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Even on a not so fine day

Which is a rather rare occurrence in this sun-kissed region, the Gisborne Farmers Market shines.

There’s an infectious warmth that greets you the minute you hear the chatter of friendly locals and the catchy tunes from talented musicians.

Held every Saturday morning from 9.30 am – 12.30 pm, the popular Gisborne Farmers Market is on come rain or shine. If you’re lucky enough to visit over a weekend, then make sure to head down to the corner of Stout and Fitzherbert streets across from the Tairāwhiti Museum to discover the charm, spirit and community of the much-loved Gisborne Farmers Market - a feast for the senses and the soul!

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But first, coffee

No matter what time you arrive, the smell of freshly brewed coffee wafting will draw you right in. Say hello to the friendly folks from local roastery Far East Coffee and grab your favourite brew.

For those looking for a more fruitful fix, pop by the Hill Road Orchard stand for some mouth-watering, fresh-squeezed orange juice. Pick from single-serve cups or quench your thirst with 330 ml, 1 Litre, 2 Litre bottles to takeaway.

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Then a tasty treat

Going to the Gisborne Farmers Market on an empty stomach is always a good idea. That way you can treat yourself to something special from Newmoon Crepes. Made to order with a filling of your choice, you can choose from crepes filled with lemon and sugar, cinnamon and butter, caramel, chocolate or honey. Or for a more savoury option, enjoy authentic galettes with cheese (with vegan and GF options too), ham and cheese or the full brekky if you come with a big appetite.

There’s also Biki’s Gyoza homemade Japanese dumplings, steamed pork buns, miso soup and crispy spring rolls if you’re peckish for lunch ideas. Bonus points for vegan and vegetarian options also on the menu.

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Seasonal offerings

Peruse your way along the aisles to see what seasonal produce is available. The fertile lands of Tairāwhiti are blessed with plenty to harvest all year round so pickings are always plentiful – especially citrus fruits!

From spring through to summer, you’ll find locally grown berries galore and avocados ripe and ready or towards the end of summer a bounty of Santa Marie passionfruit.

There’s fresh cut roses and other floral blossoms and of course a range of local honey on offer all year round. If you’re in Gisborne during the holiday season, make sure to pop in during the special Christmas market for a festive market full of gift ideas for friends and family or find something just for you.

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6 uniquely Gisborne Farmers Market favs to check-out

  1. Torere Macadamia nuts – locally grown in Torere Bay, these are the perfect go-to snacks packed with nutrients, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants.
  2. Tairāwhiti Hemp Company – brings you environmentally conscious, nutritious hemp products including hemp hearts, hemp seed oil, hemp protein.
  3. Real Fresh From The Sea food truck: Ngāti Porou owned fish shop offering fresh fish, smoked fish, and other tasty seafood products including mousse, pates and spreads.
  4. Waimata Cheese – artisan, handcrafted, award-winning cheese from camembert to brie, blue vein and mozzarella.
  5. Hihi Wines- locally grown, boutique winery with over 60 award-winning wines produced such as Pinot Gris (Gold), Viognier (Gold) and Albarino (Silver).
  6. Lake Road Lavender: handmade lavender products including specialty soaps, creams and oils.
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