The Big Foody Food Tours Guide to NZ Farmers Markets
We are so lucky in NZ to have plenty of excellent farmers markets dotted around the country. Four of the best are:
One of our highlights of the Otago Farmers Market is ever delicious Evansdale Cheese. We love the Tania, a manuka hot smoked brie. It is amazing in burgers and grilled cheese! Any market with a Bacon Buttie stand is a must visit so we recommend heading straight over to the Bacon Buttie Station at the Otago Market.
Gisborne Farmers Market is on the corner of Sprout Street opposite the museum every Saturday morning. One of our favourite is HiHi wine. They have a couple of big bouncy Chardonnays, one appropriately named Gizzy. Wines are around $10 / bottle and perfect for a picnic with other market produce. In season there are delicious avocados and local fruit and we’re huge fans of the fish stall who have a mouth wateringly addictive raw fish salad.
Every time we are in the Hawkes Bay there is a compulsory Sunday morning at the Hastings Farmers Market. It is one of the largest in the country and apart from the endless queue for coffee, it is absolute heaven. Check out Hawkes Bay food heros St Andrews Limes and Orcona Chilli and Peppers. We adore the Orcona dried chilies and chili flakes. St Andrews produce a Lime Curd that I have been caught eating out of the jar with a spoon! You can also enjoy local wines, nuts, meats, fruit and veg, olive oils and baked goods.
The Old Packhouse Farmers Market is Northland’s biggest farmers market and open rain or shine on Saturday morning with the very best local produce on offer. Check out the fruit leather, especially the Feijoa and all the local cheese. It is a great spot to spend the morning with live music and lots of food stands. We stocked up on some amazing chili sauces and some amazing strawberry vinegar!
Check out the Auckland Farmers Markets with us on our Tastebud Tour!!!!