Hawke's Bay Farmers' Market to be held outside throughout the year
The Hawke’s Bay Farmers’ Market, held each Sunday in Hastings, will continue to be outdoors in the Waikoko Gardens at the Tomoana Showgrounds Hawke’s Bay throughout winter.
Traditionally the market has moved into the exhibition hall and grandstand at the Showgrounds, but the overwhelming public opinion is that the preferred location of the market each Sunday is its regular positioning in the Waikoko Gardens, Hawke’s Bay Farmers’ Market Marketing Manager Alexandra Martin said.
"Following the Covid-19 lockdown when the market reopened, it stayed in its outdoor location throughout the winter into spring to adhere to the regulations put in place by MBIE in order to operate under level 2."
"There was a hugely positive response from Hawke’s Bay locals once we re-opened and so the Farmer’s Market has now taken the decision to continue with the market remaining outdoors throughout the cooler months," she said.
She says the Waikoko Gardens at the Tomoana Showgrounds Hawke’s Bay is seen as the "home" of the market and is widely regarded as a key backdrop in the success of New Zealand’s largest and arguably oldest farmers’ market.
The Hawke’s Bay Farmers’ Market is a non-profit organisation with its sole purpose to support local growers of fresh produce, and artisan food producers through the Napier Urban Farmers’ Market in Clive Square every Saturday and the flagship Hawke’s Bay Farmers’ Market at Hawke’s Bay Showgrounds every Sunday. The market celebrated its 20th-anniversary last year.
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