Bay of Islands Farmers Market
I Love Farmers Markets - just Love them.... all the same reasons as everyone else, fresh, local, interesting products usually with the person who made them standing right there!!! We arrived too late to attend a Saturday market so stay tuned for next week.... in the meantime the one held in Kerikeri is completely 'on point'.
The entrance was harbouring an excellent coffee stand - a great espresso in hand to start a market is always a good thing
Bread - freshly baked - I actually only needed a baguette - but check out the incredible loaves of potato bread and I cant say how happy I am that I bought one - best potato bread I have had in a long, long time - so soft and fluffy on the inside - and later in the week eaten toasted lightly on the outside still kept a soft fluffy centre - the baguette waited so long to be eaten it will have to be toasted bruschetta now....
Big bowls of Strawberries - you could pick up a hint of fragrance before you could see them.
Lettuce as big and as crisp as you could wish for!
Great fudge stall where I may have bought a piece of white chocolate rocky road for tasting later (evidence possibly on Instagram)
Salami - old fashioned recipe - the guy tells me - that you don't put in the fridge, you hang these ones - bought the green peppercorn one on the spot, later found that to be an excellent impulse purchase too.
Blueberries and Blueberry Icecreams - pretty sure that's allowed for breakfast on the weekends.
CHEESE - best cheese you could hope to find - Mahoe is a top award winning cheese - consistently at the NZSCA awards, so delighted to find them here I didnt hesitate to buy the 'Mahoe Blue' and the 'Very Old Gouda' I wanted more, but this is the summer of losing a little weight (and I can get more next week...)
Hours - 8.30am til 12.30 rainor shine (most stalls had gazebos so the rain part would still be manageable!)
My top purchases were - Potato Bread, Espresso, Mahoe Cheeses (Blue and Very Old Gouda,) The $1.50 herbs (still going strong with several leaves missing now) Churchhills Salami.
Breakfast Options - Plenty of good options, relaxed and inexpensive.
Parking - very easy (although I was there at 9ish)
Stall holders - all extremely helpful and friendly - purchasing the potato bread I was told that it wasn't gluten free, I guess in case I was buying it for that reason but I am kinda lucky - my only consideration is my waistline, I was given wonderful advice on pruning my old fig tree, and my salami will be stored in perfect conditions.
Most Unusual Stall - well it is the time of year I guess, but you could pick up your Xmas tree... but my most unusual purchase was a paw paw tree, my edible garden is reaching new heights!!