Hello long weekend, it’s Waitangi Day on Monday, also back to School for all.

It being a long weekend, we’ve been asked if we’ll be open. The answer is of course Yes.

We’re open on Sunday, rain or shine, so come on down to the market and bring your friends.

Summer fruit is always popular, some are for the early birds only, as quantities can be scarce, due to all the rain during flowering season. Other varieties are in good supply, so take your pick. The plums are amazing, as are the peaches and nectarines.

There will be German style sourdough, with Annette well enough to bake again after a brief absence due to a cactus sting. Pedro is taking a short break, but Boom Chef Fran is back, Gourmet Deli and with Peter the Swiss Butcher and Long Acre Farm, we’ve got you covered for breakfast, brunch and lunch ready to eat options. Just remember to take them outside the market arena to consume.

We do have an important policy change to mask wearing, here’s what you need to know.

Change of Mask policy

With Omicron circulating in the community, the market has adopted a No Mask, No Entry policy for everyone. We hope that you understand. We don’t want to have an incident where people become unwell. This is a protective measure which, as before, also means No Food or Drink to be consumed within the market arena.

For people who cannot wear a mask, but wish to purchase items from the market, we’ll have people take your order at the entrance.

We’re hiring

We’re still looking for two awesome people to help us set up, break down and manage the traffic. We have two vacancies as both of our super trooper, fit young people are leaving us for University.

You will need to be fit and strong, can follow instructions and show initiative. We need your help to set up and break down the market on a Sunday, then do traffic patrol during market hours. The hours are approximately 6.30 – 7am until 12.30 -1pm, starting mid-February.

See you Sunday from 8.45am onwards.

From our stallholders

Isobel Olives

I would like to introduce Isobel Olives Healing Balm made with extra virgin olive. This Balm was carefully formulated with several other organic ingredients to provide a broad spectrum of therapeutic benefits to soothe, moisturise and heal damaged skin.

A complete formula can be seen on the website www.isobelolives.co.nz. As summer progresses good skin care is essential to avoid skin damage. For men it provides a great after shave Balm.

Use my olive oil to protect from the inside. Chris

FRUT4U Lowes Orchard 

Rachel and Andrew will be at the market this week with yellow Peaches, yellow Nectarines, new season Apples & Pears, Greengage Plums.

See you Sunday

Snailhouse bakery

The hand still hurts but I’ll battle through. I’ll be back this Sunday, rain or shine. Looking forward to being back after a little break with the tasty and healthy German style rye sourdough bread and the more French style sourdough country loaf, wheat free adventure bread, superseeded multigrain, cinnamon snails, sour cherry pie, Linzer Torte, chia seed crackers, sourdough crackers, breadsticks and coconut Pani Popos. There will also be Plaumenkuchen (plum cake) for a summer treat. Can’t wait to see you all again! 

Cheers Annette

Windsong Orchard

You’ll find a taste of Freedom at the Windsong Orchard stall this Sunday, their largest plum of the season, juicy and sweet. Also Luisa, Fortune, Hawera, Elephant Heart and Enigma. Something for everyone. 

SharpAs Tool Tips

Hole saws, as pictured, are readily available. It takes seconds to put a hole where you need it, for framework in the garden, kitchen or anywhere. Basically it is a saw, and like all saws if you keep them sharp. Sharp they do a better job and it extends the life of the saw. If you have these or any other tools or utensils that need sharpening, see me at the Farmers’ Market.

cheers Ron


The recipe of the week is brought to us via Leah from Mississippi Herbs, who spotted it on the Country Trading Co.

Leah sells zucchini and green beans, along with an array of herb plants and cut herbs for culinary uses.

Flourless zucchini wraps for a new inspirational way to use zucchini (courgettes) and you can fill them however you choose.

The author suggests hummus or guacamole base, layered with chopped cucumber, picked beans, coriander, spring onions, tomatoes, crumbled feta, spicy stir-fried beef or chicken strips.


  • 500 g (1 lb) grated courgettes
  • 50 g (1 3/4 oz) grated parmesan cheese
  • 25 g (3/4 oz) breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon spice (optional) of your choosing – Nigella seeds are great, so are cumin or chilli for a bit of a kick

For directions follow this link

mā te wā.

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