Experience Nine: Five of the North Island’s Best Farmers’ Markets

Scout for the tastiest local produce at these five farmers’ markets on the North Island…

Clevedon, East Auckland
Try fresh fruit and veg, meat, cheese and other local produce at this bustling market, a 40-minute drive from Auckland, held every Sunday morning. Get here early and reward yourselves with bacon-and-egg baps or espressos and just-baked pastries.
More info: http://www.clevedonfarmersmarket.co.nz


Matakana, Auckland North
Join the artisans, farmers and growers at Matakana’s market every Saturday morning, which tempts with artisan cakes and biscuits, Italian sausages, organic chocolate, olive oil and other delicacies. The market is just one part of Matakana’s strategy to become New Zealand’s first cittaslow (Italian for ‘slow town’). There’s also a separate arts and crafts market that’s well worth browsing.
More info: http://www.visitmatakana.co.nz/markets


Hawkes Bay Farmers Market
The only problem with this amazing market is fitting in time and room to eat all of the delicious treats on offer. Buy fresh fruit and veg, cheese, meat, wine, cakes, pickles, eggs, chocolates, preserves and more, straight from the producer (quiz them for serving tips, while you’re at it). The market takes place every Sunday between 8.30am and 12.30pm.
More info: http://www.hawkesbayfarmersmarket.co.nz/

Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
Have a deliciously leisurely Saturday at this excellent market held between 7.45am and noon, known in particular for its creamy cheeses: locally made Mt Eliza Cheese was awarded the ‘Creamiest Food Producer from the Dairy’ in the Farmers’ Markets Awards.
More info: http://www.taurangafarmersmarket.co.nz


Auckland Night Markets
Streetfood-fans will love Auckland Night Markets, which take place in six locations found around Auckland, including a market in Hamilton. There’s a particularly strong Asian presence, so you can expect excellent Thai, Chinese and Japanese offerings; there are also arts and crafts stalls touting all kinds of wares.

More info: http://aucklandnightmarkets.co.nz/

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