September is Farmers Market month here at The Big Foody and an opportunity to share with you some of the stories and history of the stall holders and farmers markets around the Auckland region. On our weekend Tastebud Tours we visit a couple of farmers markets meeting the vendors and sampling the artisan produce, heirloom vegetables, baked goods, olive oils and cheeses. if you’re venturing out and about on your own while in the city here is a list of highly recommended markets to go and check out!
Matakana Village Farmers’ Market – An hour north of Auckland this fantastic farmers market is home to some of the region’s best artisans. We highly recommend taking some picnic gear and buying all the ingredients for a picnic at the beach. It is also in the middle of the North Auckland wine region where some of the most delicious red wines are produced. We often visit this market on our private tours, so if you would like us to take you to explore this exciting region, get in touch!
Hobsonville Point Farmers’ Market – One of our favourites! Hobsonville Point Farmers Market is tucked away at the far side of the Waitemata Harbour and situated in an old airforce hanger. Running both on Saturday and Sunday there are a large variety of vendors selling cheese, breads, honey, chutneys and much more.
The City Farmers’ Market at Britomart – Saturday morning only. Fantastic central city market to get some supplies and enjoy a mussel fritter or two.
Grey Lynn Farmers’ Market – Sunday morning only, this little market is inside the community centre and great for local honeys from the nearby Kemlmarna urban farm.
Parnell Farmers’ Market Another one of our favourites and on Saturday morning only, Parnell Farmers Market is next to the Domain and the best in the city.
La Cigale French Style Farmers’ Market Weekend market with a classic French style.
Clevedon Village Farmers’ Market Sunday heaven! We love this place. 40 mins south of the City Centre, Clevedon Farmers Market has some of the best produce from all around the area. We highly recommend you check out the Tomatoes from The Curious Croppers and Culleys Chilli Sauces
Coatesville Market – Held on the first Sunday of every month this large market has groceries, craft and all sorts. Go early, it gets busy.