Farmers markets are a community event once a week where you can purchase fresh produce. There are generally 2 types of farmers markets. The first is the “authentic” farmers market, these markets have to follow a set of guidelines to be authenticated.
3 GOLDEN RULES ARE
1. Primarily food is sold (no arts, craft, bric-a-brac) with exceptions for plants and flowers
2. Food is produced within a defined local area
3. Vendors must be directly involved in the growing or production process of the food (no on-selling)
The second is a local market that has produce and maybe some craft and or bric a brac sold as well.
A farmers market may have fruit and vegetables, locally grown and processed meat and cheese, honey, preserves. Farmers market are a great place for the local community to gather once a week to pick up their weekly produce knowing that its very fresh and locally produced.
As we focus globally on the war on waste and sustainability, buying locally made produce is becoming more attractive. Fresher, less waste, less plastic, you know where your food comes from, you can ask the grower about what they use on their food (pesticides etc) . Fresh food lasts longer and tastes better.
For more information on authentic farmers market check out http://www.farmersmarkets.org.nz/
For a list of farmers market on in Auckland check out Auckland Markets Facebook events page