The first Tamahere Market of 2017 this Saturday begins a year in which the popular market will mark its 13th birthday.
The market founding organiser Jane Manson, who still holds the position today, can probably justifiably claim to have changed the market scene in the Waikato over the years.
“When we first started there was the Frankton Market and the yearly markets at Pirongia and Cambridge so we offered something entirely different,” Manson told Tamahere Forum.
“We now compete with at least six or seven other markets around the region. However, I think we have maintained our following with the talent of our stallholders and the high quality products and produce they bring to Tamahere.”
Tamahere Market is an all-year market – a firm date on the calendar on the third Saturday of every month.
“Winter was a challenge last year,” said Manson, “but we made up for it in the last three markets of 2016 which were huge.”
At this Saturday’s market shoppers can expect to find fresh produce, including sweetcorn, apricots, avocados, cherries and berries.
“We are now a source for all things garden and growing,” said Manson. “We have organic compost and potting mix, and now Humate, a product that promises to make plants zoom!”
Following the gardening theme there will also be plants of all shapes and sizes, nifty growing containers and stunning outdoor art.
Even the family pet is catered for at the Tamahere Market with doggy treats and big, meaty bones.
“I have asked all dogs to ensure their owners are on a lead, especially when buying the doggy treats and big bones!” jokes Manson.
The Tamahere Market is held in the St Stephen’s Church grounds, corner of Airport Rd and Tamahere Drive, from 8am to 1pm, each third Saturday of every month. More details here.