The Tamahere Market is back this Saturday, September 18 – a welcome return after a covid-forced cancellation in August.
There will be restrictions but careful planning has enabled the popular market to go ahead to the delight of organisers, vendors and, inevitably, market lovers.
Market organiser Jane Manson said Ministry of Health advice is that the market is an ‘event’ which, under Delta covid level 2 rules stipulate that there be no more than a hundred people in any one space.
In practical terms that has meant providing a one-way in, one-way out route through the market with everyone masked up, QR scanning at the gate and using hand sanitiser.
There will be arrangements for food to be picked up separately from where it is ordered.
“We ask that everyone is mindful of 2m distancing and because of this people may be asked to move on to a different area if there is not enough room in queues,” Manson said.
“Definitely, absolutely come to the market,” Manson said, “but help us by following the instructions.
“And buy from the vendors – they are doing it tough! Support your local people and the market.”
The market is known for its food from fresh Bay of Plenty avocados, fresh veges, bacon and small goods, tasty varieties of cheese, jams, pickles and chutneys, spices, donuts, cakes, coffee and much more.
It also has a top reputation for a range of New Zealand-inspired and made arts and crafts.
Tamahere Market is held in St Stephen’s church grounds, corner of Airport Rd and Tamahere Drive, from 8am to 1pm. Eftpos is available, take your own bags and reusable cups.
Covid-allowing the market is held on the third Saturday of each month.
For more on the market and its vendors click here for the dedicated Tamahere Market page.