Top Farmers Markets to Visit this Summer
There is nothing better than fresh summer fruits and vegetables. And, sometimes food preparation can be difficult when you’re on the road. What if you could avoid the dairy and eat nothing but locally sourced foods and beverages? When you rent a campervan for your vacation, you have the freedom to discover all that the islands have to offer. Here are just a few of the top Farmers’ Markets you can find throughout New Zealand.
Starting at the top of North Island, the Bay of Islands Farmers Market has two locations. On Sunday mornings, you will find the market in Kerikeri, and on Thursday afternoons, head to Paihia. In each location you will find abundant organic and spray-free fruits and vegetables, fresh berries and homemade ice cream. Feast on artisan breads and local honey. Don’t miss the freshly roasted coffee and homemade fudge.
On Saturday morning you will discover foodie heaven at Matakana Village Market. This market features award winning wines, organic spiced hot chocolate and Puhoi cheese. Don’t leave your basket or bag in the motorhome, as this is a zero waste market. Stroll through the stalls with your cuppa and listen to the live local music while your kids explore the rustic treehouse and natural playground.
The oldest and most popular market in Wellington will provide you with plenty of options. On Sunday mornings you will find everything from fresh fish to confectionary, farm fresh eggs, cheese, chutneys and flowers. When you’re hungry and don’t want to cook, enjoy the delicious hot foods available. Parking can be a challenge in Wellington, but the market offers one hour of parking for $2.
The founders of this market fell in love with Paris more than 20 years ago, and have made it their mission to inject a french flair into the kiwi marketplace. Stroll among the stalls to experience mouthwatering sights and intoxicating smells. On Saturday mornings you will find local foods right beside cured meats, specialty chocolates and french cheese.
Sustainability and natural living is the key for stallholders at the Nelson market. Freshly baked bread, raw food, yoghurt, organic fruits and vegetables and bacon are among the delicious offerings. Smoothies, goat milk, and kombucha are a few of the healthy beverages available. Visit Nelson on a Wednesday morning to taste this wide variety of natural food.
This market is kid and pet friendly and loaded with locally grown produce and homemade goodies. Enjoy fresh hummus, whitebait, family and individual sized pies, and olives among many other items. Saturday mornings bring this neighborhood together at the market and the nearby playground.
No matter where you take your motorhome on the islands, you are sure to find a wealth of locally grown and homemade delights at the many farmers’ markets. Rent your next campervan at Mighway.com and meet amazing people, and enjoy all the bounty New Zealand has to offer you.