Tamahere market goes nuts

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It’ll be a nutty affair at the Tamahere Market this Saturday with hazelnuts, macadamia nuts and walnuts in plentiful supply.

The April 21st market is fully booked – as usual – so the seasonal and fresh produce will be side by side with the growing and changing array of tasty cooked food and drink, arts, crafts and all-round imaginative cleverness of local people.

“Any sites that happen to be empty on the day are because of car breakdowns, broken legs and wives having babies!” says market organiser Jane Manson.

The market has begun to fill a niche with gluten-free products, including by the ‘Short Grumpy Chick’ who offers “fantastic tasting gluten free baking”, she says. And for lovers of fresh pasta, Pastamia is making a return to the market with fresh pasta and ready-to-eat meals.

For the gardeners, it’s time to plant trees and citrus trees will be available along with the usual selection of shrubs and ornamental trees and plants.

Stone sculptures are a beautiful but less demanding addition to the garden or house and the market’s stone sculptor offers beautiful stone bowls in granite and local rock, including large pieces only a crane can lift. He also brings smaller creations and is available for commissioned work.

Recently, the market has been credited with helpfully raising the profile of a small business and a charity in tough times.

“We have been very pleased with the way the market has come through the financial upheaval of the past years,” Manson says. “I think it is great to think we can support New Zealanders in this way, by buying NZ-made products and supporting the Waikato.

“I know the market is a place to come not only to make ends meet, try out products with honest public feedback, but also as a social outlet – a place that is fun, upbeat and friendly, a great place to show people from out-of-town, or maybe a good place just to catch up with friends and neighbours. It’s my favourite day of the month, every month, rain or shine!!”

This Saturday, the forecast is for sunny weather.

For more detail on the market including directions click here.

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