From Farm Gate To Plate
Fresh produce, homemade delights and passionate people behind the products - Farmers' Markets are wholesome way to support local and shop directly at the source. Make some space in your week to check out the many markets near and far. You'll fall in love with the relaxed, friendly atmosphere and of course, the talented artisan producers.
Enjoy a buzzing atmosphere in a charming setting at Christchurch Farmers' Market, held at historic Riccarton House every Saturday morning. Meats, cheeses, fruit and vegetables sit alongside superb coffee and baked treats to enjoy while you're strolling around.
With over 300 stalls Riccarton Market is Christchurch's largest market. Held every Sunday from 9am - 2pm there's always a bargain or tasty treat to be found.
In the heart of the city overlooking the Avon River, Riverside Market operates 7 days a week and provides a unique farmers' market experience. Indulge in locally sourced fare, numerous restaurants and all-round good vibes. The inside location makes it the perfect destination whatever the weather.
Waimakariri & Hurunui
Soak up the casual country atmosphere at the Amberley Farmers' Market every Saturday, made up of passionate 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 Domain comes alive every Friday morning as the Ohoka Farmers' Market supports up to 55 growers and food artisans, with a focus on local and seasonal eco-agriculture in the Waimakariri. A short and scenic 25 minute drive from Christchurch will take you to Ohoka.
Head to Oxford for a leisurely Sunday morning market filled with a wide range of meats, fruit, vegetables, flowers, preserves and more from over 15 stalls. The Oxford Farmers' Market operates year round, come rain or shine.
The Akaroa Farmers Market brings a taste of Southern France to Banks Peninsula every Saturday from 9.30am. Stock-up the picnic basket with delights such as olives, baguettes, croissants, cheese and freshly-caught fish, and enjoy a day exploring the stunning seaside village of Akaroa – a former French settlement just 1.5 hours' drive from Christchurch. Please note: The Akaroa Farmers Market runs from October - April.
Saturday mornings are a hive of activity in the historic port-side town of Lyttelton. Its thriving Farmers' Market attracts a host of locals and visitors every weekend, with a colourful array of local produce as well as stalls cooking up tasty brunch options to enjoy as you wander. Local musicians often provide entertainment, and there are lots of tempting treats to enjoy with a good coffee as you soak up the atmosphere.
Mid & South Canterbury
Further south, bring a hearty appetite to Ashburton's Saturday morning Farmers' Market. The market provides the opportunity to purchase fresh in season produce straight from the producer to consumer.
Timaru hosts a weekly Artisan Farmer's Market, from 9am - 12:30pm Saturday. The perfect way to start the day with a delicious brunch or grab your weekly groceries and be sure to check out the amazing artisan crafts.
In the rural township of Geraldine you'll find a weekly Saturday farmers market from 9am - 12:30pm and the weekly Waimate Market includes fresh farm produce along with arts and crafts. The market is held every Saturday from 9.30am at the Waimate Community Centre.