Grabbing that fresh feeling

Susie Hatherly and her son, Henry Hatherly, of Dunedin, enjoy being able to shop locally for...
Susie Hatherly and her son, Henry Hatherly, of Dunedin, enjoy being able to shop locally for fruit and vegetables at the Otago Farmers Market once again, following Covid-19 restrictions. PHOTO: PETER MCINTOSH
The Otago Farmers Market looked like itself again at the weekend.

Dunedin locals were happy they could once more shop local for their five-a-day foods, after Covid-19 Level 4 and Level 3 restrictions had forced the temporary suspension of the market.

The train station parking lot was lively, with more vendors and people compared to the previous Saturday, when it first reopened.

Musician A.J. Hickling, living up to his motto of inspiring people to "step out of the rush", played the piano and market-goers moved with the music’s calming pace, which was needed for people to maintain social distance as they moved through the market.

Henry Hatherly, who was buying fruit and vegetables from the stalls with his mother, Susie Hatherly, had lived in Thailand for the past decade, but returned to Dunedin as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

He said the best part about being back was being able to come to the farmers markets.

“When I think of Dunedin I think of these markets."

Stallholders were just as happy to be back.

Kevin Gilbert, of Gilbert’s Fine Food, said he had a good relationship with customers and it was nice to see them.

Serving a customer also involved catching up on how life had been over the past two months.

"It’s great to be up and running again," he said.

Jeff and Andrea Bruce, from Caithness Farm Produce, were also pleased to be back.

"People are enjoying having an event to go to and to socialise," Mr Bruce said.

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