Organic NZ Farmers’ Market of the Year

Presented by Farmlands

Voting is open now.

This award recognises the most popular farmers’ market in Aotearoa! Local food systems and community food security are really important to us.

Farmers’ markets aren’t 100% organic but are a big part of community food systems and often have a good amount of organic produce available.

The Finalists

Announced on 3 April 2023

Bay of Islands Farmers Market
Our nominators said: “Relaxed atmosphere, beautiful spray free produce and lovely dedicated people, small & cosy. Best place to meet friends around a coffee”

Hawke’s Bay Farmers Market
Our nominators said: “It is always a joy to be at this market, rain or shine. Full of nostalgia for the farming heritage of our region and the times past where the entire farming community came together. We have a huge diversity of stallholders of exceptional quality. The market does its best to integrate the local community and there are always special events that extend the reach of local initiatives. It’s a great market significantly impacted by COVID and now the cyclone. The market could do with the boost of morale and enthusiasm that recognition in this award could bring.”

Nelson Farmers Market
Our nominators said: “I love this market. There’s always something new in the choice of produce or a new stall and such a good choice of seasonal goodies. The stall holders are friendly, great to chat with and always have interesting advice for using the different fruit and vegetables. It’s lovely to sit round the table and chat to friends with a cup of coffee afterwards.”

Oratia Farmers Market
Our nominators said: “Spray free vege and fruit stalls, with very reasonable prices. One of the vege sellers is the nicest person, who often throws in freebies. Live music, relaxed atmosphere and yummy kumara chips.”

Otago Farmers Market
Our nominators said: “It has a very diverse and large number of stall holders who all have to meet quite strict criteria. This ensures it truly is a place where we can shop locally. The organisation sends out a weekly newsletter with the latest news and where vendors can say what produce they will have. The market has a very strong emphasis on waste minimisation. There is a cup library and many vendors encourage recycling of containers, pots and use paper bags. There is also a Kiwi Harvest Pay it Forward crate. Oh and buskers!”

Tauranga Farmers Market
Our nominators said: “Atmosphere, Access to amazing fresh certified organic food, music, has everything you need.”

Thorndon Farmers Market
Our nominators said: “I like that has locally grown goods, many of them organic, and how I can have conversations with the growers and manufacturers who are there. Remus from Apple Quarters runs a weekly order system of organic goods that can’t always be found elsewhere. This has proved very worthwhile at times of disruption and I’ve been able to rely on the market for my food.”

Waikato Farmers Markets (Hamilton & Cambridge)
Our nominators said: “Beautiful settings, great stallholders, loyal customers. A great place to do business because of the producers, growers and makers, community and family vibe.”

The criteria

Nominations for this category have to be:

  • A farmers’ market. We are looking for nominations of regular farmers’ markets that operate locally, connecting producers directly with customers.
  • That’s it! Really easy.

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