Auckland knows a thing or two about farmers’ markets. Sample cheese, sniff out the freshest fruit and veg, listen to some live music, carb-load at bakery stalls and see if your new boyfriend is husband material (real men don’t run from organic honey). For those resisting this wholesome morning activity, we’ve provided a cross section of Auckland’s best markets to keep you hooked. Here are eight Auckland farmers’ markets you should visit this weekend!
Clevedon Farmers’ Market
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and head south to the Clevedon Farmers’ Market. Aside from fresh fruit and veges, you’ll also find baked goods, handmade cheese, gourmet muesli, preserves and free-range meats. Be sure to arrive hungry because you’ll want to eat your way around the stalls. We suggest you start with a bacon and egg bap followed by a chocolate and almond cruffin (yes, that’s a croissant muffin hybrid). Wash down with a freshly made smoothie as you head-bop to the live music. If you’ve got kiddies in tow, they’ll love the pony rides—and the handmade Russian fudge!
Grey Lynn Farmers’ Market
Head on down to the Grey Lynn Community Centre on Sunday and you’ll find yourself at the Grey Lynn Farmers’ Market. The community-owned and operated market showcases local growers, farmers and fisherpeople from Auckland and beyond. The market has a focus on sustainability with the aim to become Auckland’s first zero-waste market—you won’t find any plastic bags here and all rubbish is sorted and composted or recycled. We’re particularly fond of the community trading table where backyard growers can swap or sell their surplus fruit and veg.
Oratia Farmers’ Market
There’s nothing more authentic than a farmers’ market held on an actual farm and Oratia Farmers’ Market is every bit authentic. You can kiss your weekly supermarket shop goodbye because you’ll find everything you need here. There’s more seasonal produce than you can poke a stick at as well as homemade bread, free-range eggs and piping hot pies. You’ll also be able to stock your pantry with delicious chutneys, hot sauces and spices. The market is held every Saturday morning from 9am.
Hobsonville Point Farmers’ Market
Hobsonville Point Farmers’ Market is so good it’s held twice weekly on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Located at the landing by the Hobsonville Ferry Terminal, there are stalls inside an old airplane hanger and outside on the surrounding platform area. With much of the market being held undercover, it’s the perfect market to visit when the weather is less than average. Let the musicians do their thang at this much-loved market while you cross off your shopping list and nibble on freshly baked treats.
City Farmers’ Market
There’s no need to venture to the countryside for a slice of farm action. The City Farmers’ Market at Britomart brings the country to the heart of Auckland’s CBD. Held on Saturday mornings, the market showcases fresh seasonal fruit and veges, eggs and meat as well as hand-made pastries, cheeses and condiments. Grab yourself a fresh almond croissant (yum!) and perfectly brewed coffee before settling down on the grass of Takutai Square for picnic brunch. Pro tip: parking for market customers is just $6 at Britomart carpark, but make sure you get your ticket validated.
Matakana Village Farmers’ Market
So this market is a little off the beaten track, but we promise the journey to Matakana Village Farmers’ Market is worth it! On Saturday mornings the market space is bustling with growers and shoppers alike. Fill up on a variety of fine food fare and stow away fresh produce, baked goods and dairy for later in the week—all while being serenaded by local talent. No visit is complete without having a French crepe or galette—savoury buckwheat pancake. Our go-to is the galette brimming with free-range ham, melted cheese and an oozing egg—just stock up on napkins before digging in!
Parnell Farmers’ Market
While we all know and love La Cigale French Market, there’s another market in Parnell worth raving about. We’re talking about Parnell Farmers’ Market. The market is held every Saturday— rain or shine—in the Jubilee Building carpark (behind the Parnell library). You’ll discover all your usual farmers’ market suspects including fresh produce, meat, flowers, bakery and deli produce. They also run free workshops on subjects such as composting, organic gardening, raising chickens and beekeeping.
Puhoi Farmers’ Market
Held on the last Sunday of every month, the Puhoi Farmers’ Market are worth the journey north. You’ll stumble upon a wide range of stalls offering fresh roasted coffee, baked bread, eggs, local honey, smoked sausages and old-fashioned lemonade. There are also numerous art and craft stalls selling the likes of jewellery, knitwear, terrariums and hand-made soaps. There’s no shortage of entertainment with live music and folk dancing performances—you might even be lucky enough to catch Puhoi’s Got Talent! All that market shopping and festivities is sure to make one thirsty, so head to the Puhoi Pub for a refreshing bevvy.
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