With rich farmland and some of the best fishing in the country, the Bay of Islands is paradise for produce. At the local Bay of Islands Farmers’ Market you never know what you may find – fresh from the land and sea.
The region is famous for its citrus and kiwifruits, not to mention avocadoes and oils. Kerikeri in particular, has valleys lined with fruit trees and vines. It looks spectacular throughout the seasons – especially the rows of oranges and mandarins.
At the market, summer fruits like blueberries and strawberries precede the orchard offerings of apples and pears. You may find crisp salad leaves or green vegetables, rhubarb or figs.
There are award-winning cheeses, yoghurts, nuts, coffees and teas, organic meats, oysters, homemade breads and conserves. The Bay has several fabulous vineyards and is the source of fruit for world-class liqueurs.
The Farmers’ Market is a great opportunity to chat directly with the growers and makers. They are keen for feedback on any new offerings – from avocado smoothies to hot chili chocolates. They may also have tips for your vegetable garden or cooking at home.
It is not about polished perfection but all about fabulous taste – at a Farmers Market the less than perfect-looking fruit can be the pick of the crop.
Kerikeri Farmers’ Market
Post Office Car Park, Hobson Ave, Kerikeri
Sundays: 8.30am – 12.00noon
Paihia Farmers’ Market
Village Green, Paihia
Thursday: 2.00pm – 5.30pm