We love heading out our to our local farmers' market bright and early over the weekend. We have a tendency to lose ourselves in the flurry of fresh produce, delicious treats and charming stallholders, indulging ourselves along the way - but why not, it is the weekend after all. With so many new markets and stalls popping up each week, we decided to go on a little adventure to our favourite markets across the country. Here are a few of our favourites from Auckland all the way down to Dunedin...
Auckland has an abundance of must see farmers markets. It was tough picking one, so we had to choose two...
City Farmers' Market at Britomart
Every Saturday, rain or shine, we find ourselves at the City Farmers' Market in the centre of the Britomart precinct. This pint sized market has it all - from french pastries and crepes, to mussel fritters and octopus dumplings, it's very difficult to not sample everything in sight. Our picks are Philippe's Chocolate & French Pastries and Mulleez Smoked Seafood. Don't forget to pick up a bunch of fresh flowers before you leave - another stall too difficult to resist.
On Sundays it is essential for us to head over to the Grey Lynn Farmers Market. A little pocket of the country along Richmond Rd. Our absolute favourites are newcomers Carew Kitchen, who make the most delectable almond milk, and Hakanoa Handmade Drinks, which you can use in a 101 different ways - just check out their recipes online. Despite being another small market the amount of fresh produce and warm, flakey pastries they have on offer is worth the early wake up call.
The Hamilton & Waikato Farmers Market runs every Sunday from 8am - 12pm and has a massive selection of goodies week to week. With fifty stall holders (and growing) there are treats for all tastes, including dogs! We cannot get enough of award winning Sweetree Honey and Soggy Bottom Holding, who hands down serve the best pies in the Waikato.
We adore the Hill Street Farmers' Market, which run every Saturday from 8.30am - 12.30pm, offering a little slice of the country to our capital. The market is buzzing with incredible stalls, so it's very hard to pick and choose favourites. Two stalls we are quietly obsessed with are Fix and Fogg and the House of Dumplings. Peanut butter and dumplings are high on our list of favourite things, and these two offer some of the best. Definitely worth a visit them this weekend.
Christchurch has a lot of fresh and exciting markets popping up but our favourite is a golden oldie, The Christchurch Farmers' Market at Riccarton House. Open from 9am - 1pm every Saturday, we love heading out to these markets to see what's new. Cakes by Anna is an absolute favourite and we are also loving new kids on the block Honest Organics. Their sweet yet healthy range of treats is incredible, we especially love the Chia Seed Breakfast Bowl, with the raspberry base, yum!
Last but certainly not least we have the Otago Farmers' Market, the perfect place to end our journey. A hub of food, produce, treats and flowers it's a wonderland for any market lover. The market runs every Saturday from 8am until 12.30pm, and we can never resist starting off with a sweet crepe from La Crepe. After collecting fresh fruit and vegetables for the week ahead, we make sure to grab some pizza from Mamma Mia Pizza. They may just make the best wood fire pizzas in Dunedin and it's the only (and best!) way to finish off a trip to the markets.
What are a few of your favourite markets? Comment below and we'll make sure we check them out x