Mr Whitson said the trust decided recently there was now not enough time.

With a traffic management plan and other conditions required under the consent, there was too much to do in such a short time, he said.

"We wanted to do it right.

"Some vendors are disappointed, but most could understand why [the market had been delayed]."

"Vendors would be approached to gauge interest in the one-off promotional day, which was "a strong possibility".


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