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The best farmers’ markets in the region

11 April 2018

Canterbury is full of great farmers’ markets so why not head out and stock up the pantry with some tasty treats ahead of the winter months.

Lyttelton Farmers’ Market

Every Saturday from 10am to 1pm, London St comes alive with food stalls, music and the bustle of people buying fresh produce or simply catching up with friends and enjoying a coffee or two. The Lyttelton Farmers' Market has a commitment to local food with more than a dozen stallholders from Lyttelton and a whole swathe from under 20 kilometres away. It has been running since 2005 and is a not-for-profit enterprise run by Project Lyttelton Inc.

Christchurch Farmers’ Market

Enjoy a buzzing atmosphere in a charming setting at the Christchurch Farmers' Market every Saturday from 9am to 1pm. The gathering is held in the beautiful and historic grounds of Riccarton House and Bush every Saturday morning – rain or shine. Stroll around and find meats, cheeses, fruit and vegetables sitting alongside superb coffee and other delights such as ‘posh porridge’ and hand-made French macarons – a great way to start the day.

Amberley Farmers' Market

Soak up the casual country atmosphere at the Amberley Farmers' Market every Saturday from 9am to 12pm. The market is made up of a passionate group of growers and producers from across the Hurunui.  You’ll find delicious food and locally-produced products such as olive oil, sausages, bacon, cheese and honey right in the middle of town on State Highway 1.

Ohoka Farmers' Market

Farmers’ markets are not only restricted to weekends in Canterbury, with the largest one in the Waimakariri district brightening up Ohoka Domain every Friday morning. The Ohoka Farmers' Market support up to 55 growers and food artisans with a focus on “local, seasonal, independent, eco-agriculture in the Waimakariri and beyond”. The market starts at 9am in summer and 9.30am in winter, always finishing up at 12.30pm. Ohoka is a 25 minute drive from Christchurch.

Riccarton Market

The settled autumn weather is the perfect excuse to get out and explore the impressive Riccarton Market, which is much more than just a farmers’ market with over 300 vendors. Beginning in 1989 as a car boot sale, and held every Sunday from 9am to 2pm, the Riccarton Market sells sells everything from secondhand goods, arts and crafts and plants to seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables. Stay for lunch and relax to live music in a lovely outdoor seating area.

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