One of the oldest farmers' markets in New Zealand is celebrating its 15th anniversary.
Tauranga Farmers' Market has been providing fresh produce to the Bay of Plenty region since 2003, enabling food growers and producers to sell directly to the customer.
Starting out as a small market at the Tauranga Historic Village, they have developed a sustainable market with more than 2000 loyal customers and stall holders.
On Saturday, as part of the market celebrations, there will be a birthday cake, live entertainment including the Tauranga Orange City Square Dancing demonstrations and competitions. The Heart Foundation will also be in the market as part of their Big Heart Appeal week.
Competitions will include activities, such as locating the 15 candles positioned around the market, and lucky spot prizes.
Market Manager Trixie Allen says: “We still have six founding stall holders attending the market. Not only have they aged, but they've also grown their businesses, with the market being an important weekly outlet for their product.
“There is a real sense of community and you can see the dedication at the market from both the stallholders and their customers.
“They all work very hard during the week, but then being able to talk directly with your customers makes for an enjoyable experience.”
The 15th anniversary of the Tauranga Farmers' Market will be on Saturday, February 24, from 7.45am-12pm at Tauranga Primary School on 5th Avenue.